The CEO Roundtable on Cancer created the independent, non-profit Project Data Sphere (PDS) in 2014. Project Data Sphere is responsible for all aspects of the Project Data Sphere® platform, a free digital library-laboratory that provides one place where the world’s research community can broadly share, integrate and analyze historical, patient-level, comparator-arm data from academic and industry phase III cancer clinical trials. The Project Data Sphere platform is available to researchers affiliated with life science companies, hospitals and institutions, as well as independent researchers. Anyone interested in cancer research can apply and become an authorized user.
The goal of the Project Data Sphere® initiative is to spark innovation that will help the cancer community unlock the potential of valuable BIG data by generating new insights and opening new research possibilities. The true power of this platform will come from an engaged, diverse and global community focused on advancing future research. It should be underscored that volumes of such data that can be aggregated, curated and analyzed have never in history been available before. Data is now freely becoming available, with more than 1,000 researchers welcomed as PDS Scholars within the first 18 months of the PDS launch in April of 2014. On average, more than 80 researchers are to be found working within the Project Data Sphere® digital-data laboratory 24 hours of every day.