Abbott's nutrition business has awarded GSLIS $25,000 for a project led by Assistant Professor Vetle Torvik titled, “Computer-assisted text-mining across biomedical papers and patents for competitive intelligence.” Working with Torvik on this year-long project is doctoral student Adam Kehoe (MS ’09).
With guidance from biomedical scientists at Abbott, Torvik and Kehoe will develop a new system for literature-based discovery that will draw on literature from both academia and industry. The goal is to create a system that will improve discovery in the realm of biomedical research by combining these two traditionally independent bodies of work. In addition to meeting Abbott’s specific research needs, the new tool will be made available online to external researchers.
“We are interested in what extra can we find when we put together these two separated literatures. Are there discoveries to be had when we put these things together?” said Torvik.