The Sage Commons is a novel information platform being built by an international partnership of researchers and stakeholders to define the molecular basis of disease and guide the development of effective human therapeutics and diagnostics.
The Sage Commons will be used to integrate diverse molecular mega-data sets, to build predictive bionetworks and to offer advanced tools proven to provide unique new insights into human disease biology. Users will also be contributors that advance the knowledge base and tools through their cumulative participation.
The public access mission of the Sage Commons requires the development of a new strategic and legal framework to protect the rights of contributors while providing widespread access to integrative genomics resources.
Josh Sommer is executive director of the Chordoma Foundation, which he co-founded with his mother, Dr. Simone Sommer, after he was diagnosed with a clival chordoma in 2006. He believes that patients should play an active role in bringing about treatments for their own conditions, and that patients represent a largely untapped source of funding, energy, and know-how in the treatment development process
I am impressed with the fresh perspective the Chordoma Foundation is bringing to the research table. The high tech industry, specifically the customer support environment has learned a lot about the challenge of knowledge occurring, being locked up in unique places and never shared. I think having some of the engineers who have been leading the charge from Google to Oracle to Sun Microsystems could come in and look at this and give some powerful suggestions. THAT knowledge is transferable. What Josh has done in less than 4 years is truly extraordinary. Blessings to him and his family.