If you have any experience with military and leadership (actual or even observed) you probably have at least heard of the book, Art of War written by a great Chinese military strategist Sun Tzu.  It’s amazing how much wisdom is still valid and can be derived from a piece of 5th century BC literature. There are many knowledgeable quotes for leadership and life from the very famous, “Keep your friends close, and your enemies closer.” to the, “Know yourself and you will win all battles.” As brilliant as most Sun Tzu’s advice is, when it comes to the battle on cancer, it’s much more complex- how do you win a battle if you ARE the enemy?

Battling with cancer cells: being your own worst enemy

“To know your Enemy, you must become your Enemy.” - cancer has mastered that.


New innovations increase democratic and programmatic access to text analytics, expanding and speeding the transformation of unstructured data for knowledge discovery

Cambridge, UK & Boston, USA – December 7th, 2017 – Natural Language Processing (NLP) text analytics provider Linguamatics today announced that the company has extended its position as a leading provider of NLP text-mining solutions for healthcare and the life sciences with the introduction of multiple innovations in 2017.

New capabilities include custom search interfaces using I2E web portals, providing much larger, wide-ranging user communities with web access to the benefits of deep NLP capabilities. Programmatic use of I2E is enhanced by I2E AMP, which delivers high-throughput, fault tolerant workflow management for real-time document processing. AMP is deployed at multiple customer sites in a variety of workflows, including safety and regulatory affairs.

“Over the last year more customers have taken advantage of the capabilities of I2E with AMP for ETL (Extract, Transform, and Load) use cases,” said Linguamatics Chief Business Development Officer Phil Hastings. “It’s exciting to see the numerous ways customers are benefitting from the ability to transform their unstructured data to a structured format that can be loaded into data warehouses or data lakes, or consumed by downstream applications for broader access and decision support.”


In this world of ever-increasing volume and variety of textual data, there is a growing variety of tools and technologies to handle and get value from these data.  We hear about a potentially bewildering barrage of AI technologies including Natural Language Processing (NLP), Machine learning, and other textual data science applications. A recent blog I read highlighted this, with a Venn covering over a dozen different disciplines (see figure below). These techniques all bring benefits, but often we just need straightforward simple access to our unstructured text data.

Empower a wide variety of users to find relevant data with high recall and precision

Linguamatics I2E brings a combination of powerful text mining tools to many pharma, biotech and healthcare users. We recognize that users’ -demands vary, and so we have created I2E Web Portals. I2E Web portals aim to engage users that want rapid easy access to scientific knowledge from both public domain knowledgebase (e.g. MEDLINE, ClinicalTrials.gov) and internal data silos, ranging from regulatory dossiers, preclinical safety data, patient/customer call transcripts, and many more.


Linguamatics I2E 5.2.0 was released at the beginning of October with availability for Enterprise and OnDemand users. It was hot on the heels of our I2E 5.1 release: we’re speeding the I2E release cycle up to release quarterly, so that you can access the latest I2E features faster.

With I2E 5.2.0, your indexes and queries are now organized in trees, which combine content stored locally and remotely i.e. on the cloud. And now it’s easier to find them: the tree views are dynamically filtered when you type the name of your index or query into the search box.

Our HTML results have had a refresh! Making it easier for you to quickly review your results and only show more advanced options when you need them.

Getting to the correct classes quickly is a key part of any query building, so in I2E 5.2.0, we made class matching up to 5x faster across I2E Pro, I2E Express, web portals and custom interfaces.

I2E 5.2.0 was launched at TMS, and everyone who took part in the workshops got a chance to use these new features and improvements in sessions such as the Query Hackathon and Leveraging New I2E Features.

Find out more about what's new in I2E.


November always brings to mind Thanksgiving and turkey, but for those of us in medical informatics it means it’s time for AMIA’s national symposium and this time it is back in Washington DC. With political upheaval in healthcare and the opioid epidemic making headlines across the nation there will be no shortage of talking points. AMIA brings together some of the best and the brightest minds in medical informatics and a great place to engage with each other to highlight opportunities for IT to improve the lives of Americans with technology.

This will be my fifth time going to AMIA, a relative novice compared to many, but I find the scale of this event much more palatable than the behemoth that is HIMSS, with a more forward-looking vibe. Linguamatics have many events planned for AMIA this year, including a pre-symposium talk, a presentation on physician metrics by MUSC and a Learning Showcase presentation. Check out the details below and stop by and see us at booth #205.

Using Text Mining to Identify Risk of Opioid Medication Abuse

Presented by Erin Tavano, Clinical Data Scientist, Linguamatics

8:30AM – 4:30PM, Saturday November 4, 2017, Georgetown East