Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute looks for genetic insights in the family tree

Published on 30 Nov 2009

With IBM’s experience and technology, we’re positioning ourselves to gain new insights into how we can treat hereditary diseases.

Luca Sangiorgi, manager, Medical Genetics Unit, Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute

Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute


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Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute is a research hospital whose Medical Genetics Unit specializes in rare hereditary skeletal disease.

Business need
Italy’s Rizzoli Orthopaedic Institute sought stronger tools to study the genetic underpinnings of rare hereditary bone diseases.

Rizzoli engaged IBM Research to develop a first-of-a-kind pedigree analytics platform that integrates genomic data, medical images and family history into a powerful research tool.

More effective treatments for hereditary diseases through more targeted protocols; more accurate determination of hereditary disease risks; more informed basis for disease screening, enabling fewer unnecessary tests, thus reducing costs.


IBM products and services that were used in this case study.

Content Manager Enterprise Edition, InfoSphere Warehouse, Tivoli Directory Server, Tivoli Storage Manager, WebSphere Application Server

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