Cancer Moonshot: Patent Data Story

We investigated the USPTO Cancer Moonshot Challenge data and discovered relations and implications regarding funding in the various areas of cancer research. 

We have identified historic developments and trends in cancer research using the patent data set. Having enriched that with patent contents via Google API and classified the patents with cancer type, we could compare the distribution of patents to that of NIH funding and cancer incidence in the population. We suggest that discrepancies in these distributions be taken into consideration by public policy makers and funding institutions. We suggest more funding be directed to research in the cancer types with high mortality yet relatively low funding, like pancreas and liver, and unlike e.g. breast cancer, which seems overfunded.

We would appreciate any feedback on our submission, as to validate our approach and see the outcome of our work.

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