CPLEX Saves Lives
Daryl Pereira 270002AW8D firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  ilogdialog optimization
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OK, so it seems I've got a bit of a fixation going with this whole medical theme, but I felt it wouldn't be right to move on without mentioning this unique Optimization customer case study session to be presented at DIALOG 09 by Michael Rees MD, PhD. Not only is Michael a real MD, but his presentation will show just how ILOG CPLEX is helping The Alliance for Paired Donation to save real lives.
The Alliance for Paired Donation finds matches for patients who have kidney failure and have willing but incompatible donors. Kidney paired donation matches one incompatible donor/recipient pair to another pair with a complementary incompatibility, so that the donor of the first pair gives to the recipient of the second, and vice versa. With over 73,000 people on the kidney transplant waiting list in America alone, 70 participating transplant centers, and an estimated one third of all willing kidney donors who have an incompatible blood type with their intended recipient, selecting the best matches among the myriad of possibilities is a monumental yet vital task.
Dr. Rees and his team are working with ILOG optimization experts to tailor their software application for their needs and thus improve the performance and accuracy of paired donation calculations or "swaps." ILOG CPLEX is recognized around the world as the leading mathematical programming optimizer and helps thousands of leading companies to improve efficiency, quickly implement new strategies and increase profitability. This application goes way beyond improving business efficiency, however, and the ILOG Optimization team is justly proud to be helping one of America's most vital non-profit organizations to save real lives.
Dr. Rees' presentation -- Optimization in Kidney Paired Donation -- is scheduled on Wednesday February 4 at 2:00-2:30 pm.