E-Group Team Player Series: We introduce Professor Péter Mátyus, who plays a key role in our pharmaceutical innovation activities.

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Innovation is a team sport!

We introduce important members of our team who contribute to our success through their work.

 

Professor Péter Mátyus (Semmelweis University, PTE, E-Group) works in exciting research areas. A particularly interesting area of ​​his research is drug repositioning, the application of a drug already used for therapeutic purposes in other medical fields.

A common example of drug repositioning is the story of Viagra, a drug that was originally intended for cardiovascular diseases, but it has become a pioneer in other fields. The creativity of researchers and developers is clearly demonstrated by the fact that they were able to recognize and leverage the pharmacological and business potential of Viagra.

Developing a new substance takes 12-13 years of preparation before launching it on the market, since the efficacy and security of the drug for therapeutic purposes must be justified. This requires a wide range of preclinical research and development, ’in vitro in vivo’ testing. In many cases, despite the encouraging results of preclinical trials, only during the clinical trials does it become clear that the drug has got an undesirable effect that disqualifies it from use in human medicine or it may be proven efficacious. If an existing medicinal product is to be used in new areas, the time for authorization will be significantly shortened, since data, including human use, are already available for that medicinal product. This period can be reduced to up to 3-5 years. The coronavirus epidemic has drawn everyone’s attention to drug repositioning, with the help of which drug development can be rapid enough to combat viral infection as soon as possible.

The amount of medical data being shared by different data sources is rapidly increasing. Publicly available data on illnesses, available drugs and their efficacy allow IT to provide significant contribution to the work of Professor Mátyus and other researchers. The InnoHealth DataLake project is a collaboration of high-quality medical/biomedical research and data-driven innovative IT solutions. Within the InnoHealth DataLake project, E-Group and the University of Pécs is building a bridge to connect the medical and biomedical fields with data driven IT capabilities to support healthcare and R&D&I (Research and Development and Innovation).

The analysis of health-related data offers opportunities for healthcare service and innovation in a wide range of areas. For instance, in the field of oncology care, during a therapeutic treatment of a patient, it aids in choosing the appropriate direction of therapy. Another example is the ​​care for traumatic brain injuries, with the help of data, the selection of biomarkers best supporting the monitoring becomes more efficient.

Health-related data can also be helpful from a health economic perspective. By analyzing the effects of drugs, their cost-effectiveness can also be determined. This requires the analysis of treatment data from a large number of patients. The method can help determine which formulation is eligible for NEAK (National Health Insurance Fund of Hungary, formerly OEP) support.


“The InnoHealth DataLake project covers a wide range of medical fields. The set of sub-projects was organized to illustrate the possibilities of data-driven health care, research and innovation, in which each of the subprojects focus on an important use-case or area.”


A good example of this is the stroke project. When a sudden stroke is diagnosed, in most cases, its severity and nature are not known, nor the type of care the patient will eventually need. Therefore, the patient may also be transported to a location where the appropriate conditions for treatment are not met. This can significantly impair the effectiveness of the intervention, as in the case of a stroke, the time window of the intervention can be very narrow. If there was a way to know the type of care the patient will need during the patient transport, it will significantly contribute to the success of the treatment. With the help of a system based on video communication, it is possible to scale the condition of the patient (determine the type of intervention needed) and the patient will be transported to an appropriate place of care, thus minimizing the extent of health damage. This example illustrates that health data has become an indispensable player in almost all areas of healthcare today, from prevention through patient care to drug innovation.

 

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E-Group’s Team Players Series: Meet Professor Sándor Molnár, our space scientist

 

Innovation is a team sport!

In this new series of portrays, we introduce some of our team members, who are vital for our team’s success.

 

As a Professor of astrophysics, Sándor Molnár has dedicated most of his life to space research. He has published several scientific studies related to the universe. He has also written a book, Cosmology with Clusters of Galaxies (2015), which discusses how galaxy clusters can be used to explore the universe. Sándor was born and raised in Hungary, and began his higher education at Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. He left the country in 1986. He earned his PhD in astrophysics at Bristol University in the UK (1998). Since then, he has been leading several cosmology projects in the USA, UK, Switzerland and Taiwan.

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During his time in the United States he worked at the National Academy of Sciences’ National Research Council (NRC) as a Research Associate on different NASA projects. He recently returned to his hometown, Budapest. A major reason for his return was an invitation to work with E-Group on innovative space technology projects.


“One of the fastest growing businesses is space business. For a flexible and innovative company such as E-Group, it is definitely heading toward the right direction as we are planning to collaborate with universities and their smart data labs for these SpaceTech projects.”


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The goal is to establish a similar type of collaboration as the already operating E-Group Data and Trust Industry LAB. It is a joint initiative of ELTE and E-Group to find solution for economic problems. The main research areas of the lab are Digital Trust and identity, user and data identification systems, transactional and SmartData, solutions based on complex analytics (applied AI solutions, language technologies, deep-learning based learning systems). 

According to Sándor there are numerous application areas for SpaceTech. It is common knowledge that satellites are useful in logistics/shipments for tracking cars, trucks and other vehicles. In addition, satellites are used in natural catastrophe risk assessment and management. For example, as a flood is advancing, the extent of the flood can be forecasted with satellite data combined with 3D hydrodynamic models. It is also possible to assess the damage that floods, earthquakes and fires could cause.

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One of the most promising SpaceTech application sectors is agriculture. Satellites haveproven to be amazing tools in this sector. For example, with a satellite camera of an accuracy of 30-50 cm we can monitor the state of the fields, estimate the yield of crops and harvest timing, detect and control pests and diseases, target chemical application or even realize animal count or their classification. Remote sensing satellites provide key data for monitoring soil, snow cover, drought and crop development. SpaceTech has given rise to a new trend in agriculture: precision farming, that is transforming agriculture into a sustainable sector based on digital technology. Similarly, SpaceTech applications are playing key roles in revolutionizing the maritime industry.

As for the data service from satellites, Sándor explains that images from a satellite can be downloaded to a ground station 4-6 times a day. This can be done only when the satellite is in the line of sight of the ground station, and there are optimal weather conditions. Clouds usually do not cause any problems, but rain can be an obstacle for data transmission since water absorbs radio waves.

From a safe operation stand point, there are currently thousands of satellites in space and the numbers are increasing. Sooner or later, the likelihood of these satellites colliding will be substantial. However, for now, it is not a problem, since the orbit paths of satellites are always subject to approval before being launched into space. The process is similar to that of arranging the flight paths of airplanes.

The vast amounts of data coming from satellites require new methods of big data analysis and massive computing power. In this respect, E-Group is strategically positioned since its main expertise is processing and analyzing large amounts of data. We are confident to successfully take on the challenges that the new promising field of Space Technology might bring.

 

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E-Group’s Team Players Series: Meet Yan Yu Ping, who recently celebrated her second anniversary at the company!

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Innovation is a team sport!

In this new series of portrays, we introduce some of our team members, who are vital for our team’s success.

 

Yuping Yan is one of the several foreign team members at E-Group, all the way from Shanghai, China. Yuping has an educational background in the field of cybersecurity and cryptography. She earned her Bachelor’s degree back in China at the University of Shanghai for Science and Technology. Later on, she continued her education in Europe, completing her Master’s in the University of Trento in Italy and Eötvös Loránd University (ELTE) in Budapest. Currently, she is working for E-Group, meanwhile, she is also finishing her PhD degree in cryptography at ELTE. The topic of her PhD thesis is ‘Anonymization and authentication in large databases’. She spends a lot of time and energy on her academic work and gets valuable help and consultancy from E-Group for her studies. She receives a lot of guidance and mentoring in the fields of academic research projects and she is also able to access deep industry experience and expertise of the company. Working for E-Group provides her with an opportunity for professional growth and personal improvement.

Yuping joined E-Group 2 years ago, after she met Antal Kuthy, founder & CEO of E-Group, over an interesting discussion. She was offered an internship position at the firm, where she is currently working as official academic partner in the roles of security analyst and software developer. She is actively involved in the joint venture of ELTE and E-Group, in the E-Group Data and Trust Industry LAB.

Antal Kuthy explains that Yuping is doing her EIT Digital Industrial PhD program at E-Group in collaboration with the ELTE doctoral school. By being an industry PhD, it is pivotal that Yuping’s PhD activities are directly linked to market activity with her work in the lab, creating a new cryptography-driven product and enhancing our existing data security portfolio with new solutions.

Yuping participates in several of our projects, including the InnoHealth Datalake Project, China UnionPay Gateway and DealShopper, where she is performing security analysis. She says her favorite project to work on is InnoHealth Datalake, that is the one she finds the greatest challenges. The main aim of this project of E-Group in collaboration with the University of Pécs is to develop and implement the concept of a novel complex IT system (’Datalake’) capable of collecting, storing and analyzing all types of health data (which are generated in healthcare activities and services at UP, together with all relevant external data). It also serves as a prototype for domestic and regional (e.g. V4) healthcare systems.


“I like working for E-Group, first of all, because of Antal’s personality. His visions are inspiring and he keeps encouraging people to achieve more. Another reason is that people here are very friendly. It is a very good environment you are surrounded with, so many great minds with different personalities. You could learn a lot from these professionals.”


Yuping shares her Budapest apartment with her puppy, whose name is translated to English as “White as a cloud”. She is also an avid piano player in her free time. She practices playing Ferenc Liszt, however she characterizes the compositions of this virtuoso pianist as more than just complicated. Yuping loves Hungary. She describes Budapest as a very beautiful and vivid city, of which her parents are also fond of, so they visit her quite often. In their opinion, Hungary is a safe country for enjoying the colorful European culture.

 

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E-Group became a member of the AI Coalition

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E-Group ICT Software Zrt. is proud to be a member of The Hungarian Artificial Intelligence (AI) Coalition. The AI Coalition was founded upon the initiative of the Ministry of Innovation and Technology under the Digital Success Programme as an expert and consultation forum of the local AI ecosystem. This platform connects stakeholders in business, research, academia and government in the field of artificial intelligence to prepare the Hungarian economy and society for the AI revolution.

The mission of the AI Coalition is to

  • propel Hungary to the European forefront in the area of AI developments;
  • strengthen the competitiveness of domestic enterprises through extensive dissemination and utilization AI-based use-cases;
  • facilitate the participation of Hungarian start-ups and SMEs in AI development activities in partnerships with large enterprises, universities or international partners;
  • make sure that the government, as a user of AI-powered solutions, should be actively engaged in developing the local AI ecosystem by systematically utilizing the national data asset pool.

The AI Coalition’s purpose with the so-called AI Challenge is to get at least 1% of society, that is 100,000 Hungarian citizens to learn the basics about Artificial Intelligence by completing an online course as well as introduce at least 1 million citizens to the technology via exhibits, events, brochures and contests.

Our colleague was invited to speak on Microsoft SQL Server 2019 Event

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Microsoft is hosting an SQL Server 2019 Uncovered Virtual Event on October 6, to which our colleague, the principle architect of our InnoHealth Datalake project, Alexandra Babaics, was invited to speak. She will be presenting at the Customer Cases section, where she will share her experience with the IHDL project. Szandra mentions the biggest challenges they have to face during the project and she talks about how the SQL Server 2019 helped to overcome these challenges. Link to the virtual event: SQL Server 2019 Uncovered Virtual Event