Austrian Government Supports Blockchain Cancer Research, Screening Tool

The government of Austria is supporting a U.K. cancer research company using blockchain to detect the disease. The government’s support comes as part of its drive to promote the technology, a press release shared with Cointelegraph confirms Nov. 10.

Lancor Scientific, which has developed a device to detect multiple cancer types and record screening results with smart contracts on blockchain, plans to open a research laboratory in the city of Graz.

Like Google’s Lymph Node Assistant, the cancer screening tool released in October using artificial intelligence (AI), Lancor Scientific’s offering aims for 90 percent accuracy.

Lancor will additionally work with local universities including the Technical University of Graz, the Medical University of Graz, and the Sigmund Freud University Vienna on international research projects, the press release states.

Commenting on the testing of blockchain implementations in the Austrian government, Austria’s minister of foreign affairs Margarete Schramböck highlighted blockchain as an area of considerable interest at state level.

“Blockchain is definitely one of the new important technologies,” she said, adding:

“In addition to Artificial Intelligence and Speech Recognition, it is one of the big issues we want to highlight in the co