The Chapel Hill, N.C.-based non-profit Digital Health Institute for Transformation (DHIT) and Tanjo Inc., a machine learning company headquartered in Carrboro, N.C., will launch their Community Health Utility Grid (HUG) Initiative in North Carolina in early 2020. The collaboration aims to improve healthcare outcomes for underserved populations in the state by collecting, analyzing, and sharing individual, household and community level health data.
The U.S. FDA has granted investigational device exemption approval for the use of Personal Genome Diagnostics Inc.’s (PGDx) elio tissue complete assay in a Merck & Co. Inc. trial of a Keytruda (pembrolizumab)-based combination therapy. Specifically, the assay will be used during the trial to analyze genomic markers to direct patient enrollment and stratification.
Boston-based conglomerate GE worked to make the case for its health care business to investors at a Dec. 2 event, but Wall Street seemed underwhelmed. The company’s share price remains hovering around lows not seen since the 2008-2009 financial crisis.
HONG KONG – Neurophet Inc., a South Korean AI-based brain disease diagnostics company, has secured ₩6 billion (US$5.1 million) in series A funding. The med-tech startup produces solutions based on Segengine, the company’s own technology that automatically segments brain magnetic resonance (MR) images into 107 regions within a minute.
TORONTO – Burnaby, British Columbia-based Clarius Mobile Health Inc. has launched a second-generation series of wireless ultrasound scanners aimed at expanding its foothold in the North American and European imaging markets. More portable and powerful than its predecessors – the Clarius C3 and L7 launched in 2016 – the L15 hand-held ultrasound scanner series also may find markets in cardiac and sports medicine, as well as anesthesiology.
Radiologist burnout is a common problem. To combat this issue, Berkeley, Calif.-based Rad AI has launched with a $4 million seed round led by Gradient Ventures, Google's AI-focused venture fund. Other participants in the round were UP2398, Precursor Ventures, GMO Venture Partners, Array Ventures, Hike Ventures, Fifty Years VC and various angels.
LONDON – Mologic Ltd. has started recruitment in a 263-patient trial to validate its urine-based home test for anticipating exacerbations of chronic pulmonary obstructive disease (COPD). The lateral flow immunoassay self-test detects five biomarkers of the lung disease in urine that are indicative of inflammation and infection.
Optina Diagnostics, of Montreal, and the Wagner Macula & Retina Center are collaborating on a clinical study using Optina's Retinal Deep Phenotyping (RDP) platform to screen for Alzheimer's disease. The program will put the platform into nine community eye clinics in Virginia and North Carolina.
Oxford University startup Ultromics Ltd. has won the U.S. FDA's nod for its artificial intelligence (AI) image analysis system for diagnosing coronary artery disease. Called Echogo Core, the system is intended to serve as an aid to cardiologists in evaluating echocardiograms of patients referred with symptoms such as shortness of breath and chest pain. Ross Upton, co-founder and CEO of Ultromics, called the clearance a "watershed moment" for the company, which began developing its algorithm-based system in 2011 and was spun out of Oxford University in 2017. The next stage for the company is commercializing the product and bringing it to clinicians in the U.S. Ross said the company expects to launch the product in the beginning of next year.
Marlborough, Mass.-based Hologic Inc. got good news from the U.S. FDA, which has given the green light for the 3Dquorum imaging technology, which employs Genius AI. The technology works along with Hologic's Clarity HD high-resolution imaging technology to reduce tomosynthesis image volume for radiologists by 66%, the company said.