PARIS – French public sector investment bank Bpifrance SA is consolidating its commitment to e-health startups, with the announcement of a doubling in size of its Fonds Patient Autonome [Patient Independence Fund] to more than $120 million. Three further partners from France have also subscribed to this new fund. These are the Banque des Territoires – an offshoot of the French national public sector savings and investment fund, Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations; the Harmonie Mutuelle insurance group; and the foundation hospitals Groupe Vivalto Santé SA.
Becton, Dickinson & Co. (BD) is looking to ease the burden on microbiology labs with the U.S. launch of its urine culture analysis imaging application by automating microbiology processes. Powered by artificial intelligence (AI), the app is intended for use on the device manufacturer’s Kiestra lab automation incubation and imaging system.
Hematologists juggle two competing needs, and often multiple lenses, to really see what’s happening in a blood sample. Essentially, they need to see both the veins on an individual leaf and the forest, but lack a digitized system that can provide images of both. Scopio Labs Ltd.’s recently FDA-approved X100 with Full Field Morphology Peripheral Blood Smear (FFM-PBS) application addresses this need by combining computational photography imaging with artificial intelligence tools.
Aktiia SA’s cuff-less blood pressure monitor – a connected optical system for continuous monitoring – has launched in Austria, France, Germany, Ireland, U.K. and Switzerland. Aktiia’s monitor is a bracelet that includes a photoplethysmography sensor with a silicon diode receptor capable of measuring the pulse to within an accuracy of ±5 beats per minute, a communication module and a rechargeable lithium-ion battery.
Regulatory snapshots, including global submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Acutus Medical, Advanced Human Imaging, Avicenna.AI, Lantheus, Micro Interventional Devices, Nowdiagnostics.
Woebot Labs Inc. got a bit of a pick-me-up with the FDA's decision to grant breakthrough device designation to the company's digital therapeutic for postpartum depression. The WB001 app combines cognitive behavioral therapy with interpersonal psychotherapy and an understanding of how postpartum depression affects interactions and daily life. The investigational treatment is designed as an eight-week, prescription-only intervention for women under a physician’s care.
Digital therapeutics startup Akili Interactive Inc. has secured $160 million in a combined equity and debt financing to accelerate commercialization of its Endeavorrx platform for cognitive disorders. The company won FDA clearance and the CE mark in June 2020 for its video game-based treatment, Endeavorrx ALK-T01, for children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
LONDON – Ibex Medical Analytics Ltd. has secured a second CE marking for its Galen artificial intelligence decision support system for automated interpretation of tumor biopsies, adding breast cancer to the approval in prostate cancer secured just over a year ago. The CE mark follows results from a blinded, multicenter clinical study at Institut Curie in France and Maccabi Healthcare Services in Israel. Ibex says that in the trial Galen breast demonstrated very high accuracy in detecting various types of breast cancer.
Regulatory snapshots, including global submissions and approvals, clinical trial approvals and other regulatory decisions and designations: Bimini Health Tech, Ibex, Koya Medical, One Drop, Pentax Medical, Turner Imaging Systems, Varian, Visionairy Health, Xandar Kardian.