PARIS – A team of medical researchers and engineers from the Gustave Roussy Institute, in Villejuif, France, and Paris-Sud University recently developed an artificial intelligence system called Resolved2, designed to assess prospective cancer drugs. As Loïc Verlingue, lead cancer specialist on the data science team at the Gustave Roussy Institute, explained to BioWorld MedTech, “this AI is intended to predict efficiently whether a cancer treatment molecule will achieve authorization or not within six years of pharmacological data and phase I clinical trials.”
HONG KONG – Boston-based consulting firm Analysis Group Inc. will be working with China’s Institute of Hematology & Blood Diseases Hospital (IHBDH) on developing a first-of-its-kind blood disease research platform. The National Longitudinal Cohort of Hematological Diseases in China (NICHE) is set to hold the information of more than 10,000 patients across China.
Telemedicine and robotic medicine have reshaped the provision of health care services during one of the largest annual gatherings in the world – health care that the government of Saudi Arabia provides free of charge to all pilgrims. The logistics associated with the spike in demand for health care can be daunting, but advances in medical technology have made this challenge easier.
TORONTO – Montreal’s Dialogue Technologies Inc. has received class 1 CE marking for artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software that enables the company’s existing telehealth platform to reduce the time required to triage patients in emergencies. The new AI-driven Dialogue Intake software also has “human-in-the-loop” capability ensuring real-time medical intervention to verify the accuracy of information provided physicians during telehealth consultation.
Caresyntax GmbH, a Berlin-based provider of surgical automation, analytics and AI software technologies, picked up $45.6 million in venture funding. The funds will be used to accelerate U.S. and global expansion and support continued development and deployment of Caresyntax products. Participating in the financing were Whiz Partners, a Takeda-back drug discovery gateway investment limited partnership, Plug and Play Tech Center, Barco Healthcare, Mitsubishi Corp., Relyens, IPF Partners and Caresyntax founders Dennis Kogan and Bjoern von Siemens.
Irving, Texas-based Caris Life Sciences Inc. has launched an AI-based genomic profiling test to better characterize cases of cancer of unknown primary origin (CUP) and atypical cases and offer appropriate treatment options. Known as the MI GPS (Genomic Profiling Similarity) Score, the analysis is based on an AI analysis of a 592-gene panel of all the clinically relevant genetic biomarkers for cancer.
A pair of Israeli health tech companies, Beyond Verbal and Healthymize, plan to merge to form Newton, Mass.-based Vocalis Health. The company will be focused on developing vocal biomarkers, which track voice patterns via phone calls or smart devices to screen for various voice-indicating ailments including chronic respiratory and cardiac conditions, as well as depression. Vocalis has raised a $9 million financing led by Israeli health tech and life science venture firm Amoon to accumulate additional clinical data and enhance its voice database.
Current Health Ltd., of Edinburgh, Scotland, scooped up $11.5 million in a series A financing that was led by MMC Ventures. The funds are earmarked to scale up Current Health’s patient management platform, with the aim of preventing global illness in 1 million patients by 2021. Legal & General Group plc, a London-based financial services company, was the largest investor in the round and represents Current Health’s first corporate investor.
PARIS – Grapheal SAS, of Grenoble, France, is developing a new generation of dressings integrating an embedded electronic biosensor. The Grapheal device consists of monolayer graphene on a polymer layer 0.3 nanometers thick. “This noninvasive embedded device collects data from the wound. The wireless e-health wound monitoring system, or smart patch, remotely reports the status of chronic wounds to the care team,” Vincent Bouchiat, co-founder and CEO at Grapheal, told BioWorld MedTech.
Orthogrid Systems Inc., of Salt Lake City, has received a green light from the U.S. FDA for the latest application on its intraoperable PhantomMSK platform, this one for use in orthopedic trauma cases. The new PhantomMSK Trauma application, which Orthogrid plans to formally roll out next spring, joins currently available applications for total hip and hip preservation. The Trauma application is an orthopedic surgical software that helps surgeons achieve and confirm the alignment of bone fractures and improves intraoperative efficiency via artificial intelligence-trained and augmented reality-based decision support and assistance for the placement of surgical instruments.