Collaborative agreement between MEDIAN Technologies and Microsoft
MEDIAN Technologies (ALMDT), a leading medical imaging solutions and service provider for image interpretation and management in oncology, and Microsoft announced today a joint global initiative in the rapidly growing Precision Medicine market to develop new cancer detection, diagnosis and monitoring methods using Big Data analytics. As part of the initiative, MEDIAN Technologies will collaborate with Microsoft to install its groundbreaking imaging biomarker phenotyping system (IBIOPSY™) on the Microsoft Azure cloud computing platform. On Azure, IBIOPSY™ will provide capabilities for processing and analyzing medical images, extracting biomarkers of disease in real time for cancer diagnosis and treatment purposes.
“Precision Medicine is about to revolutionize how diagnostic and biological data is used to pinpoint and deliver care that is preventive, targeted and effective” said Fredrik Brag Chief Executive Officer at MEDIAN Technologies. “Extracting biomarkers of disease from medical images is at the core of the Precision Medicine effort. Big Data computing and analytics will allow efficient processing and analysis of imaging biomarkers which is essential for early detection of cancer and monitoring of new targeted cancer treatments. Our collaboration with Microsoft will allow us to deliver these solutions into routine clinical practice on a global scale on the Azure Cloud Computing platform.”
“Microsoft Innovation teams are committed to providing their technical expertise to health professionals who use medical images in their daily routine. We are proud to collaborate with MEDIAN on the IBIOPSY™ project and to bring innovative technologies at the service of cancer research”, said Bernard Ourghanlian,Chief Technology & Security Officer at Microsoft France. “Indeed, we are, more than ever committed to addressing the biggest challenges in cancer detection, diagnosis and monitoring, by offering access to the latest and most innovative technologies. By taking advantage of the powerful Microsoft Azure cloud platform, IBIOPSY™ will provide faster imaging and health data analysis and will accelerate the discovery and delivery of new biomarkers for cancer diagnosis and treatment monitoring.”
IBIOPSY™ will eventually be made available to medical facilities and physicians in the US, Europe, and Asia to meet the image processing and data analytics needs created by the next generation of personalized cancer therapies and the explosive growth in medical imaging data. MEDIAN Technologies and Microsoft will work together to help medical centers take advantage of the Azure capabilities. Also MEDIAN Technologies and Microsoft collaboration will focus on the development of novel predictive analytics methods based on machine learning and encryption capabilities that will be available on Azure.
“We are very proud and enthusiastic about this expansion with START,” said Fredrik Brag, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Median Technologies. “START’s reputation for excellence and innovation through technology make it an ideal partner for us. We believe that our LMS application provides immense value for better assessing oncology patients’ response to therapy in clinical trials. The addition of our LMS application to START’s current capabilities will continue to bring tremendous combined value to the Phase I setting. Having accurate quantitative information from images helps sponsors make the right decisions regarding the pursuit of research on a given molecule, which ultimately benefits patients,” he added.
“START is proud to expand Median’s LMS application to more sites,” said Dr. Anthony Tolcher, Director of Clinical Research for START. “This innovative imaging technology nicely complements our web-based real-time delivery of clinical trial data and will assist our clinical trial sponsors to objectively verify responses in real-time and, we believe, help many of them identify opportunities for breakthrough designation. Imaging has a growing significance in phase I oncology trials, so expanding LMS to our arsenal of innovative tools will provide sponsors with valuable data that will support not only the early phase decision making, but also help lay the groundwork for follow-on, late phase trials.” Dr. Tolcher added.
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