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Philips and Mount Sinai Health System Collaborate to Advance Clinical Research Through New Digital Pathology Database and Analytics

Royal Philips (NYSE:PHG, AEX:PHIA) recently announced a joint development agreement with the Mount Sinai Health System, an integrated health system in New York, to create a state-of-the-art digital image repository of patient tissue samples and innovative data analytics to pursue the discovery of new tissue-based tests and unlock pathology data. The collaboration aims to advance clinical research and ultimately enable better care for complex diseases, including cancer.

Personalized Medicine Roadmap: Definiens Releases Five Steps to Utilize Data Mining with Image Analysis

Definiens, a healthcare company that advances personalized medicine through image analysis and digital pathology solutions, recently released tips for integrating data mining with image analysis. As pathologists, researchers and clinicians seek to advance personalized medicine through the development and prescription of targeted therapies, data generated through image analysis of digitized tissue sections is becoming essential to stratifying patients and providing personalized care.

Definiens and Advanced Cell Diagnostics Launch Software for Quantitative RNA In Situ Hybridization

Definiens AG, a healthcare company that advances personalized medicine through image analysis and digital pathology solutions, and Advanced Cell Diagnostics (ACD) of Hayward California, a leader in molecular pathology, announced recently the commercial launch of RNAscope® SpotStudio™, a custom-designed image analysis software application for ACD’s RNAscope®Assays to detect and quantify RNA biomarkers. By combining state-of-the-art image analysis and advanced in situ hybridization technologies, gene expression can be measured quantitatively at single cell resolution and interpreted by pathologists within context.

Definiens Establishes Advisory Board

Definiens, the global leader of image and data analysis solutions for quantitative digital pathology, recently announced it has appointed an Advisory Board comprising renowned industry experts and visionaries in digital pathology. As part of its market expansion strategy, Definiens established the new Board to provide independent advice on trends and opportunities in tissue diagnostics and clinical digital pathology.

Members of the Advisory Board include:

  • Ron A. Andrews, President, Medical Sciences, Life Technologies and former CEO of Clarient and CEO of GE Molecular Diagnostics
  • Prof. Uwe Bicker, Dean of the Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg and a member of the board of directors of Sanofi SA
  • Prof. Manfred Dietel, Director, Institute of Pathology, Charité Berlin and chairman of the German Society for Pathology
  • Eric F. Glassy, M.D., Medical Director, Pathology, Inc.and chairman of the Digital Pathology Working Group of the College of American Pathologists
  • Prof. Gerd Binnig, Founder and CTO, Definiens (Moderator)

“Definiens is working to advance personalized medicine by contributing to the development of next generation diagnostics, and bringing those novel diagnostics into clinical practice. Our innovations have the potential to transform daily clinical practice for the benefit of both patients and pathologists, particularly in oncology,” said Thomas Heydler, CEO of Definiens. “We will greatly benefit from the wealth of experience of the Advisory Board members while expanding our business into tissue diagnostics and clinical digital pathology.”

As part of its goal to guide Definiens during the company’s expansion, the Advisory Board will discuss trends in digital pathology and highlight opportunities for image and data analysis to revolutionize clinical practice in pathology. Specific topics of discussion will include pathology workflow, tissue diagnostic test development, personalized medicine and next-generation cancer treatment, as well as future technology and market requirements. Definiens founder and Nobel laureate, Professor Gerd Binnig, will catalyze the discussions.

“With the novel opportunities enabled by digital pathology, progress in diagnosing and treating cancer will be accelerated. The visionary power and expertise brought together in the Definiens Advisory Board will be invaluable on our path towards bringing advanced image analysis to clinical pathology,” said Prof. Gerd Binnig, Founder and CTO of Definiens.

Source: Definiens

Definiens and Advanced Cell Diagnostics Introduce RNAscope SpotStudio – Early Access Program Started

Definiens and Advanced Cell Diagnostics (ACD) recently unveiled the details of the RNAscope SpotStudio image analysis software to attendees at the Molecular Medicine Tri-Conference meeting in San Francisco, USA. The software has already been sold to a top pharmaceutical company and a leading academic medical center under an early access program. This advanced image analysis solution brings objective and accurate quantification to RNA in situ hybridization and enables a new generation of diagnostic applications based on single cell analysis. For the first time, gene expression can be measured quantitatively at single-cell resolution and interpreted by pathologists within histopathological context.

Empowering Pathologists with an Easy-to-Use Tool for Quantitative Biomarker Analysis

Quantitative RNA in situ hybridization analysis has recently been made possible by the single molecule sensitivity and digital nature of RNAscope® assay technology. However, manual scoring is time consuming and prone to subjectivity and poor reproducibility. RNAscope SpotStudio software is designed for pathologists with no prior training in image analysis. It is an intuitive automated solution that generates standardized and objective results in minutes. Testing has shown that results obtained with RNAscope SpotStudio are comparable to careful manual annotations by pathologists. The software is compatible with image data from whole slide scanners and microscopes.

“In situ biomarker analysis tools such as immunohistochemistry (IHC) have been limited to subjective semi-quantitative scoring. RNAscope and the SpotStudio image analysis software take in situ biomarker analysis to a whole new level, where quantitative data at the single cell level can be obtained and interpreted within the histopathological context of the clinical specimen”, said Yuling Luo, Founder, President and CEO of ACD. “RNAscope combines the advantages of IHC and PCR, making it a superior tool for tissue-based diagnostics and companion diagnostics”, Dr. Luo added. “Definiens’ invaluable expertise with tissue image analysis made it an ideal partner for the joint development of RNAscope SpotStudio.”

“Coming from a leading position in providing image analysis solutions to the life sciences market, Definiens is rapidly expanding its footprint in tissue diagnostics. We are very excited about this partnership with ACD representing a great example of advanced diagnostic solutions based on Definiens image and data analysis capabilities that will drive next generation diagnostics to truly enable personalized medicine”, said Thomas Heydler, CEO of Definiens.

Definiens and ACD will showcase RNAscope SpotStudio at the Molecular-Med Tri-Con in San Francisco (booth 210). The solution will be marketed and distributed by ACD and is currently being distributed to selected customers in an early access program. General availability is planned for the second quarter of 2013.

While RNAscope Spot Studio supports the analysis of brightfield images, RNA FISH assays can be quantified with Definiens Tissue Studio. With over 450 deployed licenses, Definiens Tissue Studio is the leading image analysis solution for digital pathology. Beyond the detection of spot-like stains, Definiens Tissue Studio provides morphological and molecular expression profiles from any solid tissue (IHC and IF) on a cell-by-cell basis.

Source: Definiens