Clustermarket taps into GE Healthcare Life Sciences customers to reach UK Innovators
Clustermarket, the leading UK online scientific equipment sharing and booking platform, has enlisted the support of GE Healthcare’s Life Sciences business in an agreement aimed at helping innovators in the UK access specialised life sciences and biotech equipment.
“The demand for state-of-the-art instruments among early-stage ventures is rising and our mission, with the support of GE, is to enable sourcing of such equipment and services to allow innovative companies such as MediSieve to thrive,” said Johannes Solzbach, Chief Executive Officer, Clustermarket.
Introducing GE customers to the Clustermarket platform has, for example, already enabled University College London spin-out MediSieve to access to GE’s specialised Biacore T200 installed at the National Physics Laboratory. The London-based startup’s magnetic blood filtration technology has the potential to transform the treatment of blood borne diseases, and access to the Biacore instrument allowed MediSieve to carry out critical work in the understanding of interactions between antibodies and their targets.
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George Frodsham, Chief Executive Officer and Founder, MediSieve said: “The Biacore T200 surface plasmon resonance system has helped us to better understand the molecular interaction occurring between an antibody and its target enabling the development of our potentially life-changing technology to advance. Clustermarket has been invaluable from the beginning in sourcing the equipment and services we need to develop our technology.”
Conor McKechnie, Chief Marketing Officer, Life Sciences, GE Healthcare said: “It is great to see our instruments being used through such an innovative arrangement to support and advance science. In this instance, an early-stage, vibrant biotech start-up has been able to access technology that would otherwise be out of its reach, delivering a new and deeper insight to help advance its research.”
By opening up access to such world-class technologies at leading UK universities and other facilities, this approach helps ensure that more government grant-funded equipment finds its way into the growing life science SME community, helping to accelerate research so that novel and potentially life-changing technologies are brought to market faster.
To further facilitate access to the right advanced technologies for the right science, GE and Clustermarket have deployed Fetch.AI’s Autonomous Economic Agents on the Clustermarket platform. Fetch agents provide personalised recommendations of specific equipment and services that may aid customers’ research based on previous requests. This helps life sciences companies find the assets they need whilst increasing bookings through the Clustermarket platform.
Skin Analytics wins NHSX award for AI skin cancer tool
An artificial intelligence-driven tool that identifies skin cancers has received an award from NHSX, the NHS England and Department of Health and Social Care's initiative to bring technology into the UK's national health system.
NHSX has granted the Artificial Intelligence in Health and Care Award to DERM, an AI solution that can identify 11 types of skin lesion.
Developed by Skin Analytics, DERM analyses images of skin lesions using algorithms. Within primary care, Skin Analytics will be used as an additional tool to help doctors with their decision making.
In secondary care, it enables AI telehealth hubs to support dermatologists with triage, directing patients to the right next step. This will help speed up diagnosis, and patients with benign skin lesions can be identified earlier, redirecting them away from dermatology departments that are at full capacity due to the COVID-19 backlog.
Cancer Research has called the impact of the pandemic on cancer services "devastating", with a 42% drop in the number of people starting cancer treatment after screening.
DERM is already in use at University Hospitals Birmingham and Mid and South Essex Health & Care Partnership, where it has led to a significant reduction in unnecessary referrals to hospital.
Now NHSX have granted it the Phase 4 AI in Health and Care Award, making DERM available to clinicians across the country. Overall this award makes £140 million available over four years to accelerate the use of artificial intelligence technologies which meet the aims of the NHS Long Term Plan.
Dr Lucy Thomas, Consultant Dermatologist at Chelsea & Westminster Hospital, said: “Skin Analytics’ receipt of this award is great news for the NHS and dermatology departments. It will allow us to gather real-world data to demonstrate the benefits of AI on patient pathways and workforce challenges.
"Like many services, dermatology has severe backlogs due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This award couldn't have come at a better time to aid recovery and give us more time with the patients most in need of our help.”