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Owkin and University Hospitals Birmingham collaborate on AI diagnostics for colorectal cancer

Owkin and University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust (UHB) have announced a new five-year research partnership to use artificial intelligence (AI) to accelerate the screening and diagnosis of a range of diseases, starting with colorectal cancer.

Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer type worldwide, with almost two million cases diagnosed each year. Early detection significantly increases the chances of successful treatment. AI powered diagnostics have the potential to accelerate the screening process, playing a crucial role in facilitating earlier intervention which often leads to better patient outcomes.

The first research project in this collaboration aims to evaluate the performance of Owkin’s MSIntuit CRC solution in the United Kingdom across UHB’s cohort of 830 patients with primary colorectal adenocarcinoma.

Already CE-marked in the European Union and registered for use by the MHRA, the MSIntuit CRC pre-screening solution assists pathologists in the identification of the Microsatellite Instability (MSI) status of colorectal patients, using a deep learning algorithm on digital histology slides.

MSI is an important biomarker for colorectal cancer; it represents a defect in a cell’s ability to correct mistakes that occur when DNA is replicated. Understanding a patient’s MSI status can support doctors in developing more personalised treatment plans, helping patients receive the most appropriate therapies based on their unique characteristics. MSIntuit CRC aims to support pathologists and oncologists through saving time and resources, with the end goal of providing better quality and efficiency for critical tests.

Chief Medical Officer at University Hospitals Birmingham, Professor Kiran Patel, said: “AI diagnostics are an incredibly powerful tool that may ease the burden on pathologists, while importantly holding the potential to help millions of patients across the NHS. Earlier diagnosis can mean earlier treatment and the likelihood of better outcomes - we are excited to be the first trust to test this screening solution in the United Kingdom and we’re proud to support innovation within digital pathology.”

Meriem Sefta, Chief Diagnostics Officer at Owkin added: “We are excited to work with University Hospitals Birmingham to further our mission of using AI to find the right treatment for every patient - starting with colorectal cancer. By testing our AI diagnostics with University Hospitals Birmingham, we hope to help patients in the UK access the services and treatments they need more quickly and accurately than ever before.”

 

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