Study suggests cloud computing as a game changer in Africa’s healthcare industry

KENYA – Cloud computing is one of the leading trends in digital transformation for 2021 and beyond with Africa not being left behind, a move that has been deemed to revolutionize the healthcare scene in the continent. Leading tech companies have already been offering this technology but the increased use of online platforms since the pandemic started is increasing its popularity even more. The COVID-19 pandemic has shown that many healthcare organizations do not have the necessary agility and business continuity programs or technologies to support them during crises. It…

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UAE’s Abdul Latif Health inks fetal monitoring alliance deal with Melody International

AFRICA – Abdul Latif Jameel Health, through their Japanese trading corporation, has announced a new collaboration to address the lack of access to adequate fetal monitoring in Africa with unmet needs due to limited availability of medical facilities and maternity physicians, or those with geographically dispersed populations not easily able to visit primary health care. The collaboration involves signing a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the exclusive distribution of a cloud-based mobile wireless fetal monitor platform by Melody International, cloud-based mobile wireless fetal monitor platform. This technology, dubbed ‘Melody i…

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Novartis launches new cell and gene therapy at Dubai’s 2020 Expo

UAE- Novartis, a Swiss pharmaceutical multinational that is currently involved in cell and gene therapy innovation, has been able to assist five young patients from the UAE who were facing the threat of progressive blindness. Dr Ahmed Baly, chief scientific officer at Novartis Gulf, during a presentation on cutting-edge cell and gene therapy innovations titled ‘Remaining Medicine’ at Expo 2020 Dubai said: “These five young individuals would have suffered progressive loss of sight. Our one-time treatment based on cell and gene therapy was successfully able to prevent further deterioration of…

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Genentech’s new continuous release eye treatment gains FDA approval

USA – The FDA has approved ranibizumab 100 mg/mL injection for wet age-related macular degeneration in patients who have previously responded to at least two anti-VEGF injections, according to Genentech. The new therapy (Susvimo), formerly known as the Port Delivery System (PDS) with ranibizumab, is designed for intravitreal use via ocular implant for the treatment of people with wet, or neovascular, Age-Related Macular Degeneration (AMD). This is the only FDA-approved wet AMD therapy that allows for as few as two treatments per year. The availability of Susvimo will decrease the…

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Remote glaucoma care Implandata voted among top 12 techpreneurs

GERMANY – Implandata Ophthalmic Products, a digital health eye care company, has been named a top 12 health techpreneur at the Medica Healthcare Innovation World Cup, the world’s largest medical trade fair. Implandata was named a leading breakthrough health care innovator among more than 300 competitors and has been invited to present its disruptive Eyemate solution at the Medica Connected Health Care Forum on November 15th, 2021. Earlier in 2021, the US FDA granted Breakthrough Device Designation. The system allows patients to self-measure critical disease parameters and then automatically sends…

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New targets for glaucoma treatment identified in mice models-Study

USA – A Northwestern Medicine study’s findings could lead to an effective glaucoma treatment, which would be a significant step forward in the fight against the condition. The Northwestern University Fienberg School of Medicine researchers used mouse models to identify novel glaucoma treatment targets, such as preventing a severe pediatric form of the condition. The groundbreaking study also discovered a potential new class of glaucoma treatment for the most common form of the disease in adults. The findings are published in the journal Nature Communications in a paper titled, “Cellular…

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UCB to license its AI technology for fracture identification to ImageBiopsy Lab

BELGIUM – UCB has announced a strategic out-licensing of its AI-based fracture identification technology, BoneBot, to ImageBiopsy Lab, for further development and bring it to clinical practice by 2023. The radiology AI solution will screen CT scans for “silent” or asymptomatic fractures in the spine, which would otherwise go unnoticed and unreported. The BoneBot digital health tool uses machine learning to detect silent or asymptomatic fractures in the spine’s vertebrae, a feature of the bone-wasting disease osteoporosis that can go undetected in more than two-thirds of cases. Catching these fractures…

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IXICO, Microsoft link up to enhance AI platform

UNITED KINGDOM – IXICO plc, the AI data analytics company that delivers neuroscience insights, has announced a collaboration with Microsoft to develop its AI data analytics platform for the global pharmaceutical industry. IXICO is the proven partner of choice for imaging biomarker solutions in Central Nervous System (CNS) clinical trials, bringing together world-class therapeutic expertise, breakthrough analytics, and operational excellence. As a leading neuroimaging provider, IXICO assists biopharmaceutical companies in maximizing the value of their drug development pipelines by converting data into clinically meaningful insights. The combination of IXICO’s portfolio…

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Blockchain to unlock healthcare industry’s full capabilities-Deloitte

USA – Blockchain technology has started permeating industries handling voluminous data, where accuracy is paramount and the presence of error can result in severe damages. Blockchain debut was in the banking industry. However, like the banking industry, healthcare industry is another sensitive area where zero error is required. The healthcare sector is currently plagued with inefficiencies, lack of accuracy, and high administrative costs. The blockchain is a decentralized system that records, stores, and maintains transactional or historical records across a peer-to-peer network of personal computers known as nodes. The blockchain…

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Medtronic to invest US$50 million in Open Innovation Platform for healthcare in APAC

INDIA – Medtronic plc, a global leader in healthcare technology, has announced the launch of the Medtronic Open Innovation Platform (OIP) for the Asia Pacific to advance the future of healthcare technologies. The OIP will bring strategic collaboration in healthcare technologies among various stakeholders across the healthcare ecosystem through capability development, partnerships, and business organizations networking in medical technology and digital health in APAC, with Singapore as the epicenter. This first-of-its-kind platform will enable Medtronic to explore and advance partnership opportunities that can help it leverage artificial intelligence (AI) and…

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