Cancer is a global health concern that many tech startups have dedicated efforts to finding a cure for, especially with conventional therapies like chemotherapy or radiation proving ineffective in a vast majority of cases.
Along with finding a cure, early tumor detection is another avenue that tech startups are pursuing to make cancer more survivable. These two aspects of cancer treatment and research are the focus of the following 11 companies in the global fight against the disease.
Anidyn’s imaging technology enables better drug assessments in three-dimensional (3D) living tissue samples, allowing for more personalized and effective cancer treatment through biodynamic imaging.
Notable Labs enables more effective cancer treatment through personalized medication assessments: based on a patient’s tumor sample, a panel of FDA-approved drugs is prescribed with published anti-cancer effects.
CureMetrix’s proprietary image analysis algorithm enables doctors to identify lung cancer in x-rays and breast cancer in mammograms. The technology sifts through pertinent image data to both identify relevant attributes and discard unimportant data.
Enlitic uses deep learning technologies to automatically detect lung cancer nodules in chest CT images. The solution is 50 percent more accurate than an expert panel of thoracic radiologists.
Kinasense has developed a personalized cancer care solution that helps to predict whether Tyrosine Kinase Inhibitor (TKI) treatment will benefit a specific cancer patient.
BiopMedical focuses on making early and accurate detection of cervical cancer possible—its high resolution monitoring device provides real-time data on cancerous or pre-cancerous cells in the cervix.
CancerAid allows cancer patients to learn about their condition and treatment options, as well as a visual care pathway and medication/treatment scheduler and tracker.
Proscia’s cloud platform uses machine learning, computer vision, and cloud computing to recognize histological patterns in whole slide images and quantify tissue in a clearer way for faster cancer diagnoses.
Mobile ODT has developed a portable colposcope that works in tandem with a smartphone’s optics for cervical cancer screening. The solution is a highly attractive option for health centers and clinics with limited funding.
Cyrcadia’s breast health screening device called the iTBra uses tiny sensors backed by machine learning to detect dynamic tissue changes in the breast that could indicate cancer. In the event of an alert, the device will transmit data to a physician via Bluetooth.
Grail enables the detection of all kinds of early stage cancers with a blood test. The solution monitors for circulating tumor DNA (CTDNA) to enable early discovery, treatment, and recovery.
In short, tech startups like the 11 previously mentioned are leading the forefront in the fight against cancer—be sure to keep them on your radar as they move closer to finding a cure in 2017 and beyond.