Here’s the latest instalment in our news updates from Blackford Platform Partners.

First of all, thank you to all the partners that joined us online at SIIM 2020 virtual meeting for our Industry Connect session focused on managing the post-COVID imaging volume surge through AI. Speakers included VIDA’s Susan Wood, icometrix’s Dirk Smeets, Subtle Medical’s Ajit Shankaranarayanan, and CorTech’s Chris Airriess. Great work all!

Last month saw Blackford become the first platform to offer both SubtlePET and SubtleMR from Subtle Medical for the enhancement of medical imaging. A joint research abstract from RadNet and Mayo Clinic showed how SubtleMR’s deep learning can shorten MR scan times by 30% while enhancing image quality, sharpness, and SNR. Subtle also launched its IMAGINE program, which, each quarter, will select one US hospital or imaging center that serves a predominantly African-American community to receive Subtle’s software for free for a year.

Neurodegenerative disease assessment specialist CorTechs Labs published case studies on the evaluation of temporal lobe epilepsy and assessing possible COVID-19 neurological manifestations. The company also announced business engagements with other Blackford partners, including a merger with HealthLytix and a distribution agreement with Subtle Medical. And, at SIIM 2020, CorTechs presented a paper on subject classification for autism spectrum disorder using machine learning and radiomics.

Michael Berger from musculoskeletal AI solutions developer Image Biopsy Lab posted an interesting blog focused on the art of scaling as an AI startup in the MedTech sector.

Medical diagnostic provider MaxQ AI shared some short excerpts from a video interview with Dr Ajay Choudhri, addressing issues such as what he says to doctors who think they’re going to be replaced by AI, how he handles false positives, and why hospitals need to start deploying AI. The company also posted a couple of videos about AI, looking at how it can address challenges, and also how it has now become a requirement rather than an idea.

Medical 3D printing specialist Axial3D was announced as one the top ten hottest HealthTech startups at The Europas awards, and also announced an exciting partnership with Fast Radius to improve its service offering for surgeons and hospitals across North America.

And finally, not only was lung analysis firm VIDA named as one of the 15 companies saving the world from COVID-19 by Forbes magazine, the company was also awarded the first ever Biosciences Platform Med-Tech Award by the University of Iowa.

Stay tuned for more partner news next month!