Earlier tumour diagnosis with advanced ultrasound technology

4th September 2014

Oxford’s Oxford University Innovation and Canada’s Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC) partner to develop superior imaging technology.

London, Ontario and Oxford, UK – Oxford University Innovation, the technology transfer arm at the University of Oxford and Canada’s Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC) have announced a partnership to jointly develop and test a new enhanced ultrasound imaging technology.

The principle inventor of the Oxford Electromagnetic Acoustic (OxEMA) technology, Professor David Edwards, said:

‘Our technology uses a combination of electromagnetic and acoustic waves in order to create advanced medical images at a cost comparable to ultrasound. The benefits of this are much greater clarity of image and unparalleled tissue-type characterization when compared to ultrasound.

‘OxEMA will provide clinicians with MRI-like information using an ultrasound instrument. This will allow quick, accessible and cost-effective diagnosis, particularly for patients in remote areas without easy access to MRI services.’

The OxEMA system can radically improve identification of tumours and other anomalous tissue, which is not currently possible with standard ultrasound technology. It has the potential to enable earlier diagnosis and more accurate treatment of conditions such as prostate and liver cancer. Dr Masoom Haider, chief of the department of medical imaging at Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre said,

‘This technology is uniquely positioned to improve prostate management for both imaging and therapy.’

Oxford University Innovation has been leading the commercialization of the OxEMA system, and has engaged with CIMTEC to develop the technology further through a new startup, Enhanced Medical.

Tom Hockaday, Managing Director of Oxford University Innovation, said,

‘We are pleased to have entered into a unique relationship with CIMTEC, who are extremely well placed to advance the Oxford technology.’

Amol Karnick, CEO of Enhanced Medical said,

‘Through discussions with several physicians about our technology and its potential, they have confirmed that improving biopsy targeting using ultrasound is a significant clinical need. OxEMA is well-positioned to solve this clinical problem, and will be able to improve outcomes for patients and hospitals using it. I am confident that the partnership with CIMTEC will accelerate our development and bring OxEMA to market earlier.’

‘CIMTEC’s partnership with Oxford University Innovation is a testament to Canada’s strength as an emerging magnet for international medical technology commercialization’,

said Bart Sullivan, CEO of CIMTEC,

‘We are excited to be able to help bring this novel technology to the marketplace by applying our best-in-class technical expertise in medical imaging.’

Oxford University Innovation has filed patents covering OxEMA’s technology with patents granted to date in China and Japan.

Centre for Imaging Technology Commercialization (CIMTEC)

CIMTEC provides services to develop world-leading medical imaging technology. CIMTEC’s mission is to enable and accelerate commercialization of medical imaging innovations ensuring that Canada’s investment in imaging technology translates into economic growth and job creation.

CIMTEC provides researchers and small to medium-sized companies with critical expertise, technical capabilities and infrastructure to allow them to grow and create Canadian high-tech jobs and economic growth.

Further Information:

Darlene Pratt
CIMTEC, Director of Marketing Communications
E: darlene.pratt@cimtec-canada.ca
T: 519-858-5013 ext. 25324

Renate Krelle
Oxford University Innovation, Ltd.
E: renate.krelle@innovation.ox.ac.uk
T: +44(0)1865280867

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