Since
2021
The Netherlands
Imaging

Challenge

A tissue specimen taken from a patient by a biopsy or an operation is usually assessed by the pathologist on the following day, after the specimen is adequately fixed in formalin (permanent section). However, occasionally surgeons need pathological information more urgently. They will request for a frozen section. The quality of the information of the frozen section is inferior to the permanent section, but it will take 40 minutes to prepare the specimen and return the conclusion to the surgeon. Creating frozen sections is labour intensive and still takes a lot of time. Besides that, pathology laboratories are becoming more and more centralized. There is a need to assess the  specimens in a fast, non-labour intensive way.

Opportunity

Using the Flash Pathology scanner, the resection planes of the specimen can be examined in the operating theatre, preventing revision surgeries and unnecessary biopsies

Solution

The Flash Pathology scanner enables imaging of the surface of a specimen within seconds, without tissue preparation. Cell structures can be visualized, to distinguish healthy tissue from tumor tissue. The images can be sent digitally to the pathologists in a fast and non-labour intensive way. Because of this, specimens can be examined in the operating theatre, preventing revision surgeries and unnecessary biopsies.

Status

A prototype is available, which successfully distinguished glioma infiltration, breast cancer and lung cancer from healthy tissue in human specimens. Next steps are to create custom developed parts to improve supply chain and obtain the CE mark.

Meet the team

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Frank van Mourik

Inventor

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Francois Scalais

CEO

Sjaak Deckers (1)

Sjaak Deckers

Venture Partner

Experienced MedTech executive with ample experience in fund-raising and creating and growing MedTech companies for complex Class III medical devices (including Sapiens Steering Brain Stimulation, acquired by Medtronic, and GTX medical). Over 25 years of experience in R&D project management, product management, creating and managing alliances, and early stage venturing, mainly for MedTech and Healthcare products.