Since
2019
Austria
Endoscopy
TRL 4

Challenge

Have you ever thought about the fact how cars have changed in the past 40 years? how TVs have changed from black and white TVs to the current giant 4K TVs? how phones have changed? Well, flexible endoscopes and
interventional endoscopy and colonoscopy undergone very little changes in the past 40 years compared to these. Endoscopy and colonoscopy remain a gold standard diagnostic test to detect and diagnose several cancer types and to remove polyps and adenomas. The incidence of colorectal cancer is increasing worldwide, endoscopies and colonoscopies are gold standard diagnostic tests.

Opportunity

Colonoscopy saves lives. In a number of countries worldwide, it is recommended to have a colonoscopy at least once in every 10 years. Screening colonoscopy checks were associated with a 65% – 75% (depending on the study) reduction in risk of death from colorectal cancers. Despite all of these benefits, the number of procedures does not match the demand.

  • Many abnormalities are missed with traditional scopes, with a large,
    up to 30% miss rate to
    diagnose cancer (depending on type of lesion and experience of the
    medical professional)
  • Shortage of endoscopic doctors
  • 2-year learning curve for young gastroenterologists
  • The industry is in need of a less time-consuming solution that can
    better support doctors to detect pathologies, perform endoscopies
    faster with as much automation as possible

Solution

Intuescope is a spinoff of Medical University of Vienna and Allgemeines Krankenhaus Wien and developing a set of tools that makes endoscopy and colonoscopy faster and safer. The solutions Intuescope developing can be also applied in the aerospace and in other civil engineering fields.

Status

Intuescope is based in Vienna, employs 10 people, and financed by Forschungsförderung Österreich (FFG) and by angel investors. The company is currently developing its first product that makes endoscopy and colonoscopy faster and safer. Intuescope has renowned medical advisors from 5 countries on two continents and co-operates with several universities and teaching hospitals in Austria and in Hungary.

Meet the team

peter

Peter Csikos

CEO

ronald

Ronald Kefurt

Chairman and Medical Director

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Christian Böhm

Venture Partner at NLC

Christian joined NLC in July 2021 and is a life science professional passionate about translating science into innovations. He is particularly interested in digital solutions and value creation from data assets. He holds a PhD in biophysical chemistry from Heidelberg University and was a postdoc at the Max Planck Society and Harvard University. With more than 16 years of cross-functional and general management experience from large global corporates, management consulting and fast-growing startups, Christian brings valuable expertise, including digital product management, strategy development, and business transformation and scaling.