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Roche Partners with PathAI to Enhance Companion Diagnostics Powered by AI

Written by : Aishwarya Sarthe

February 16, 2024

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The partnership aims to revolutionize companion diagnostics by integrating AI-powered digital pathology algorithms into Roche Tissue Diagnostics' (RTD) platform.

Roche, a global leader in biotechnology and pharmaceuticals, has joined hands with Boston-based PathAI, an AI technology for pathology to enhance companion diagnostics with AI.

To transform companion diagnostics the partnership seeks to integrate AI-powered digital pathology algorithms into the Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD) platform.

Sharing thoughts, Jill German, head, Roche Tissue Diagnostics, said, "As the market leader in companion diagnostics, we strive to continuously bring new innovations in personalized healthcare.’’

According to him, this collaboration with PathAI will accelerate their ability to meet the demand from biopharma companies looking to develop AI-enabled companion diagnostics and provide them with a powerful end-to-end solution to pursue precision therapeutics.

What does the Partnership Offer

Per the agreement, PathAI will work in conjunction with RTD to develop AI-enabled digital pathology algorithms for companion diagnostics. Further, PathAI will retain the freedom to develop algorithms outside of companion diagnostics, while RTD will continue to develop its algorithms alongside PathAI's contributions.

By leveraging AI interpretation and companion diagnostics, the partnership aims to improve diagnostic accuracy and streamline the development of targeted therapies.

Adding insights, Dr Andy Beck, CEO & cofounder, PathAI said, "High medical value diagnostic products with seamless integration into the laboratory workflow will accelerate the transition to digital pathology as the standard to aid clinicians in diagnosis and biomarker characterization."

Additionally, the algorithms developed through this collaboration will be deployed using Roche's Digital Pathology solution, providing pathologists with advanced tools for analysis and interpretation. 

This integration will enable pathology laboratories worldwide to access advanced AI technology, enhancing their capabilities in diagnosing and treating various diseases.

Roche’s Recent Healthcare Bets

In addition to its collaboration with PathAI, Roche recently expanded its portfolio and capabilities. The acquisition of LumiraDx's Point of Care technology and Carmot Therapeutics demonstrates Roche's dedication to enhancing diagnostic and therapeutic solutions for patients.

Moreover, acquiring LumiraDx's Point of Care technology, valued at $295 million, aligns with Roche's mission to leverage innovative technology for decentralized healthcare settings. By integrating select parts of LumiraDx into Roche Diagnostics, the company aims to enhance diagnostic capabilities and improve patient access to healthcare services.

Last year, AstraZeneca Pharma India signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Roche Diagnostics India to improve diagnostic testing for breast cancer patients.

The partnership offered comprehensive training initiatives for pathologists and medical oncologists. Training modules designed for oncologists will cover advances in HER-2 testing and HER-2 low interpretations.

The collaboration seeks to address existing diagnostic challenges, reduce turnaround times, and elevate the overall patient experience, reinforcing the pivotal role of diagnostics in shaping effective treatment strategies for metastatic breast cancer patients in India.

Similarly, Roche's acquisition of Carmot Therapeutics, a California-based anti-obesity drug developer, further strengthens its presence in the rapidly growing market for weight loss treatments. With an initial payment of $2.7 billion and additional contingent payments, Roche's investment in Carmot underscores its commitment to addressing unmet medical needs and advancing therapeutic innovation.

Roche also collaborated with NVIDIA, a global leader in accelerated computing and AI, highlighting its dedication to accelerating drug discovery and development. Through strategic research collaboration, Roche aims to leverage NVIDIA's expertise in AI and computational technology to drive innovation in healthcare and improve patient outcomes.

Founded in 1896, Roche has evolved into the world's largest biotechnology company and a global leader in in-vitro diagnostics. 


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