Global CRO Worldwide Clinical Trials has inked a partnership deal with digital pathology startup Deep Lens to focus on the field of oncology.
The partnership is designed to support sponsors, researchers and care teams to accelerate cancer diagnoses and provide improved treatment and clinical trial options earlier on in the process, the companies said in a release. Financial terms of the deal weren’t disclosed.
Worldwide and Deep Lens said they will develop a pilot study to mesh innovative clinical trial designs and operational knowledge with Deep Lens’ Virtual Imaging for Pathology Education and Research (VIPER) digital pathology platform that was originally developed at the Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, Ohio.
The VIPER system not only scans and digitizes glass slides used in research, it also figures out how to present those images and supporting information to pathologists in a way that streamlines their workflow, facilitates case review, and supports clinical and translational research.
“We need to up our game as pathologists and CROs to deliver increased precision, speed and communication to find patients with particular disease subtypes or biomarkers,” Dave Billiter, co-founder and chief executive of Deep Lens, said in a statement. “With the global reach and scientific and operations expertise of Worldwide, we believe we can streamline clinical trial recruitment. And, just as importantly, oncologists can inform patients and their caregivers about clinical research options from day one.”
Deep Lens launched in October with $3.2 million in funding.