Faster and more objective diagnoses by automatic interpretation of MRI and CT scan data
CHICAGO/AMSTERDAM, NOORD-HOLLAND, USA/THE NETHERLANDS, November 28, 2017 — Chicago, 27 November 2017 – At the world’s largest radiology conference (RSNA), medical Artificial Intelligence (AI) company Quantib announced today that it secured €4.5mln ($ 5.4mln) of fresh funding in a round that was led by Holland Venture and InnovationQuarter. Quantib develops Machine Learning (ML) applications for medical imaging analyses, allowing physicians and researchers to make more efficient and more accurate diagnoses. The investment supports Quantib with her international scale-up ambitions.
Founded in 2012 and headquartered in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, Quantib is one of the most renowned Dutch players in the field of medical AI applications. Quantib utilizes ML software for the segmentation, classification and quantification of medical images, improving diagnostic quality and allowing for a more efficient workflow of physicians and researchers. Quantib is a spin-off of the Erasmus MC, developing her products in close collaboration with the internationally recognized Biomedical Imaging Group Rotterdam (BIGR) under supervision of Prof. dr. Wiro Niessen. Moreover, Quantib has strong partnerships with industry players (GE Healthcare, Philips and Intrasense) for research, development and the distribution of her products. Recently, Quantib received media coverage as winner of The Dutch Data Science prize . Quantib’s first products received FDA approval and CE marking in 2016 and focus on the detection and tracking of neurological disorders such as Parkinson, Multiple Sclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease.
The investment allows Quantib to bring new ML applications to the market with regards to stroke, lung disorders, oncology and bone structures. Quantib will also establish new partnerships with leading international academic hospitals.
In conjunction with the investment, the management team has been reinforced with Arthur Post Uiterweer (former Philips and Boston Consulting Group) and Jorrit Glastra (former Shell). The supervisory board will consist of Prof. dr. Gabriel Krestin, Harm-Jan Wessels and health entrepreneur Jaap Maljers.
Rudolf Scholte, CEO of Quantib: “Our software supports radiologists and neurologists with their objective assessment of MRI- and CT scans. Our deep learning algorithms can support better diagnoses, and a better assessment of treatments’ effectiveness. Up until now, our main focus was on brain disorders. This investment allows us to develop new products and to extend our team.”
“Quantib’s applications help standardise and speed up image analysis and allows for the detection of subtle changes over time. It increases the objectivity of the diagnostic process and therefore delivers an improved diagnosis combined with more efficient processes, positively impacting a large group of patients. We see large international growth opportunities for the company and we are proud to be a part of this development.” says Ewout Prins, Managing Partner Holland Venture.
Francis Quint, Head InnovationQuarter Capital: “Quantib facilitates faster, better and more efficient diagnoses, a fantastic result from the close collaboration with Erasmus MC. We are happy to support this Rotterdam-based company with their ambition to extend the range of their current technology to other applications.”
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About Holland Venture
Holland Venture has invested in more than 130 Dutch SMEs in a responsible and successful manner over the past 35 years. With a clear investment strategy, Holland Venture is active in the attractive growth markets of Healthcare and Technology. The experienced and involved investment team knows what entrepreneurship is like. Holland Venture strives for an open, sustainable and professional relationship with the management teams of the companies in which she invests, with the joint goal of achieving growth. Holland Venture is supported by a broad network of successful entrepreneurs in Healthcare and Technology.
InnovationQuarter is the regional development agency for West Holland. InnovationQuarter finances innovative companies, assists international companies in establishing their businesses in West Holland, and facilitates (international) collaboration between innovative entrepreneurs, knowledge institutes and government. The InnovationQuarter investment fund – which currently consists of € 80 million – offers venture capital to technology companies and SMEs with growth plans in the region.
Ewout Prins (Chicago)
Niels van Aalten (NL)
Martien Kuunders (NL)
Arthur Post Uiterweer (Chicago)
Rudolf Scholte (Chicago)
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