Clinical ‘digital twin’ platform digitizes human body

Clinical ‘digital twin’ platform digitizes human body

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Whole-body scanning technology developer Q Bio has unveiled a clinical "digital twin" platform that captures and monitors comprehensive baseline patient health in a scalable virtual model.
By Rich Pell

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The platform, called Q Bio Gemini, automatically reflects an individual’s most accurate physiological state in the form of a digital twin, highlighting the most important changes in a person’s physiology in a comprehensive summary that can be securely shared with physicians and specialists all over the world. The platform is powered by the company’s Mark I self-driving, whole-body scanner – claimed to be the fastest, most accessible scanner developed, and the first scanner optimized for proactive care.

The Mark I scanner collects information based on current health and personal risks, adapting in real time to changes in an individual’s anatomy and biochemistry that are weighted by lifestyle, medical history, and genetic risk factors. Capable of scanning the whole body in 15 minutes or less without radiation, breath holds, or claustrophobia, the scanner provides individuals with maximum comfort in an open space, including the option to stand, sit, or lie down.

The technology behind the Mark I is based on advanced computational biophysics, which, says the company, has been shown to be at least 10x faster than conventional MRI scans without the loss of diagnostic quality, and allows for the construction of dramatically cheaper hardware, with rapid deployment and reduced operational costs.

“Until now,” says Jeffrey Kaditz, founder and CEO of Q Bio, “no existing technology has been able to develop a digital twin in a cost-effective way that combines an individual’s genetics, chemistry, anatomy, lifestyle, and medical history over time, with integrated tools that make it easy to correlate between quantitative changes and an individual’s risk factors. Our ability to digitize the human body is advancing on a price performance basis faster than Moore’s Law, except at the anatomical scale.”

“The Mark I,” says Kaditz, “is the missing tool for delivering this virtual model today, enabling not only immediate clinical uses like stratifying risk in populations in order to route care most effectively, but also leading to a much deeper understanding of the progression of many kinds of disease, and ultimately personalized health forecasts at scale.”

In addition to the Gemini platform announcement, the company announced an investment from Kaiser Foundation Hospitals that brings its total capital to more than $80 million, including Series B funding led by Andreessen Horowitz, to develop and expand access to its platform and whole-body scanning technologies that are designed to enable data-driven, proactive, and more affordable preventive care for all.

Vijay Pande, General Partner at Andreessen Horowitz says, “With the unveiling of its digital twin platform, Q Bio continues to make breakthroughs in clinical precision, reproducibility, and speed that place its non-invasive whole-body scanner far ahead of standard imaging techniques. The company’s approach offers the most comprehensive ability to measure and monitor the health of entire populations to help establish a new era of proactive care.”

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