A Q&A with Dr. George Harston
Since launching as a spin-out from the University of Oxford, Brainomix has developed award-winning, AI-powered imaging biomarkers and software solutions that assist physicians around the world in improving both diagnosis and treatment decisions.
The Oxford, UK-headquartered medical software company first gained attention with its e-Stroke platform, a CE-marked collection of tools that use advanced AI algorithms to provide doctors with real-time interpretation of brain scans that can help guide treatment and transfer decisions for stroke patients. Considered the world’s most comprehensive stroke imaging solution, it has been widely adopted across multiple healthcare systems worldwide, in more than 30 countries.
Building on this legacy and success, Brainomix has since expanded beyond stroke into new areas where there are similar unmet needs and opportunities to improve diagnosis and treatment. These include cancer and lung fibrosis, notably the assessment of interstitial lung diseases (ILDs).
We spoke with OSIC Board Member Dr. George Harston – Chief Medical & Innovation Officer at Brainomix and a practicing Consultant Physician at the John Radcliffe Hospital in Oxford, England – about the company’s new e-ILD solution, and the value of collaborating with OSIC and its members.
You’ve been a part of OSIC since the beginning. What are you most proud of accomplishing so far?
There is a growing need for more accurate and reproducible assessment and quantification of ILDs. In response to this need, we’ve developed e-ILD, a state-of-the-art software tool to describe and quantify the pattern and behavior of fibrosis in ILDs. It has been shown to outperform conventional measures (lung physiology, FVC), adding complementary useful information from the scans and offering an exciting opportunity to improve the way new treatments for ILDs are tested.
What drew you to OSIC? What is that you believe makes this collaboration so valuable?
It is impossible to treat a condition you do not fully understand. OSIC brings together a unique constellation of expertise from healthcare, academia and industry, enabling not only the creation of a unique dataset, but also the sharing of knowledge and know-how. OSIC provides the multidisciplinary consortium to understand the data and how to best use it to create new tools and technologies in the fight against ILD.
If you had a crystal ball, what do you think OSIC will have accomplished in 5 years?
It will have catalyzed the transformation of how we approach the treatment of fibrosing lung diseases, both in clinical trials and clinical practice. We are excited to continue our collaboration with other world-leading experts to achieve groundbreaking advancements for patients.