Amendments by Tech Startup Niramai: AI-Based Software will be in the Market for Spotting the Disease

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The company has developed Thermalytix which combines thermal imaging with AI which is being used to detect early-stage breast cancer in hospitals.

An Artificial Intelligence based computer-aided software will be developed by the Health tech startup Niramai for controlling the spread of river blindness. 

For this huge project, the company is supported by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. For detecting the presence of live adult worms of onchocerciasis, Niramai will leverage its Thermalytix technology because it causes river blindness and significant disability. For the detection of breast cancer at an early stage, Thermalytix is currently being applied. 

This noninvasive detection method is expected to help assess the efficacy of new drugs being developed to control the disease by killing the adult worms, potentially accelerating the elimination of river blindness, having infected about 17 million people in Africa. 
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Geetha Manjunath, CEO & CTO, Niramai, stated that We are very excited to collaborate with Gates Foundation to extend the application of our innovative technique to areas other than breast cancer. Successful completion of this research project will demonstrate a breakthrough result of Thermalytix being a new way of sensing many abnormalities in the human body in a noninvasive, radiation-free and accurate way, even beyond cancer!

The company has developed Thermalytix, an automated diagnostic tool, which combines thermal imaging with artificial intelligence which is being used to detect early-stage breast cancer in many hospitals today. A clinical expert collaborating with NIRAMAI, Christopher L King from The Centre for Global Health and Diseases, Cleveland, said, Onchocerciasis, more commonly known as river blindness, is the world's second leading infectious cause of blindness. 

This technology can be the most valuable tool in a noninvasive way and help with the global effort to eliminate this very disabling disease. About half a million people are blind or visually impaired due to the disease which is caused by a parasitic worm living under the skin in humans, spread by black fly bites. 

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In addition to blinding, onchocerciasis is a chronic systemic disease capable of causing extensive and disfiguring skin disease, chronic itching, musculoskeletal complaints, weight loss, alteration in host immune responses and possibly epilepsy and growth impairment. It has been categorized by Gates Foundation as one of the big opportunity to target diseases under the strategy to address NTDs (Neglected Tropical Diseases).

Source: HOB