Medical imaging development company Zebra Medical Vision has raised $8 million led by Khosla Ventures, with participation from DeepFork Capital and Salesforce.com CEO Marc Benioff.
The company, based at Shfaram near Haifa, has also launched a closed beta of its Medical Imaging Research platform. The company's solution enables researchers to quickly develop imaging algorithms and insights based on large scale datasets and advanced processing power. Zebra's commercialization pipeline will then expedite clinical application of imaging research products.
Zebra Medical CEO Elad Benjamin said, "Advances in machine learning and computer vision have made it possible to create diagnostic quality algorithms based on big data, that surpass current reading accuracy rates. Such algorithms will reduce false positives, identify false negatives, provide earlier diagnosis of cancer or other diseases and unlock incidental findings hidden in the vast amounts of imaging data that resides within archives of health providers.
Khosla Ventures founder Vinod Khosla said, "Zebra is combining the power of machine learning, computer vision and big data to do just that in medical imaging - creating a sandbox through which imaging innovation can occur and be delivered to patients."
Zebra's platform offers a cloud-based, fully hosted research and development environment. This includes access to large datasets of structured, de-identified studies, storage, state-of-the-art GPU computing power and support for a multitude of research tools. The platform also enables research groups to collaborate and create joint tools.
"Zebra is the only platform today that offers such seamless access to both the tools and the needed datasets and research environment - and at such a large scale," said Professor Gabriel Krestin, Professor of Radiology, Chair of Radiology at Erasmus University Medical Centre Rotterdam and past President of the European Society of Radiology. "This will finally enable providers to bring medical imaging into the fold of large scale clinical analysis and population management."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on April 7, 2015
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