Today, Philips has announced the launch of Xplore, a web-based image and data management platform that will help pharma and academic researchers speed up drug research and biomarker discovery through enhanced integration, visualization and analytics tools. Xplore v4.0 will be available commercially in July 2017. Customers have the option to purchase the basic package or with custom additions including a dedicated TMA module for enabling faster and streamlined research.
As the industry continues to focus heavily on personalized medicine, the pressure is currently on for high speed and quality tissue pathology review and analysis. Computational pathology tools such as Xplore can assist with this process by enhancing researchers’ ability to gather important insights through multi-source data integration. Xplore also allows labs to store clinical, image analysis, molecular and summary genomic data with research pathology whole slide images (WSI) or tissue microarray (TMA) studies, and promotes multi-site collaboration and knowledge sharing among researchers. Enhanced search capabilities and data mining tools will help researchers quantify disease specific signatures and identify clinically significant cohorts more quickly. The web-based platform allows researchers to connect across institutions for multisite collaboration and knowledge sharing on a global scale.
The open platform structure of Xplore offers integration with third party image analysis vendors, such as Definiens Tissue Studio® and Indica Halo®. Additionally, researchers have the flexibility to use images from multiple digital pathology scanner vendors, including the high-quality images from the Philips IntelliSite Pathology Solution.
“Delivering on the promise of personalized medicine means that multiple data sources need to be integrated and analyzed,” said Russ Granzow, General Manager of Philips Digital Pathology Solutions. “Computational pathology research tools will be essential to move forward in our increasingly complex medical and research environment.”