What You Should Know:
– AiCure launches digital biomarker platform to remotely detect subtle changes in a patient’s condition, leverages computer vision and AI to gather and analyze visual and auditory cues directly through the patient’s smartphone camera.
– AiCure appoints Ed Ikeguchi, M.D. as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) to advance AiCure’s commitment to improving holistic health through an understanding of the science behind human responses to illness and treatment.
AiCure, an AI and advanced data analytics company focused on improving clinical trials, today introduced to the market its digital biomarker platform to remotely detect subtle changes in a patient’s condition. The platform leverages computer vision and AI to gather and analyze visual and auditory cues directly through the patient’s smartphone camera, pinpointing critical patient responses and behavioral trends with the frequency and accuracy needed to elevate the integrity of clinical trial data. By aggregating clinically-sound insights in a patient’s natural environment, AiCure empowers pharmaceutical companies to improve their understanding of disease symptomology, drug dosing side effects, and stratified disease variations, ultimately supporting improved health and trial outcomes.
Eliminating Blind Spots
In any clinical trial, the collection of accurate data of a patient’s response to treatment is critical to understanding the impact a drug actually has on patients. Often, clinical trials require several in-person patient visits where clinicians note any changes in a person’s emotional and physical condition. These visits, which can be burdensome for patients and expensive for trial sponsors, can be infrequent and subjective, especially as patient symptoms may not be visible at the time of the visit. AiCure aims to eliminate these blind spots by creating more frequent check-ins that take place in the comfort of a patient’s home, providing more accurate accounts of a patient’s holistic wellbeing. AiCure’s digital biomarker platform uses a person’s smartphone to ask the patient simple questions or have them complete brief tasks, and then uses AI to analyze behavior, such as response time, affect, physical movement and speech patterns.
For example, many neurological conditions have significant visual symptom indications. AiCure’s platform can be used to measure the severity of facial tremors or eye twitches for a patient with Parkinson’s. This highly sensitive measurement of a patient’s response to treatment advances the validity of trial data when making claims regarding a drug’s impact.
Building on the success of its medication adherence platform, AiCure’s digital biomarker platform:
Captures visual and audio data via a smartphone – AiCure’s portfolio of digital biomarkers measure far more than traditional wearable metrics such as movement trends. Instead, it helps to advance the digital biomarking industry by tracking a variety of metrics simultaneously, including mood, tremors or cognition, to indicate a negative response to treatment. By doing so through an everyday device such as a smartphone, the platform helps to democratize access and participation, and improve the likelihood of ongoing engagement.
Complies with data privacy regulations – The platform offers objective observations of patients and clinical trial participants in their natural environment, while providing HIPAA and GDPR compliant patient data. This allows for medical-grade, secure data capture and processing.
Developed to be scientifically sound and open – AiCure has developed its platform to be transparent and gives pharmaceutical companies open access to its algorithms’ methodologies. Built on validated scientific methodologies in laboratory-based settings, AiCure’s digital biomarker algorithms provide meaningful, clinically sound data that can be submitted to the FDA.
AiCure Appoints Former Medidata Founder Ed Ikeguchi as CEO
In addition to the platform announcement, the company announced Ed Ikeguchi, M.D. as its Chief Executive Officer (CEO). Formerly serving as the company’s Chief Medical Officer (CMO) and President, Dr. Ikeguchi’s appointment as CEO will advance AiCure’s commitment to improving holistic health through an understanding of the science behind human responses to illness and treatment. With today’s announcement of digital biomarkers, AiCure is delivering on this vision.
Prior to joining as AiCure’s CMO in 2018, Dr. Ikeguchi co-founded Medidata Solutions, where he grew the company from its inception to its initial public offering in 2009 while serving as its CEO from 1999-2001 and its CMO from 2001-2009. Dr. Ikeguchi’s extensive experience in both the C-suite and in clinical environments, including his understanding of the many pain points of patient engagement, positions him well to lead the company in its next phase.