Southlake, TX, Sept. 21, 2023 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Heart Test Laboratories, Inc. d/b/a HeartSciences (Nasdaq: HSCS; HSCSW) ("HeartSciences" or the "Company"), an AI-powered medical technology company focused on transforming ECGs/EKGs to save lives through earlier detection of heart disease, today announced it has executed definitive agreements with the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai (Icahn Mount Sinai), in New York, NY, to commercialize electrocardiographic AI algorithms and assets, as well as a memorandum of understanding for on-going cooperation, collaboration and de-identified data access.
Icahn Mount Sinai has invested in the curation of tens of millions of ECG records, enabling its leading researchers to develop a range of disease detection algorithms and state-of-the art AI foundational methods for use with ECG waveforms. HeartSciences has entered into licenses covering rights to a variety of Icahn Mount Sinai’s AI algorithms, technologies and patent filings for the screening and diagnosis of cardiovascular disease.
HeartSciences and Icahn Mount Sinai have also entered into a memorandum of understanding for ongoing cooperation encompassing de-identified data access, on-going research, and the evaluation of HeartSciences’ MyoVista® wavECGTM.
"We are thrilled to announce this agreement with Icahn Mount Sinai and look forward to working with one of the top-ranked hospitals for cardiology in the world, at the cutting edge of AI-powered ECG development," said Andrew Simpson, CEO of HeartSciences. “This is a transformative event for the Company and will significantly strengthen our business, accelerate our development and broaden the range of prospective solutions that we will provide for patients.
In addition to providing algorithms on our MyoVista device we also intend to develop a cloud-based, device agnostic platform to enable HeartSciences to provide AI-solutions to help identify cardiovascular disease in any care setting worldwide in a manner to best suit different care providers.”
Girish Nadkarni, MD, MPH, Irene and Dr. Arthur Fishberg Professor of Medicine at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, System Chair of the Division of Data-Driven and Digital Medicine (D3M), Co-Director of the Mount Sinai Clinical Intelligence Center (MSCIC), and the Co-Director of the Charles Bronfman Institute of Personalized Medicine said, “Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death around the world, with over 20 million fatalities annually. Accordingly, early detection and treatment are of paramount importance. AI-powered ECG analysis offers the potential of achieving these goals, potentially reducing healthcare costs and improving patient quality of life. Icahn Mount Sinai is a leader in this developing field, having assembled a world class team of researchers led by Akhil Vaid, MD, Instructor in the Division of Data Driven and Digital Medicine (D3M), and invested in the curation of data for millions of ECG records with our Scientific Computing Infrastructure. We are delighted to enter into this agreement with HeartSciences and look forward to a close relationship and bringing these important technologies to market.”
Erik Lium, PhD, the Chief Commercial Innovation Officer of the Mount Sinai Health System and the President of Mount Sinai Innovation Partners, said, “HeartSciences is one of a small number of companies working to bring new AI-powered ECG capabilities to market. We believe that these types of technologies may enable the early detection of heart disease and improve the lives of patients.”
The artificial intelligence cardiovascular algorithms are based on technology developed by Mount Sinai faculty and licensed by Mount Sinai to HeartSciences. Mount Sinai and Mount Sinai faculty, including Dr. Nadkarni; Dr. Vaid; Joshua Lampert, MD, Medical Director of Machine Learning for Mount Sinai Heart; Vivek Reddy, MD, Director of Cardiac Arrhythmia Services for The Mount Sinai Hospital and Mount Sinai Health System, and The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust Professor of Medicine in Cardiac Electrophysiology at Icahn Mount Sinai; and Son Duong, MD, Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Pediatric Cardiology) at Icahn Mount Sinai, have a financial interest in this technology and in HeartSciences. The financial interest of Mount Sinai faculty is pursuant to the Mount Sinai Intellectual Property Policy.
Heart Test Laboratories, Inc. d/b/a HeartSciences is a medical technology company focused on applying innovative AI-based technology to an ECG (also known as an EKG) to expand and improve an ECG's clinical usefulness. Millions of ECGs are performed every week and the Company's objective is to improve healthcare by making an ECG a far more valuable cardiac screening tool, particularly in frontline or point-of-care clinical settings. HeartSciences' first product candidate for FDA clearance, the MyoVista® wavECG™, or the MyoVista®, is a resting 12-lead ECG that is also designed to provide diagnostic information related to cardiac dysfunction which has traditionally only been available through the use of cardiac imaging. The MyoVista® also provides conventional ECG information in the same test. The business model, which involves the use of the MyoVista® Device and consumables for each test, is expected to be "razor-razorblade" as the electrodes used with the MyoVista® are proprietary to HeartSciences, and new electrodes are required for every test performed.
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