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QUIBIM SIGUE CRECIENDO CON LA ENTRADA DE ANGELS EN SU CAPITAL

  • En 2015 fue una de las 27 startups aceleradas en la 3ª edición del programa Lanzadera.

  • Quibim es una Spin-Off del Instituto de Investigación Sanitaria La Fe.

Valencia, 28/07/17.- La empresa biotecnológica Quibim se refuerza mediante la entrada de Angels – la sociedad de inversión perteneciente a Marina de Empresas e impulsada por el empresario Juan Roig – en el capital social de la compañía.

Tras la ronda a finales de 2016 con el Fondo de Inversión Tecnológico Tech Transfer UPV, AYCE Capital, Bioinfogate y los promotores del proyecto; y la ayuda H2020 Instrumento Pyme Fase II, de la que ha sido beneficiaria recientemente; Quibim recibe el apoyo de Angels, que participa en la empresa mediante la capitalización del préstamo que la compañía tenía con Lanzadera.

Impulsada por Ángel Alberich Bayarri, CEO, y el Dr. Luis Martí Bonmatí, radiólogo de reconocido prestigio internacional, director del Área Clínica de Imagen Médica del Hospital Universitario y Politécnico La Fe de Valencia y actual director del Consejo Científico de la empresa; la compañía está formada en la actualidad por 11 personas.

Quibim es una empresa biotecnológica especializada en la extracción de información cuantitativa de las imágenes médicas radiológicas y de medicina nuclear, mediante técnicas originales y avanzadas de procesamiento computacional. Estos parámetros extraídos reciben el nombre de Biomarcadores de Imagen y aportan rasgos extraídos de las imágenes médicas, relacionadas con procesos biológicos normales, enfermedades o respuestas terapéuticas.

Además, el equipo ha desarrollado la plataforma Quibim Precision® de análisis de imágenes médicas en la nube, que puede instalarse en versiones privadas para hospitales y para compañías farmacéuticas que desarrollen ensayos clínicos. A partir de imágenes de rayos X, Ecografía, TAC, Resonancia Magnética o PET, Quibim es capaz de aplicar avanzados algoritmos de análisis que incluyen metodologías basadas en procesamiento por GPU (unidades de procesamiento gráfico), Machine Learning o Big Data. El software de Quibim permite aportar una mayor información en los diagnósticos y poder evaluar de forma temprana la respuesta a los tratamientos farmacológicos.

Según afirma Ángel Alberich-Bayarri, “La entrada de Angels en la compañía es para nosotros una gran satisfacción, ya que se materializa la relación iniciada en nuestro paso por Lanzadera, cuya ayuda fue imprescindible para hacer este proyecto realidad”.

El Director General de Angels, Jaime Esteban, añade, “Contar con Quibim entre las participadas de Angels afianza lo que Marina de Empresas quiere significar para los emprendedores: un lugar donde recibir apoyo en cualquier momento de su carrera, desde la formación hasta la inversión”.

 

Sobre Angels

Angels es la sociedad de inversión perteneciente a Marina de Empresas e impulsada por el empresario Juan Roig con capital 100% privado. Desde su constitución en septiembre de 2013, ha aportado a diferentes proyectos emprendedores más de 12 millones de € para que estas empresas de nueva generación puedan crecer y desarrollar su actividad. En la actualidad, Angels participa además de en Quibim, en Codigames, Grupo Sothis, Instituto Valenciano del Pie (IVPie), Grupo Vintes (Bodega Torre Oria), viVood y PlayFilm.

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QUIBIM granted with the H2020 – SME Instrument Phase II

QUIBIM team is proud to announce that the beneficiaries of the European Commission SME Instrument Phase 2 have been recently published, and our project has been awarded in the Open Disruptive Innovation (ODI) topic.

QUIBIM’s project “QUIBIM Precision” has been granted with 1.25M€ for the scaling and development of the company business plan through our cloud platform QUIBIM Precision®. This funding will boost and accelerate the strategic plan of the company, bringing new disruptive solutions to our platform, including dedicated High Performance Computing resources for our Machine Learning processes, incorporating new visual analytics tools and helping validate new imaging biomarkers that have been recently developed.

QUIBIM Precision® is an innovative imaging biomarker analysis platform in the cloud allowing for:

  1. Automated analysis of imaging biomarkers (results are ready just within minutes) with the best accuracy and reproducibility.
  2. Medically certified: QUIBIM is medically valid to scientifically support decision making.
  3. Open to any physicians: Optimized User Interface (UI), user experience (UX) and imaging analysis functionalities.
  4. Cost-effective: QUIBIM helps reduce costs of medical testing and misdiagnosis.

Our technology based on machine learning and image processing algorithms scouts the image and compares it to similar images in our database with known ground-truth diagnosis, based on patterns not obvious to a human eye.

About QUIBIM
QUIBIM is a biotechnology company dedicated to advanced medical image analysis. It was one of the start-ups selected in the 3rd edition of the acceleration program “LANZADERA” and it’s a spin-off company of the Medical Research Institute Hospital La Fe. Recently the company closed an investment round to boost its growth, including Tech Transfer UPV, AYCE Capital, and BioInfoGate, as well as some company promoters . QUIBIM’s business model is based on the extraction of quantitative information from radiological and nuclear medicine imaging using original and advanced computational processing techniques.

In 2016, QUIBIM was also selected as one of the disruptive companies by the EU and granted with the first round of Horizon 2020 SME Instrument Phase I Program 2016 under the call: “SMEInst-01- 2016-2017: Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme”

SME instrument – Horizon 2020 call
The SME Instrument is divided into 3 phases covering different stages of the innovation cycle. Phase 1 aims to cover the assessment of technical feasibility and market potential of new ideas. The project will be supported by an investment of 50,000€ and the typical duration should be no longer than 6 months.

Phase 2 aims to cover R&D activities with a particular focus on demonstration activities (testing, prototype, scale-up studies, design, piloting innovative processes, products and services, validation, performance verification etc.) and market replication encouraging the involvement of end users or potential clients. Project funding should amount to no more than 2,500,000€ and the typical duration of this phase should range from 12 to 24 months.

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Assessing the bone quality of your patients is just a few clicks away

Quibim is proud to introduce its new advanced methodolgy to assess bone quality and fracture risk: QTS (Quality of Trabecular Structure). The need for a reliable approach for the characterization of trabecular microarchitecture is evident, as conditions and diseases related to trabecular bone quality and structure are becoming a focal point of precision medicine. Millions of dollars are spent in bone fracture care and prevention, which in many cases represent a grave danger to the patient health. In this scenario, can we rely upon available methods to predict bone fractures? Regrettably, the answer is no. Or so it was. Before we introduce QTS in detail, let’s first review some of the available methods to evaluate fracture risk.

DEXA Bone Mineral Density (BMD) limitations as a fracture predictor are widely known. However, despite its glaring shortcomings it’s still considered as the gold standard in clinical practice. The WHO developed the FRAX tool hoping to improve the low ratio of success of BMD as a predictor, and, while it improves sensibility and specificity assessing fracture risk, it’s still not satisfactory enough for it to be used as a stand-alone predictor in clinical practice or clinical trials.

In an attempt to fill this void in the search of a reliable predictor, new imaging biomarkers that guarantee to provide the needed sensibility and specificity have been developed. Trabecular Bone Score (TBS®) by Medimaps is a fracture risk predictor using DEXA as a source. TBS® performs a gray level analysis (textures) on the DEXA images to determine bone integrity. But, is DEXA adequate for this task? Unlike regular XR, in which it’s possible to assess the trabecular structure, DEXA’s low radiation is not enough for trabeculae differentiation. In addition, DEXA (like XR) represents a 3D structure as a projection onto a plane, losing spatial information.

Other medical imaging modalities are much more adequate for bone analysis and the subsequent fracture risk evaluation. Thanks to advanced computing models, Quibim has developed a new imaging biomarker that uses either magnetic resonance (MR), computerized tomography (CT) or X-ray imaging for a detailed characterization of the trabecular structure. QTS (Quality of Trabecular Structure) by Quibim introduces several advantages over other analysis methods:

  • Real extraction of the trabecular bone microarchitecture: bone volume, trabecular thickness, trabecular separation…
  • Information of the complexity of the structure: fractal analysis
  • 3D spatial information, not only in plane (only CT and MR)
  • 3D reconstruction of the trabecular bone (only CT and MR)
  • Optional mechanical analysis (only CT and MR, with QTS+)
  • QTS Score comprises all this information in a single score for a rapid and accurate characterization of the bone structure.

This groundbreaking analysis method is already available at our cloud web platform: Quibim Precision. Below we detail how to analyze your study in a few simple steps.

Quibim Precision allows the upload of studies in Dicom format. The upload process is easy, intuitive and 100% secure, guaranteeing the patient confidentiality thanks to Quibim’s anonymization and encryption system. The whole process is performed without the need of installing any additional software. To start, click on the green “Upload Study” button to the right of the website.

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The platform will then ask for Dicom studies selection. With Google Chrome, we can drag and drop the study folder directly to the dotted box. With any other browser, we need to select the Dicom files to be uploaded.

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Once the Dicom folders have been selected, Quibim Precision allows the pre-visualization of the study to choose which sequences we wish to upload. In this case, we need a CT, an X-ray or a 3D T1 MR.

After the selection, the files will be anonymized and encrypted. Quibim Precision will ask for an encryption password before the upload process starts. The user needs to preserve this password, as it’s needed for patient traceability.

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After the upload process is completed, we click on the “Analyze Study” button of the study we want to evaluate.

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This will take us to the detailed view of the study, where we can perform all actions related to it. First of all, we will choose among all the available sequences the one to be analyzed and its Quibim standard name. In this case, the name of the sequence is “Linear Attenuation [1/cm] (3035)”, which corresponds to the standard name “High Resolution CT”.

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Next, we open the embedded Dicom viewer by clicking on “View”. Thanks to this viewer we can draw the ROI that will be used for the analysis. The viewer allows drawing 3D ROIs, first drawing a 2D rectangular ROI, and then selecting the slices on which it should be replicated. Clicking on “Apply” and “Save and go back” will store the ROI and it will be used for the analysis.

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Finally, we should choose which analysis method we’ll use among all the available apps in Quibim Precision. In this case we’ll click on the “Start Analysis” button of the “3D Bone microarchitecture – QTS Score” app. The analysis process will then start, and the user doesn’t need to perform any other action than checking the results.

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The results of the analysis are available on the view of the study. Once the analysis is completed we can check them by clicking on the “View Study” button on the “Processed Biomarkers” section.

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We can examine the 3D reconstruction images and the numeric results of the extracted imaging biomarkers on the results view. Furthermore, we can download them and the structured report in pdf format, which includes all the generated data in a compact, easy to read way.

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All the benefits of QTS are just a few clicks away. Create an account on Quibim Precision and start offering a real added value with your imaging studies.

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Our experience at BIO 2016 and USA tour

We were delighted to be present at past BIO conference in San Francisco (Moscone Center), from 6th to 9th of June, with a booth in the Spanish pavillion. Our presence was due to the incorporation of QUIBIM in the ICEX next program, the Spanish program that assists SME’s in their internationalization.

I can now confirm that the meeting covered my expectations and I agree with the definition in their website: The BIO International Convention (BIO) attracts over 15,000 biotechnology and pharma leaders who come together for one week of intensive networking to discover new opportunities and promising partnerships. This event covers a wide spectrum of life science and application areas including drug discovery, biomanufacturing, genomics, biofuels, nanotechnology and cell therapy.

QUIBIM stand at BIO convention in Spain Pavillion and its CEO, Angel Alberich-BayarriQUIBIM stand at BIO convention in Spain Pavillion and its CEO, Angel Alberich-Bayarri

The attendees were also variate:

  • One-third of BIO attendees come from outside the U.S.
  • 2,500+ CEO’s from leading biotech companies
  • More than 70% of attendees are either Managers, Directors, C-Level or Executive Management.
  • All company sizes: 33% of attendees are from companies with more than 500 employees and 40% are from companies with fewer than 50 employees.

Our first event in the congress was the session “Spain Kicks off 2016 BIO International Convention” in a charming venue: The Ferry Building. A session were we were able to learn from leading experts on how to select the appropriate path, develop and execute our strategy successfully, as well as best practices and what we need to understand in any approach. High level executives from TTS Global Initiative, Breakout Labs, CytomX, GeronIRB Barcelona, pH PharmaRoche, Stanford University and the Thiel Foundation participated in the panel.

In the BIO convention, we had a total of 23 one-to-one partnering meetings organised. The meetings were very well organised and distributed and having the possibility of discussing 30 minutes with potential customers, providers or investors to explore further ways of collaboration justifies our presence in the congress. New business opportunities that are now being executed arose.

After BIO convention, we decided to spend a pair of days at Case Western Reserve Medical Center in Cleveland, visiting Dr. Pablo Ros, member of our advisory board and Chairman at the Department of Radiology in UH Case Medical Center. The purpose of the visit was to discover the biomedical engineering department and the projects that are being performed. Among the short meetings I shared with senior reserchers, I must highlight the meeting with Dr. Mark Griswold, the promoter of the MRI fingerprinting technique.

In summary, we will probably repeat our attendance at BIO conference due to the success of networking.