Predictive Oncology’s (NASDAQ: POAI) subsidiary Helomics in July announced a joint collaborative agreement with the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine (“UPMC”) to study the use of Helomics’ artificial intelligence (“AI”) platform (D-CHIP)(TM) to improve clinical decision making for ovarian cancer patients. The platform will be employed to analyze the genomic and drug response profiles of women with ovarian cancer to establish predictive value in terms of response or non-response to therapy. UPMC Enterprises, the commercialization and innovation arm of UPMC, will fund the work performed under the collaboration. “Helomics has pioneered the testing of drugs on patients’ own tumors to help oncologists individualize treatment options — what we call functional precision medicine. We believe that by linking both the drug response profile and the genomic profile of the patient’s tumor using a machine learning approach, we can provide ‘multi-omic’ predictive models that will have greater decision-making impact than just genomics alone, which in turn will positively benefit oncologists and their patients,” Helomics chief innovation officer Dr. Mark Collins stated in the news release. “Working alongside both UPMC Enterprises and UPMC Magee-Womens Hospital provides us with the unique opportunity to potentially make a direct impact on how medicine is practiced at one of the leading women’s medical facilities in the country. We look forward to discussing our findings with both the medical community and our stockholders as they develop.”
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About Predictive Oncology Inc.
Predictive Oncology (formerly Precision Therapeutics Inc.) operates through its three business units, Helomics, TumorGenesis and Skyline Medical. Helomics applies artificial intelligence to its rich data gathered from patient tumors to both personalize cancer therapies for patients and drive the development of new targeted therapies in collaborations with pharmaceutical companies. Helomics’ CLIA-certified lab provides clinical testing that assists oncologists in individualizing patient treatment decisions by providing an evidence-based roadmap for therapy. In addition to its proprietary precision oncology platform, Helomics offers boutique CRO services that leverage its TruTumor(TM), patient-derived tumor models coupled to a wide range of multi-omics assays (genomics, proteomics and biochemical), and an AI-powered proprietary bioinformatics platform (D-CHIP) to provide a tailored solution to its clients’ specific needs. Predictive Oncology’s TumorGenesis subsidiary is developing a new rapid approach to growing tumors in the laboratory, which essentially “fools” cancer cells into thinking they are still growing inside a patient. Its proprietary Oncology Discovery Technology Platform kits will assist researchers and clinicians to identify which cancer cells bind to specific biomarkers. Once the biomarkers are identified they can be used in TumorGenesis’ Oncology Capture Technology Platforms which isolate and help categorize an individual patient’s heterogeneous tumor samples to enable the development of patient specific treatment options. Helomics and TumorGenesis are focused on ovarian cancer. Predictive Oncology’s Skyline Medical division markets its patented and FDA cleared STREAMWAY System, which automates the collection, measurement and disposal of waste fluid, including blood, irrigation fluid and others, within a medical facility, through both domestic and international divisions. The company has achieved sales in five of the seven continents through both direct sales and distributor partners. For more information, visit the company’s website at www.Predictive-Oncology.net.
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