Spectral MD Holdings, Calculus portfolio company, a predictive analytics company with proprietary AI and optical technology for faster and more accurate treatment decisions in wound care, announces it has been awarded $8.2 million in additional funding by the US Biomedical Advanced Research and Development Authority (BARDA). This funding supplements the original award announced in September of last year and brings the total funding commitment received by Spectral MD to over $100 million since 2013. The additional funding will further accelerate the commercialization of their ground breaking wound care technology by expanding the number of sites for the clinical training study for burn wounds, which helps in the efforts of accelerating the Company’s manufacturing readiness.
Wensheng Fan, Chief Executive Officer of Spectral MD, said: “We are honoured to receive this funding to deliver technology assisting with BARDA’s preparedness goal to rapidly develop safe, effective medical countermeasures accessible to all Americans. Importantly, this award expedites bringing this transformative technology to market and will ultimately change the standard of care for burn diagnosis and treatment in the US.”
Spectral MD will expand DeepView®‘s burn training study to include additional paediatric sites and US Emergency Departments (“EDs”). The Company anticipates the additional paediatric clinical data will increase the robustness and accuracy of DeepView®‘s wound healing prediction in paediatric patients from the current level of 88%. The addition of EDs will facilitate establishing a clinical benchmark for DeepView®‘s ED burn healing assessment, which we anticipate will have a major impact in the delivery of care for burns which is currently a challenge for the diagnosis of burn wounds.
With this award, additional interoperability features will be added to DeepView® that allow for integration with major US EHR systems, such as EPIC, Cerner, and others. This is an important feature, as US federal and state governments are heavily promoting the adoption of EHRs to improve care quality, safety, efficiency, cost-savings and to reduce health disparities.
The award will also significantly increase the Company’s DeepView® system production readiness in collaboration with its manufacturing partner utilizing validated current Good Manufacturing Practice (“cGMP”) for scaled production.