Israel has designed cure for cancer, Russia is going to preserve organs for a long time, while the USA has developed an algorithm for voice reproduction. These and other events in the medical technology sector are described in our digest.
Israel designs multipurpose method of cancer treatment
Accelerated Evolution Biotechnologies Ltd. (AEBi) has developed the first cross-functional approach to cure cancer. A group of scientists is going to introduce it in a year.
Company representatives say that the MuTaTo (multi-target toxi) is a high-level technology that will be efficient immediately. Treatment will require several weeks, and side effects will be minimal.
The anticancer drug is based on SoAP, a phage display technology. MuTaTo uses a combination of several cancer-targeting peptides and a strong toxin that will kill cancer cells. Currently, the company is planning to start clinical testing.
Private clinics to increase amount of services
The Government of the Russian Federation is going to increase the list of healthcare services for patients in private clinics.
Private hospitals will be able to perform complex surgeries for heart and other internal organs for patients with the OMI Policy. Experts report that the increasing amount of high-tech medical care clinics will allow to improve the quality of services.
One has already approved the rules of paying for high-tech medical care in private clinics due to the Federal Statutory Health Insurance Fund. Hospitals applying for government financing should enter the special list of the Ministry of Healthcare of the Russian Federation. Tо achieve that, they have to comply with the requirements for equipment, staffing level, and personnel’s experience.
Russian clinics to test AI-based manipulator
NTI Competence Center for Artificial Intelligence is going to start testing a prototype of the robotic hand based on artificial intelligence. Testing will take place in Russian rehabilitation clinics in the first half of 2019.
The manipulator is designed for patients suffering from reduced working capacity or total loss of upper limbs.
The solution is capable to grasp items and can be attached to human body. The robotic hand can be controlled using a neural headset with an eye tracker, which is put on the patient’s head.
In the future, developers will complement the manipulator with an interface allowing to program the robotic hand individually.
Russia to develop organ preservation technologies
Russian researchers are working on technologies able to preserve organs and tissues for an unlimited period. It was reported by the media office of the Advanced Research Foundation.
Scientists are developing technologies so that preserved organs and tissues could be used for transplantation. According to the Advanced Research Foundation, Russia has already managed to restore the frog’s heart stored for 45 days at the temperature of -196°C.
AI reverses brain signals into words
Researchers from Columbia University have designed an algorithm that can transform brain signals into speech.
Initially, the vocoder was taught to read the brain activity. In process of training, patients with epilepsy who underwent surgical brain treatment listened to various phrases. Afterwards, activity sensors recorded reply signals reproduced by the vocoder.
AI speech appeared to be close to the original. Scientists state that the integration of technology will require approximately 10 years. However, according to developers, the technology has the potential to return speech to patients losing the capability to talk.