Medtech Insight is part of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC’s registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 8860726.

This copy is for your personal, non-commercial use. For high-quality copies or electronic reprints for distribution to colleagues or customers, please call +44 (0) 20 3377 3183

Printed By

UsernamePublicRestriction
UsernamePublicRestriction

Imaging in its Heyday: Research Applications (Part 1)

This article was originally published in Start Up

Executive Summary

Biomolecular imaging is upgrading diagnostic imaging's stodgy reputation as scientists increasingly use it to improve both pharmaceutical research and clinical care. Part I of a two-part series explores researchers' excitement about biomolecular imaging's potential to improve the drug development process. Many companies see research applications as a way to prime the marketplace for clinical applications. But venture capitalists think research is a limited opportunity.

You may also be interested in...



The Pace of Development of Molecular Imaging Agents

The adoption of new in vivo molecular imaging agents may eventually follow the current path of in vitro diagnostics, which for some products is shifting from a cost-effectiveness standard for reimbursement toward an evidence-based. But the companies most likely to support the clinical trials that would establish such benefits are only slowly integrating the development of molecular agents into their core businesses. IVD - an area of acquisition interest for these companies -may be the force that transforms them into more biologically minded and innovation-driven entities, and in so doing it may bolster the development of molecular imaging agents.

GE's Personalized Play for Amersham

GE Medical's pending $9.5 billion acquisition of Amersham PLC, while cast in terms of the company's commitment to accelerate progress in personalized medicine, is fundamentally a hard-headed numbers play aimed at maintaining momentum of GE's gargantuan $10 billion medical systems business unit. GE needs healthy businesses oriented towards growing markets to maintain its momentum. And Amersham, with its stable, predictable contrast agent and protein separations businesses fits well into the portfolio. Meanwhile, the personalized medicine play holds mid-to-long term promise.

VisEn Medical Inc.

VisEn Medical's core technology is based on activatable "smart imaging agents" and novel optical systems, including fluorescence-mediated tomography. The ability to visualize reactions and processes in vivo in real time using agents specifically activated by molecular targets, processes, or pathways-the molecular signatures of disease--may lead to breakthroughs that aren't possible with in vitro methods.

Related Content

Topics

Related Companies

UsernamePublicRestriction

Register

MT037197

Ask The Analyst

Ask the Analyst is free for subscribers.  Submit your question and one of our analysts will be in touch.

Your question has been successfully sent to the email address below and we will get back as soon as possible. my@email.address.

All fields are required.

Please make sure all fields are completed.

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please make sure you have filled out all fields

Please enter a valid e-mail address

Please enter a valid Phone Number

Ask your question to our analysts

Cancel