Roche entered into an agreement with PathAI, a provider of artificial intelligence (AI)-powered technology for pathology. Under the terms of this agreement, PathAI will exclusively work with Roche Tissue Diagnostics (RTD) to develop AI-enabled digital pathology algorithms in the companion diagnostics space. 

RTD will work exclusively with PathAI for a pre-specified term as the sole external algorithm development company for AI-powered companion diagnostics, while retaining the ability to continue to develop its own algorithms for companion diagnostics. PathAI will retain the ability to freely develop algorithms outside of companion diagnostics. 

“As the market leader in companion diagnostics, we strive to continuously bring new innovations in personalised healthcare,” says Jill German, head of Roche Tissue Diagnostics. “This collaboration with PathAI will allow us to accelerate our ability to meet the demand from biopharma companies looking to develop AI-enabled companion diagnostics, and provide them with a powerful end-to-end solution in the pursuit of precision therapeutics.”

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Algorithms developed under this agreement will be deployed using Roche’s Digital Pathology solution.

“This collaboration with Roche is a testament to our shared commitment to advancing the field of digital pathology and AI-enabled diagnostics for both drug development and clinical care,” says Andy Beck, MD, PhD, CEO and co-founder of PathAI. “High medical value diagnostic products with seamless integration into the laboratory workflow will accelerate the transition to digital pathology as the standard to aid clinicians in diagnosis and biomarker characterization.”

Under a previous agreement from October 2021, the companies jointly developed an embedded image analysis workflow for pathologists. This workflow allows PathAI image analysis algorithms to be accessed within Roche’s navify Digital Pathology software platform. PathAI algorithms were the first to be fully integrated into the Roche Open Environment.