4Dx Preclinical Scanner Project to Rapidly Manufacture 2 Preclinical Scanner Units for Delivery in Major US Hospitals
Melbourne, Australia, 19 April 2017: 4Dx Group “4Dx”, Hydrix Pty Ltd “Hydrix”, and Monash University are collaborating “4Dx Pre-Clinical Scanner Project consortium” to rapidly manufacture two pre-clinical scanners for delivery to two major American medical research hospitals by the end of the year. A further three units will be supplied to other world leading hospitals by the end of the 2018.
This project will deliver technology that is a world first in innovative respiratory analysis and diagnostic systems. 4Dx provides a unique 4-Dimensional perspective and expert analysis of data to clinical practitioners. The technology results in lower costs, provides more information and faster validation of treatment with reduced radiation exposure, while also allowing for earlier detection of disease and intervention by doctors. The technology enables clinicians to capture images that effectively provide highly detailed footage of the motion and airflow within breathing lungs.
162 million respiratory diagnostic procedures are performed within the OECD each year, at a cost in excess of AU$25 billion per annum. A share of this market will create a new multi-billion-dollar industry in Victoria. This industry will see the creation of highly skilled jobs in design, engineering, software development, R&D and clinical trials in the Victorian economy.
4Dx technologies are globally unique and with strong interest from a number of major US hospitals 4Dx has the opportunity to secure a strong share of the US respiratory health clinical technology market. The technology opens up a new niche for the export of high value advanced technology manufactured in Victoria.
This innovative diagnostic was developed through research programs conducted at Monash University, with support and funding from a number of Australian and American government agencies and peak body groups.
Monash University Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice President (Enterprise) Mr Ken Sloan says, “the technology provides an enormous opportunity to impact global health and is a brilliant example of the leading role Monash University research teams are playing in world class innovation. By harnessing our leading research capability and driving government and commercial partnerships, Monash enterprise is tackling real world, high impact challenges, while also advancing economic growth.”
The approval process for clinical human use will be undertaken in conjunction with the utilisation of the pre-clinical scanning technology on small animals at US medical research hospitals. The partnership with major US hospitals to take up the clinical scanner technology will enable human clinical use in key facilities with a view to rapid global adoption of the technology.
4Dx CEO and founder Andreas Fouras says, “having these key US hospitals commit to a 4Dx scanner demonstrates their confidence in our technology and lays the foundations for the introduction of human research scanners in the near future.”
The Pre-Clinical Scanner Project is supported by the Victorian Government, with the project expected to create 56 new jobs and generate at least AU$6.7 million export revenue over the two year period. The consortium will directly co-invest $1.395 million in the project, with 4Dx committing to an additional $6.85 million investment into research and development operations in Victoria.
Hydrix Business Development Manager Paul Carboon says, “we are excited to support 4Dx in the design finalisation and assembly of the first batch of preclinical scanners. It is a great Victorian success story of technology that was created at Monash and is now being commercialised by 4Dx. This project leverages Hydrix’s significant experience in the development and commercialisation of x-ray based innovative products targeted at the Global Markets. It is fantastic to be able to secure the development and manufacturing of these products here in Victoria.”
4Dx CEO and founder Andreas Fouras also says, “4Dx envisages this project will provide a significant new advanced manufacturing, export and jobs opportunity for Victoria from what will be rapid global demand for disruptive 4Dx research and clinical technologies.”
Gaining Victorian Government funding support under the Future Industries Fund Sector Growth Program is vital to ensure the consortium is able to provide certainty to manufacture in Victoria and supply of the first two ventilator-scanner units to US research hospitals by the end of the year.
Minister for Industry and Employment, Wade Noonan says “through the Sector Growth Program, the Victorian Government is making it possible for innovative organisations such as 4DX Limited, Hydrix Pty Ltd and Monash University to undertake this ground breaking project which will improve the management of respiratory conditions.”