Non-Dilutive Funding to Accelerate Development of Artificial Intelligence Driven Handheld DeepView®
LONDON & DALLAS–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Spectral MD Holdings, Ltd. (AIM: SMD) (“Spectral MD” or the “Company”), an artificial intelligence (AI) company focused on medical diagnostics for faster and more accurate treatment decisions in wound care, announces today that it has received a $4 million award from the Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium (MTEC). The MTEC is a 501(c)(3) biomedical consortium collaborating with the U.S. Army Medical Material Development Activity (USAMMDA). This award will provide non-dilutive funding to support military battlefield burn evaluation via a handheld DeepView®, DeepView SnapShot M.
The funding will build upon work performed initially under an award of $1.1 million from the U.S. Department of Defense and will support the continued development of a fully portable device. The handheld DeepView SnapShot M would enable injuries to be triaged quickly and accurately on the battlefield so that those with more severe burn injuries can be prioritized for evacuation. The development of the handheld device closely aligns with MTEC’s mission of facilitating prototype advancement of technologies that protect, treat, and optimize the health and performance of U.S. military service personnel.
“The unpredictability of severe burn injuries designates this wound type as a complex critical care problem in both military and civilian populations. Military conflict zones are often in remote locations, meaning that an accurate and immediate burn assessment is paramount for effective treatment and appropriate intervention,” remarked Dr. Lauren Palestrini, Ph.D., MTEC Chief Scientific Officer. “Developing the DeepView SnapShot M for remote applications enables medical providers to accurately inform triage, evacuation, and resourcing decisions, contributing to reduced surgical burden, and soldier return-to-duty.”
“We are honored to receive this award to support the military with the continued development of our DeepView® technology, taking overall non-dilutive government funding commitments received to nearly $130 million,” commented Wensheng Fan, CEO of Spectral MD. “This funding will further Spectral MD’s innovation within the burn indication and support the continued development of our handheld digital burn assessment tool. We look forward to partnering with MTEC to advance our AI-driven diagnostic technology as we work toward FDA submission for the burn indication. Ultimately, we anticipate that our DeepView SnapShot M will transform wound care in many limited-access areas, including first responder, disaster preparedness and acute care emergency settings.”
The views expressed in this news release/article are those of the authors and may not reflect the official policy or position of the U.S. Department of the Army, U.S. Department of Defense, or the U.S. Government.
About Spectral MD
Spectral MD is a predictive AI company focused on medical diagnostics for faster and more accurate treatment decisions in wound care for burn, DFU, and future clinical applications. At Spectral MD, we are a dedicated team of forward-thinkers striving to revolutionize the management of wound care by “Seeing the Unknown”® with our DeepView® Wound Diagnostics System. The Company’s DeepView® platform is the only predictive diagnostic device that offers clinicians an objective and immediate assessment of a wound’s healing potential prior to treatment or other medical intervention. With algorithm-driven results that substantially exceed the current standard of care, Spectral MD’s diagnostic platform is expected to provide faster and more accurate treatment insight, significantly improving patient care and clinical outcomes. For more information, visit the Company at: www.spectralmd.com.
As announced on April 11, 2023, Spectral MD Holdings has entered into a business combination agreement to combine with Rosecliff Acquisition Corp I (“Rosecliff”, Nasdaq: RCLF), a special purpose acquisition company listed on Nasdaq.
About U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command
The U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command is the Army’s medical materiel developer, with responsibility for medical research, development, and acquisition. USAMRDC produces medical solutions for the battlefield with a focus on various areas of biomedical research, including military infectious diseases, combat casualty care, military operational medicine, medical, chemical, and biological defense. https://mrdc.amedd.army.mil/
The Medical Technology Enterprise Consortium is a 501(c)(3) biomedical technology consortium that is internationally dispersed, collaborating with multiple government agencies under a 10-year renewable Other Transaction Agreement with the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command. The consortium focuses on the development of medical solutions that protect, treat, and optimize the health and performance of U.S. service members and civilians. To find out more about MTEC, visit mtec-sc.org.
The U.S. Army Medical Materiel Development Activity is a subordinate command of the U.S. Army Medical Research and Development Command, under the Army Futures Command. As the premier developer of world-class military medical capabilities, USAMMDA is responsible for developing and delivering critical products designed to protect and preserve the lives of Warfighters across the globe. These products include drugs, vaccines, biologics, devices, and medical support equipment intended to maximize survival of casualties on the battlefield.
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This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. This includes, without limitation, all statements regarding (i) the proposed Transaction, including statements regarding anticipated timing of the proposed Transaction, (ii) the use of the MTEC award, (iii) the use of the current award, (iv) development of DeepView® technology and tools, (v) transformation of wound care in limited-access areas, (vi) innovation within burn indication, and (vii) the continued partnership with MTEC. Generally, statements that are not historical facts, including statements concerning our possible or assumed future actions, business strategies, events or results of operations, are forward-looking statements. These statements may be preceded by, followed by or include the words “believes,” “estimates,” “expects,” “projects,” “forecasts,” “may,” “will,” “should,” “seeks,” “plans,” “scheduled,” “anticipates” or “intends” or similar expressions. Such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties that may cause actual events, results or performance to differ materially from those indicated by such statements. These forward-looking statements are expressed in good faith, and Rosecliff and Spectral MD believe there is a reasonable basis for them. However, there can be no assurance that the events, results or trends identified in these forward-looking statements will occur or be achieved. Forward-looking statements speak only as of the date they are made, and neither Rosecliff nor Spectral MD is under any obligation, and expressly disclaim any obligation, to update, alter or otherwise revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events or otherwise, except as required by law.
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