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PathAI raises $60 million for its computer vision-based pathology detection technology

With a clinical model of PathAI‘s computer vision-based pathology detection service still at least one year from coming to marketplace, the diagnostic technology developer has snagged $60 million in its latest circular of financing.

The company’s tech is used by doctors to analyze cell samples taken from patients to determine the presence or absence of bacterium, viruses, cancerous cells or other disease-causing agents.

These days, PathAI’s technology is used less in hospitals for patient care and more by pharmaceutical companies developing brand-new drugs, according to the company’s co-founder and monarch executive, Dr. Andy Beck.

Our biggest focus today is a research platform; we use it to examine brand-new therapeutics for serious diseases,” Beck says. “We see that as a really important problem for patients… accelerating how we get safe and effective medicines to patients.”

That’s an attractive marketplace, given that pharmaceutical companies have more cash than hospitals to disburse on brand-new technology.

When the company does work with pathologists, they’re using the technology for research purposes, says Beck. Any clinical diagnostic work would have to go through trials and be approved by regulators, he says.

“For this direct clinical use it’s in the one to two-year moment frame,” he says. 

General Atlantic led the company’s latest circular, with extra capital coming from previous investors General Catalyst, 8VC, DHVC, REfactor Capital, KdT Ventures and Pillar Companies.

PathAI has grown its staff to more than 60 employees in the past year, and the company has signed partnerships with Bristol-Myers Squibb and Novartis .

As a result of the financing, General Atlantic managing director Dr. Michelle Dipp will take a seat on the company’s board.

“PathAI’s work could radically enhance the accuracy and reproducibility of disease diagnosis and help the development of brand-new medicines to treat those diseases,” said David Fialkow, managing director at General Catalyst, in a statement. 

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