Navigation Links
Australian Government Invests in Detection and Management of Blinding Eye Disease and Diabetes Through Intelligent High Resolution Retinal Camera Development by Vision CRC
Date:2/18/2013

SYDNEY, Feb. 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- The most advanced technology for use in real-time detection and assessment of common blinding eye disease and general health disorders will soon be available to the world with stimulus funding provided for development by the Australian Government's CRC Program. The imaging technology of the breakthrough retinal camera is being developed by the Vision Cooperative Research Centre (Vision CRC) based in Sydney with international partners in Australia, US, China, India and Africa.

The world's first intelligent retinal camera will accurately and rapidly detect and eventually diagnose sight-threatening conditions such as diabetic retinopathy and glaucoma. The camera is being designed for ease of use in the most extreme environments so that it can be used by technical support staff and in the most remote and under-served locations, especially to close the gap in eye health in Australian Aboriginal communities.

CEO of Vision CRC and Brien Holden Vision Institute, Professor Brien Holden said today, "Medical devices of this nature are typically researched for use in affluent populations and aimed at high-end commercial returns. This Intelligent Retinal Camera (IRC) system will apply high resolution, multispectral imaging in an economic but high technology instrument that will be affordable and therefore accessible both in remote communities and in community health locations and professional offices throughout the world.

"Living in remote communities seriously disadvantages patients through lack of access to optometrists and ophthalmologists. The IRC will detect, measure and assess the potential for blinding disease thus preventing lengthy delay in getting treatment to those in need in marginalised communities. Aboriginal communities will be among the first to experience and benefit from this technology thanks to the funding from the Australian Government recently announced and the partnership with Aboriginal researchers and community health experts."

"Having spent the last 20 years researching and bringing to market and communities around the world, solutions for correcting refractive error, we are delighted that the Australian Government is backing our plan to piggyback onto the systems developed to deliver vision correction, the capacity to simply and effectively detect and manage blinding eye disease through retinal image analysis," Professor Holden said.

The imaging technology was first designed and developed by Professor Tom Cornsweet , a medical technology veteran and icon based in Arizona, US, in a social enterprise company Quantum Catch LLC that focuses on the design, manufacture, and sale of affordable, high-quality, user friendly automatic medical devices for detection and screening of diseases. At a crucial stage of development of the retinal camera the Fred Hollows Foundation provided funding grants.

"The Vision CRC program has done what CRCs do best - bringing Australian and world leading scientists, technologists, engineers, social scientists and business people together to advance the social and economic benefit of Australia and the world," said Professor Holden.

"In this case it is a real dream team. We have brought together Tom Cornsweet , CEO Peter Galen and the team at Quantum Catch; world leading vision technologist, Professor Ho from the Brien Holden Vision Institute; the Institute's Public Health Division led by Amanda Davis in Sydney and Professor Kovin Naidoo from Durban, South Africa; the immense database and clinical research genius of Professor Mingguang He , from China's leading ophthalmology research Institute, the Zhongshan Ophthalmic Centre; our long-standing colleagues at the LV Prasad Eye Institute in India; and the best Australia has to offer through the Centre for Eye Research Australia's Professor Jonathan Crowston ; Aboriginal eye health expert Professor Hugh Taylor ; Sandra Bailey , CEO the Aboriginal Health and Medical Research Council of NSW and new participant Ninti One; all in one team to help unlock the future of health diagnostics.

"This is especially exciting as it is intended that post-CRC the infrastructure and systems will be in place to develop further diagnostics for many of the most difficult and intractable general health and eye conditions," he added.

EDITORS' NOTES

Vision CRC is one of Australia's most successful research organisations at taking innovations to a world market and transforming lives; the CRC and its predecessors having generated over AU$1.25 billion in research funding and earned over AU$230 million in royalties.

The Australian Government's contribution of AU$5million under the CRC program will unlock a further AU$24.5 million in CRC and partner investment towards developing this breakthrough technology, ensuring that the most socially disadvantaged benefit from its development. The investment will also put Vision CRC, Brien Holden Vision Institute and Quantum Catch at the very forefront of global medical devices research and development.

Vision CRC is comprised of Australian and international researchers engaged in cutting edge projects, working with a range of leading industry collaborators. The organisation was born from the Australian Government's CRC program, which was established to advance Australia's capacity for innovation. To learn more about the Vision CRC go to: www.visioncrc.org

The Brien Holden Vision Institute is a world leading science, technology, education and licensing not-for-profit organisation. For over 25 years the Institute has worked with a global network of partners to advance eye research and translate its discoveries into breakthrough products. It has developed contact lenses that provide safer vision correction and is now focused on creating revolutionary new products for detecting and managing the most common eye conditions that affect the sight of billions globally. The Institute provides postgraduate research opportunities for outstanding students from around the world, fights disability through education and human resource development in communities in need and delivers eye care to people in underserved communities worldwide. To learn more visit website www.brienholdenvision.org

Quantum Catch is a term used to describe the process whereby photons are absorbed by pigment molecules in the retinal photoreceptors and trigger a cascade of events that lead to excitation of the next neural elements in the visual system.

Founded in 2009, Quantum Catch, LLC is a start-up limited liability company registered in Delaware with a research and prototyping laboratory located in Prescott, Arizona. Quantum Catch Corp. is a newly registered US organisation in which Brien Holden Vision Institute became the majority share holder to cement the company's on-going commitment to affordable, socially beneficial, high quality technology infrastructure for health care for all people.

Media Contact:
Stephen Davis
M: +61 450 661 695
E: s.davis@brienholdenvision.org
Hi res IMAGES available


'/>"/>
SOURCE Brien Holden Vision Institute
Copyright©2012 PR Newswire.
All rights reserved

Related medicine technology :

1. Australian Business Mogul Bruce Mathieson Invests in iSonea
2. Northwest Bio Awarded $5.5 Million German Government Grant
3. U.S. Government Supports Phase 3 Study of Bavarian Nordics Smallpox Vaccine
4. Remote Patient Monitoring Devices Market to 2017 - Chronic Disease Prevalence and Government Curbs on Hospital Spending to Drive the Market
5. Government Affairs Groups Play Critical Role in Protecting Organizations in Turbulent Times
6. French Government Agrees to Fund Study of the PneumRx RePneu Lung Volume Reduction Coil
7. Patient Monitoring Devices Market in Emerging Countries (China, India, Brazil) to 2017 - Increasing Government Spending and Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) to Drive Future Growth
8. Elusys Awarded Additional $14.5 Million Under Existing U.S. Government Contracts Supporting Expanded Human Safety Studies of ETI-204 for Treatment of Inhalational Anthrax
9. MedicareBlue Rx Drug Plan Earns Federal Governments Top Rating
10. Medical Devices Market in China to 2018 - Government Reforms Aimed at Strengthening the Healthcare System and Expanding Access will Accelerate Growth
11. Government Investments in Upgrades Sustain Laboratory Analytical Instrumentation Market in China, Finds Frost & Sullivan
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:6/8/2017)... 2017  Less than a month ago, amateur hackers ... companies, including hospital networks, in over 150 countries. ... the largest online extortion attempts ever recorded. With the ... is imperative that providers understand where the risks lie, ... — and many other very real cyber threats.  ...
(Date:6/7/2017)... 7, 2017  Novavax, Inc., (Nasdaq: NVAX ) ... 2 trials of its RSV F protein recombinant nanoparticle vaccine ... have been published in the journal Vaccine ... in prior scientific conferences). The Company previously announced top ... is developing the RSV F Vaccine with the goal of ...
(Date:6/3/2017)... INDIANAPOLIS , June 3, 2017  Eli ... today announced that results from the Phase 3 ... kinase (CDK)4 & 6 inhibitor, in combination with ... treatment with fulvestrant alone in women with hormone-receptor-positive ... advanced breast cancer who have relapsed or progressed ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:
(Date:6/24/2017)... ... ... Doorknobs are for convenience, deadbolts are for security. , There are many ... an alarm system installed. But unless there is a working deadbolt lock that is ... Premier Locksmith in Killeen, TX says: “In the majority of home burglaries, intruders use ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... MA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Care Reconciliation Act (BCRA), their proposed healthcare bill to repeal and replace the ... May, the Senate bill would make significant cuts to Medicaid, a public health ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... Valley, CA (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2017 , ... ... Blue Belle, were recently denied entry to the JFK Virgin Atlantic lounge. , ... her into a wheelchair six years ago, Bensko dedicated her life to supporting our ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... June 23, 2017 , ... Ensuring meat products have reached ... the importance of correctly using a meat thermometer. The videos feature University of ... on consumer food safety habits. Dr. Bruhn explains the variety of meat thermometers ...
(Date:6/23/2017)... ... 23, 2017 , ... PureLife Dental is pleased to announce that California Dental ... As part of the amalgam separator endorsement, all CDA members may purchase an ECO ... the retail value. This partnership between PureLife and CDA is especially timely as it ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):