SBIR Phase II: Early and Specific Dementia Diagnosis Using Imaging and Pattern Classification Software

Award Information
Agency: National Science Foundation
Branch: N/A
Contract: 1256638
Agency Tracking Number: 1256638
Amount: $500,000.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: SBIR
Awards Year: 2013
Solicitation Year: 2012
Solicitation Topic Code: BC
Solicitation Number: N/A
Small Business Information
480 West Center St, Suite 202, Grayslake, IL, 60030-7827
DUNS: 961927808
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: N
Principal Investigator
 Ana Lukic
 (312) 674-9805
Business Contact
 Ana Lukic
Phone: (312) 674-9805
Research Institution
This Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) Phase II project addresses a critical need for accurate patient diagnosis in the development of effective therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias, and in patient treatment. The high variability of patients selected for dementia clinical trials, including misdiagnosis, has been a significant contributor to the high failure rates of these trials. The diagnostic under development in this grant would provide an important way to reduce misdiagnosis and patient variability. A main objective of Phase II is to expand the glucose metabolism dementia diagnostic developed in Phase I to be capable of analyzing amyloid PET images and structural magnetic resonance images (MRI), and to combine data from one or more of these imaging modalities into an optimal diagnostic and prognostic assessment. The research will include the development, refinement and testing of: single-modality analysis methods that identify the type of dementia that a patient has, single-modality analysis methods that place the patient along a scale of disease severity, methods that combine and optimize information from multiple imaging modalities, and automated software to conduct these analyses. In addition, reports will be further developed and refined with feedback from physicians and pharmaceutical partners to clearly communicate results. The broader impact/commercial potential of this project is the ability to address a major barrier of patient variability in achieving successful clinical trials, thus increasing the opportunity to find effective therapeutics for Alzheimer's Disease and other dementias. More than 6 million persons in the U.S. alone are affected by these dementias, with a societal cost estimated at more than $400 billion. This population is rapidly growing as the population ages, and the need to effectively identify and treat patients is urgent. The use of the technology to screen patients for clinical trials and stratify them for analysis is expected to be of immense value to pharmaceutical companies and is an initial commercial opportunity. Already, the developments of Phase I are in use for projects with two such companies. The ability to accurately diagnose patients will help to address the need to correctly treat these patients. The project will result in job creation as the initial service model and subsequent product model are implemented. Finally, by allowing characterization of the subjects in clinical trials, this project will aid in the scientific understanding of the progression of disease and its relationship to symptoms and response to therapy.

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