AURORA AND CONTICANET STRIKE A DEAL TO FIGHT CONNECTIVE TISSUE CANCERS
MONTREAL (CANADA), December 15, 2009 – Aurora Interactive Ltd., a world leader in digital pathology communications announced today that the company has signed a contract for its mScope Clinical and mScope Universal Viewer with CONTICANET1, (CONnective TIssue CAncer NETwork), a European consortium of 19 research organizations which plan to become a world leader in the understanding, diagnosis and management of connective tissue cancers.
One of the major initiatives at the cornerstones of CONTICANET is the creation of Conticabase, a shared database. Over the last three years this ambitious project, under the project leadership of Professor Coindre, has been underway, developing a massive virtual tumor bank. This project is to set up a database on patients with connective tissue cancer and a virtual tumour bank. Connective tissue cancers, which include sarcomas, gastrointestinal stromal sarcoma, aggressive fibromatosis and hamartomas, are rare cancers that affect a broad spectrum of age groups.
Dr. Jean-Michel Coindre, Professor of Pathology at the Université Victor Ségalen and head of the Department of Pathology at Institut Bergonié stated that: “There are several other important components being introduced into this databank. We are introducing a virtual slide system that will allow remote pathological review of the samples by a Web-based panel of expert pathologists, improving the validity of any results derived from these samples.”
Mr. Pierre Le Fèvre, President and Chief Executive Officer of Aurora declared that: “We are very pleased to team up with such a high calibre organization who values the quality of our medical communication tools to tackle, what is probably the largest undertaking of its kind in the world, the creation of a database of patients with connective tissue cancer”
About Aurora Interactive Ltd.
Aurora Interactive has developed the leading web based software platform (mScope) for simplification, productivity and ease of communications. mScope’s universal web viewer has collaborative tools to view medical slides and images anytime, anywhere, regardless of file format. The software has three applications to aid digital pathology web based communications needs, mScope Education, mScope Clinical, and mScope Universal Viewer.
Aurora’s mission is to facilitate better patient outcomes, helping members of the medical community achieve their full potential by eliminating the learning, diagnostic and collaborative restrictions posed by time and space.www.aurorainteractive.com
Launched in February 2006, CONTICANET is a Network of Excellence funded by the 6th Framework Program of the European commission. This network is generating a critical mass of key stakeholders in order to overcome the current difficulties in terms of lack of data, data fragmentation, mobility of researchers, heterogeneity of methodologies and legislation. The consortium consists of 19 organizations and works towards better understanding, diagnosis and management of connective tissue cancers. CONTICANET will improve the diagnosis and treatment of patients afflicted by these tumours, not only in the highly specialized centers involved in CONTICANET but also through training of medical doctors - in sufficiently large and adequately equipped hospitals.
1 The Project co-funded by the European Commission within the Sixth Framework Program - Priority 1 Life Sciences, genomics and biotechnology for health.
|Université Claude Bernard Lyon 1
|National University of Ireland
||Università Degli Studi Di Padova
|Erasmus University Medisch Centrum
||Katholieke Universiteit Leuven
|The Institute of Cancer Research
||Centre Hospitalo-Universitaire Saint-Louis
|Institut Gustave Roussy
|Fondazione IRCCS “Istituto Nazionale dei Tumori”
|École Normale Supérieure de Cachan
|Institute of Oncology Ljubljana
||Lyon Ingénierie Projet
|PharmaMar SA Sociedad Unipersonal
For further information, please contact:
Jacques C. Gagnon
Pr. Jean-Michel Coindre
00 33 5 56 33 33 33