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Wednesday, July 06 2022 - 12:34
AsiaNet and Sonic Healthcare join forces to launch '', bringing Artificial Intelligence (AI) to pathology
SYDNEY, July 6, 2022 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ -- aims to apply the latest methodologies in artificial intelligence 
(AI) to put groundbreaking AI tools into the hands of pathologists., the clinically led healthcare AI platform 
and Sonic Healthcare( (ASX:SHL), the global 
medical diagnostics leader, have this week officially launched '', a 
joint venture to advance patient care by integrating digital pathology tools 
into daily clinical practice.

The global partners have appointed Stephen 
Ruffels( as Chief Executive Officer 
of, bringing 20 years of technology leadership and medical device 
experience to the newly formed venture. Stephen, formerly's Chief 
Operating Officer, will oversee a team of more than 70 specialist engineers, 
data scientists and clinical experts by the end of 2023 to rapidly develop and 
commercialise new artificial intelligence (AI) methodologies for pathology. will provide pathologists with a digital assistant, using 
state-of-the-art AI technology in the form of tools that enhance diagnostic 
accuracy and efficiency. The venture combines's depth of expertise 
and comprehensive AI methodologies with Sonic Healthcare's global clinical 
experience and expertise to unlock the potential of digital pathology.

The new venture is supported by key hires, including General Manager Peter 
Dassos (formerly Director of Product at ResMed), and Head of Talent Celeste 
Kocabay (formerly Atlassian and Investible).

Stephen Ruffels, CEO of, said: "The global healthcare system has 
changed, and today we face many new challenges that require groundbreaking 
technological and digital advancements. We have spent months building the right 
team to work hand-in-hand with pathologists to develop AI-powered tools that 
will augment their pivotal role at the heart of the healthcare system. We are 
excited to see the partnership between and Sonic Healthcare grow 
stronger by the day."

Dr Aengus Tran, Co-Founder and CEO of, said: "The launch of marks a milestone in our partnership with Sonic Healthcare. 
Combining the process and technology platform with Sonic 
Healthcare's expertise is what we believe to be the fastest way to achieve our 
common goal of improving the capacity and quality of pathology services 

"We are also thrilled to announce that our former COO, Stephen Ruffels, has 
been appointed as CEO of Stephen was one of the first to join us 
and has contributed enormously to the success of in the last two 
years. I am confident that Stephen will uphold the values of both 
and Sonic Healthcare with his leadership and expertise in medical devices and 
will drive our mission in the pathology sector."

Dr Colin Goldschmidt, CEO of Sonic Healthcare, adds, "I am delighted with our 
new partnership, one which will strengthen our digital pathology endeavours on 
a global scale. Laboratory medicine informs almost every aspect of modern 
medicine, especially the diagnosis of cancer. With, we are taking a 
big step forward in the field of digital pathology, and we look forward to 
playing a leadership role in this important new area of modern medicine."

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About is a joint venture between global medical diagnostic leader Sonic 
Healthcare and healthcare AI platform with a mission to put 
groundbreaking artificial intelligence (AI) in the hands of pathologists 
globally and benefit millions of patients.

About is a clinician-led technology platform combining human intelligence 
with artificial intelligence (AI), building a range of ventures to change the 
face of healthcare and benefit millions of patients every day.

With a vision to redefine what's possible in healthcare through AI technology, works with ventures to develop, commercialise and deploy AI tools 
that support clinical diagnosis. These include working with Virtus Health 
Limited to develop AI in IVF and the world's most comprehensive AI clinical 
decision-support solutions for diagnostic imaging in its venture with I-MED 
Radiology Network

Most recently, partnering with Sonic Healthcare to put AI tools in the hands of 
pathologists with Each venture is based on the 
platform and fuses's partner company's deep clinical expertise and 
frameworks with the technology.

About Sonic Healthcare

Sonic Healthcare is one of the world's leading providers of medical 
diagnostics, with a reputation for excellence in laboratory medicine/pathology, 
radiology and primary care medical services, across operations in Australasia, 
Europe and North America.