Brain imaging AI startup Icometrix raises $18 million in new funding to transform care for patients with brain disorders and injuries
Icometrix, a Leuven, Vlaams-Brabant, Belgium-based startup that is transforming patient care through imaging AI, announced today it has raised $18 million in Series A funding round to transform care for patients with brain disorders and injuries. The round, which was led by Forestay Capital alongside Optum Ventures and existing investor Capricorn Venture Partners, brings the total funding raised to date to total of $20.2 million.
icometrix provides clinicians with standardized measurements on their patients’ brain MRI scans in order to improve personalized care of people with a neurological disorder.
Founded in 2011 by Dirk Loeckx and Wim Van Hecke, Icometrix is a spin-off company of the universities and university hospitals of Leuven and Antwerp. Today, icometrix has grown to a team of over 25 people and is internationally active, with headquarters in Leuven and an office in Boston, USA. They are the worldwide standard in MRI biomarkers in routine clinical practice.
icometrix developed MSmetrix, which detects brain lesions, calculates lesion volume and measures the whole brain and grey matter volume and atrophy. MSmetrix, received market approval in the EU and other countries including Canada, Brazil and Australia. FDA clearance is pending. Furthermore, icometrix is ISO9001 and ISO13485 (Medical Devices) and ISO27001 (Information Security) certified.
icometrix’s icobrain software, which is both CE-marked and FDA-cleared, extracts clinically meaningful information from brain MRI and CT scans of patients with neurological disorders, such as Multiple Sclerosis, Alzheimer’s disease and dementia, and traumatic brain injury. The icobrain AI solutions are already used in more than 100 hospitals and imaging center networks worldwide, and in clinical studies by 4 out of the Top 5 pharmaceutical companies.
“With icobrain, medical images can be read faster, more consistently and in a more personalized fashion by quantifying the volume of brain structures and abnormalities,” said Wim Van Hecke, CEO of icometrix. “One in three people will suffer from a brain disorder, often due to a chronic disease, leading to an immense burden for patients, friends, families, caregivers and society. Brain scans play a central role in patient diagnosis and monitoring, creating a huge need for objective and patient-specific evaluation of MRI and CT brain scan images with tools like icobrain.”
“Forestay is delighted to partner with icometrix’s management and to help drive forward its growing success story. This technology transforms the way we diagnose, monitor and treat people with brain disorders and we can see its immense potential to improve neurological diagnostics, making a complex process quicker and more effective for each individual patient. Our own investor, the Waypoint Capital group, has a deep heritage in the health care sector and also owns Affidea, the largest imaging center network in Europe, which has partnered with icometrix to develop the standardization protocols for its large-scale deployment across Europe. This gives us great confidence in its future value potential,” said Frederic Wohlwend, Managing Partner of Forestay Capital.
“We strongly believe in the power of data to help diagnose, monitor and treat neurological disorders,” said Heather Roxborough, Partner at Optum Ventures. “By putting icometrix’s innovative AI brain imaging solutions in the hands of clinicians and radiologists worldwide, we can help improve the lives of millions of people with brain disorders.”