In a news release, threat detection and counter-terrorism solutions company Patriot One Technologies Inc. (PAT:TSX; PTOTF:OTCQX) announced that "its wholly owned subsidiary Xtract Technologies Inc. has entered into a new project contract with Canexia Health (formerly Contextual Genomics) and supported by the Digital Technology Supercluster."
The company stated that since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic diagnosis and treatment of many health conditions has suffered as individuals have chosen to forgo healthcare hoping to reduce their coronavirus exposure. The firm pointed out that compared to the overall population, cancer patients are twice as likely to contract COVID-19 and three times as likely to die from it. The company advised that while patients endeavor to limit their virus exposure, they are delaying medical treatments and their disease may be spreading further. The firm noted that in Canada at least 100,000 surgeries including cancer tissue biopsies have been delayed or postponed since March 2020 due to COVID-19.
The firm stated that Project ACTT (Access to Cancer Testing & Treatment in Response to COVID-19) "aims to provide a liquid biopsy solution, that requires only a simple blood draw, as an alternative to surgical tissue biopsies." The company explained that this is a remotely delivered, minimally invasive DNA test that is analyzed by artificial intelligence technology to identify circulating tumor DNA in plasma. Based upon the results of the test patients are matched with targeted treatments to optimize outcomes.
The company indicated that Xtract AI's role will be to develop and apply Natural Language Processing models to aid in managing and integrating information from a mutation and cancer-type database.
The company's CEO Martin Cronin commented, "Knowing how far reaching the effects of COVID-19 are, we're delighted to be involved in another project utilizing artificial intelligence, and our team's expertise, in an effort to significantly, and hopefully positively, impact the lives of cancer patients."
The Digital Technology Supercluster is a consortium of private and public sector organizations formed to address challenges facing Canada's healthcare, manufacturing, natural resources and transportation sectors. The collaborative COVID-19 Program specifically aims to address issues created by the SARS-CoV-2 outbreak and improve the health and safety of all Canadians.
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