Hologic and Google Cloud to collaborate on digital diagnostic capabilities

February 05, 2021
by Gus Iversen, Editor in Chief
Hologic has announced a multi-year strategic collaboration with Google Cloud that will integrate Google Cloud’s machine learning technology with Hologic’s Genius Digital Diagnostics cytology platform to screen for cervical cancer.

Genius Digital Diagnostics combines AI with advanced imaging to help identify precancerous lesions and cancer cells in women. Now, Hologic is enhancing the deep learning component of the system with Google Cloud so that it may derive even more actionable insights from cytology slides for cytotechnologists and pathologists. In addition to that, Google Cloud will provide a reliable cloud data architecture to further extend the system’s capabilities.

“Hologic has been at the forefront of cervical cancer screening for more than 30 years, and we are building on that legacy with this strategic collaboration,” said Kevin Thornal, president of Hologic’s diagnostic solutions division, in a statement. “Enhancing our use of AI with Google Cloud’s machine learning capabilities and cloud architecture is the next natural step in this journey forward.”

Genius Digital Diagnostics is CE-marked for diagnostic use in Europe and is not available for sale in the U.S.

“Through this collaboration with Hologic, we are helping to evolve digital diagnostics by complementing their expertise in diagnostics and AI with our expertise in machine learning,” said Joe Miles, managing director of Google Cloud Healthcare and Life Sciences.

Financial terms of the collaboration were not disclosed.