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Hyperfine to expand reach to UK and Pakistan

by John R. Fischer, Senior Reporter | October 06, 2021
Business Affairs European News MRI
Hyperfine is expanding its business and portable MR imaging platform to the U.K. and Pakistan
Hyperfine is bringing its portable MR imaging system, Swoop, to European and Southern Asian shores with company expansions planned in the U.K. and Pakistan.

The U.K. and Pakistan are part of Hyperfine's plan to expand to four additional countries within the next six months. It will attend several upcoming conferences in both to generate awareness and interest for the platform. Helping it in Pakistan is Medequips, a company that provides hospitals and clinics with diagnostic imaging equipment and has agreed to market, distribute and sell the Swoop system there.

Swoop is designed to be wheeled to patient bedsides in hospitals, clinics and other settings outside of conventional MR suites to assess brain tissue in real time and help physicians make quick and informed clinical decisions. Its portability enables imaging of patients that are difficult to move to fixed MR scanners.

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“Expansion to the U.K. and Pakistan is a milestone moment and tremendous opportunity as we step forward to meet the global demand for better imaging access and ultimately drive a more comprehensive and efficient care continuum,” said Dave Scott, Hyperfine president and chief executive officer, in a statement.

Heading British operations will be Dr. Yossi Cohen as Hyperfine’s U.K. senior medical director. He will oversee clinical operations, commercial operations and regulatory activities related to Swoop installations. Cohen most recently served as physician executive for InterSystems U.K., where he oversaw the implementation of longitudinal care records and EHRs across the NHS, and brings 20 years of multidisciplinary experience in medicine, research, engineering and software development.

Omer Manya will serve as business development partnership manager for the Pakistani region, where he will help boost the adoption of the swoop system. He has spent decades working in research and development in healthcare and other sectors, with his most recent position as IT director of infrastructure and operations at Aga Khan University in Karachi.

Hyperfine recently completed another company milestone this summer when it went public on Nasdaq following a merger with Liminal Sciences and HealthCor Catalio Acquisition Corp. into one company with a total enterprise value of approximately $580 million.

It also just deployed, last month, the Swoop platform at Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center to aid in brain injury diagnoses, making it the first in the state to have the platform. Two of the solutions are now operating in its emergency room and Comprehensive Stroke Center operating room.

Equipped with a .064 Tesla magnet, Swoop has a lower field strength than standard MR systems, which shortens screening protocols and eliminates comprehensive metal detection to speed up scanning and diagnosis. The system scored FDA clearance in 2020 and can be used in pediatrics, intensive care, the ED and urgent care clinics. It can even be used on naval and cruise ships at sea and for sports medicine applications. Additionally, it has a user-friendly, simple interface, can be plugged into a standard outlet and consumes significantly less power.

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