IKOSA ISTIX​®​ – KML Vision and Fraunhofer IIS agree on strategic partnership

The Graz-based company KML Vision licenses and distributes IKOSA ISTIX​® – a solution for manual whole slide scanning that was developed by the Fraunhofer Institute for Integrated Circuits IIS. Due to the seamless connection of the software to the platform IKOSA​®​, images of scanned samples can be easily uploaded, shared and automatically analysed with leading edge artificial intelligence.

The software IKOSA ISTIX​® allows for any camera-equipped microscope to be used as a manual whole-slide scanner. In this way, glass slides with samples from fields such as Life Science research, digital pathology or material science can be digitized. The software is based on the technology iSTIX​®​, which was developed by Fraunhofer IIS, and merges the images of the camera’s videostream into a single whole slide image (WSI).

Via the easy to use connection to the platform IKOSA​®​, images can be uploaded to the platform developed by KML Vision with a single click. There, the multi-user environment enables the user to share the images, highlight objects of interest or apply specific automated image analysis applications that are based on recent advances in the field of artificial intelligence. IKOSA​®​ can be either used online or deployed on-premise.

“The partnership with a renowned organisation such as Fraunhofer proves the way we are pursuing,” states co-founder and CEO Michael Mayrhofer-Reinhartshuber, ​“in this way we can provide a practical and cost efficient solution for closing the technology gap and guide our users into the world of digital microscopy.”

The deep-tech company KML Vision GmbH is based in Graz and was founded in 2018. The team of KML Vision has strong expertise in image data management and automated image analysis based on cloud computing and artificial intelligence. For their customers in Life Sciences, Pharma and Healthcare they develop the platform IKOSA​®​. The highly scalable platform enables users to work with big image data in order to support and automate tedious, time-consuming tasks and achieve accurate and reproducible results.

“We are looking forward to the further collaboration with the team of KML Vision”​ , adds Volker Bruns, head of the business unit »Medical Image Analysis and Machine Learning« at Fraunhofer IIS. ​“By connecting iSTIX with the IKOSA platform we can provide a seamless workflow to our users – microscopic imaging, data management, sharing of data and automated analysis.”

Scientists at the medical image processing research group at Fraunhofer IIS in Erlangen, Germany, carry out research in the fields of oncology and endoscopy with a focus on microscopic images. In addition to the development of own products and technologies such as iSTIX​®​, Fraunhofer IIS also carries out contract research and development.


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