Press Release - A Belgian technology used internationally in the fight against coronavirus

27/04/2020 | Frédéric Lambrechts | comments

Covid-19 knows no borders. Neither does the technology developed by Osimis. The software and user interfaces developed by the start-up from Liège, Belgium allow super-fast, secure and remote sharing of medical images between hospitals and experts, wherever they are based and whichever equipment they work on. This technology, today used around the globe, allows gains in efficiency and speed that are precious in the diagnosis and treatment of Covid-19.

A Belgian piece of innovation at the service of healthcare

At the core of the solution developed by Osimis is Orthanc, an open-source server – already downloaded more than 300.000 times in about 200 countries – born from a double analysis : hospitals increasingly use medical imaging but suffer from their important dependency on classic equipment manufacturers. This makes image sharing slow, complex and costly.

Accessible from any location via an internet connection, and without any restriction regarding the imaging servers used, Orthanc and the user interfaces developed specially by Osimis for medical practitioners allow secure remote image analysis as well as faster and easier information sharing between experts from different hospitals.

Osimis, the first spin-off the University hospital of Liège, has been founded less than 5 years ago to develop services around this breakthrough technology. This development allows the company to help tens of hospitals around the world in their fight against Covid-19.

Frédéric Lambrechts, Osimis CEO, said : “Our objective is to help doctors and patients in their care pathway. Today more than ever our mission makes sense. We are very proud to offer a technology and platforms that allow to fight more efficiently against Covid-19 by winning precious time for diagnosis, and thus for treatment.”

A technology with international recognition

Developed by Sébastien Jodogne, now Chief Science Officer at Osimis, Orthanc has been awarded the Free Software Foundation prize in 2015, delivered in the prestigious MIT in Boston, as well as the e-Health best project prize by Agoria in Belgium.

Numerous hospitals across the world now use this innovative technology. In Belgium, the University Hospital of Liège, of course, but also the Jules Bordet Institute, the Saint-Pierre Ottignies Clinic, the CHR Citadelle, the CHC, Erasme Hospital, University Hospital Saint-Pierre, … have trusted Osimis. In Brazil, the technology of the Belgian startup covers no less than 50 hospitals. Its success does not stop there, as the technology also exports to the United States, China, Germany, France… Next to hospitals, the startup also has amongst its clients Google, General Electric and IBA, the leader in proton therapy, who ordered modifications in Orthanc to integrate it in their industrial processes. Nvidia, the specialist in cloud bourn processing, has also announced an intensive use of Orthanc within its artificial intelligence platform.

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About Osimis

Founded in 2015 as the first spin-off of the University Hospital of Liège, Osimis is a pioneer in medical imaging software, offering solutions and services to improve interoperability between actors in the clinical field and medical research. Based in the WSL incubator in Liège, the company employs 12 persons with a turnover of EUR 0.5 million. Based on the worldwide success of Orthanc, Osimis offers ergonomic and efficient solutions to the medical imaging professionals. To fasten the development and international growth of its platform, Osimis has raised 2.3M EUR in 2019 from different investors, including S.R.I.W., Noshaq et BeAngel.

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Frédéric Lambrechts

A man for whom 24 hours in the day would just be enough, if he could go without sleep. He has a seemingly endless stream of ideas and prides himself on always being on top of everything going on in his company. Frederic used to work as a boring banking consultant until divine inspiration sentenced him to a life of penal servitude to the medical imaging business. But that was just after he learnt the dirty tricks of full stack coding during an excellent 2-month bootcamp.