MALAYSIA’S advanced medical informatics company iGene Sdn Bhd recently signed a Memorandum of Collaboration with GSC Agile Australia to establish a network of digital autopsy facilities in Australia.
This marks an expansion of iGene’s Go Global Strategy following the launch of a similar network of facilities in the UK.
The signing ceremony was witnessed by Malaysia External Trade Development Corporation (Matrade) deputy chief executive officer Datuk Susila Devi.
The UK venture has created a huge interest across the world and this had led to the signing of Memorandum of Collaboration with GCS Agile of Australia.
The relationship will also explore a possible partnership for New Zealand.
“We are honoured that Datuk Susila Devi is here to witness the launch of our collaboration to explore and establish a network of Digital Autopsy Facilities for Australia.
“Digital Autopsy is more than just a technological innovation; we believe it represents a tremendous humanitarian step forward in establishing the cause of unnatural death in a humane manner,” said iGene chief executive officer Matt Chandran.
GCS Agile founder and chief executive officer Gerry Carcour said they were excited by the opportunity to collaborate with iGene.
“This will accelerate our mission of dramatic social and economic impact by leveraging big data and to achieve our vision of a world of perfect data where you can predict the future and optimise decisions on the edge.
“Specifically, digital autopsies will revolutionise the forensic, medico-legal and educational sectors for the benefit of society,” he said.
The collaboration aims to serve the current coronial cases with the aim of increasing operational efficiency and set a new standard of performance in the provision of crime scene investigation (CSI) and post-mortem services, totalling approximately 15,500 cases per year.
Ultimately, it will extend to cover the digitisation of all deaths in Australia, currently at about 150,000 annually, providing an invaluable national medical record for the purposes of preventative health and education, and driving the Australian Government innovation agenda including job creation.
“I am proud of iGene’s achievement,” Susila said.
“Our chief executive officer has known about the company since its early venture in the Middle East.
“The company has achieved tremendous brand recognition around the world for its groundbreaking innovation.
“Indeed, this made-in-Malaysia technology is a milestone for innovation in Malaysia,” she said.
The digital autopsy services are much faster, non-invasive and compliant with international standards.
Digital Autopsy involves a three-dimensional scan of the body using a CT scanner, before iGene’s revolutionary visualisation software enables the pathologist to conduct a full, non-invasive digital post-mortem, with the results being available shortly after.