UK Cervical Cancer Diagnostic System Chosen for Pilot Study in India

Cervical Cancer diagnostic device specialist Zilico Ltd. has been selected by the IFC, a member of the World Bank Group, to be part of a unique program across India.

Background

A regular visitor to our pages, Zilico’s portable, handheld device is already being used in hospitals across the UK and other countries. ZedScan™ uses the science of Electrical Impedance Spectroscopy (EIS) to detect the development of pre-cancerous abnormalities of the cervix, providing a more accurate diagnosis in real-time, which assists clinicians with better patient management. In a recent review of over 1500 women referred to an UK colposcopy clinic, the adoption of ZedScan resulted in a significant increase in disease detection and improvements in clinical performance.

TechEmerge is the first programme of its kind that brings together proven technology companies such as Zilico, with leading healthcare providers in emerging markets.

Chosen from 330 innovators across 29 countries, the inaugural program will see the company working with International Oncology Services, with the aim of increasing the early detection of cervical cancer across India and quickly enabling treatment.

It is estimated there are approximately 132,000 new cases diagnosed and 74,000 deaths annually in India, which accounts for nearly a third of the global cervical cancer deaths.

Using ZedScan as an adjunct to the existing colposcopy procedure will help clinicians better manage patients and help avoid unnecessary biopsies, treatments and repeat follow-up appointments.

Colposcopy referrals are also expected to increase dramatically following the introduction of HPV screening and ZedScan can provide a cost-effective means to accommodate this growth.

Company comments

Sameer Kothari, Chief Executive of Zilico Ltd, said: “We are delighted that Zilico has been chosen as one of TechEmerge’s successful matches and look forward to working with International Oncology Services to implement ZedScan and help improve healthcare delivery in India.”

Source: Zilico Ltd.

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