NVIDIA boosts medical imaging AI startups with ‘Inception’ drive

NVIDIA and its healthcare industry partners have launched the Inception Alliance for Healthcare, an initiative where medical AI startups have new opportunities to adapt innovations.

Renee Yao, who leads NVIDIA’s global healthcare AI startups team, said premier members of NVIDIA Inception — their accelerator program for more than 6,500 startups across 90 countries in AI and data sciences, can now join the GE Healthcare Edison Developer Program. 

Through integration with the GE Healthcare Edison Platform, these startups gain access to GE Healthcare’s global network to scale clinical and commercial activities within their expansive install base of 4 million imaging, mobile diagnostics and monitoring units across 160 countries with 230 million exams and associated data.

Also, premier members with FDA clearance can join the Nuance AI Marketplace for Diagnostic Imaging, which brings AI into the radiology workflow by connecting developers directly with radiology subscribers. 

This marketplace platform offers AI developers a single API to connect their AI solutions to radiologists across 8,000 healthcare facilities that use the Nuance PowerShare Network. And it gives radiology subscribers a one-stop shop to review, try, validate and buy AI models — bridging the technology divide to make AI useful, usable and used.

With 1,000 healthcare startups signed up, NVIDIA Inception offers its members a variety of ongoing benefits, including go-to-market support, technology assistance and access to NVIDIA expertise — all tailored to a business’s maturity stage.

The NVIDIA Inception Alliance for Healthcare will forge new ways to grow through targeted networking, AI training, early access to technology, pitch competitions and technology integration. 

Members will receive customised training and support to develop, deploy and integrate NVIDIA GPU-accelerated apps everywhere within the medical imaging ecosystem.

Select startup members will have direct access to engage joint customers, in addition to marketing promotion of their results. The initiative will kick off with a pitch competition for leading AI startups in medical imaging and related supporting fields.