Asep Medical (Asep) has unveiled new artificial intelligence (AI) technology for the rapid detection of infections associated with severe sepsis.

The new method has been developed by Hancock Lab under the supervision of Dr Robert Hancock, Killam Professor at the University of British Columbia in Canada.

The method studies the dysfunctional immune responses in sepsis to detect gene sets that can predict the likelihood of a patient developing severe sepsis.

Asep chair and CEO Dr Hancock said: “We have harnessed AI to obtain practical outcomes in areas of high unmet medical need, including identifying severe sepsis cases.

“Sepsis is a severe disease responsible for one in five deaths worldwide and essentially all deaths from severe Covid-19.

“Typically, a patient arrives in the emergency room feeling profoundly ill, with fairly non-specific symptoms. Physicians are in a “look-and-see” game for the first 24–48 hours.”

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The company is planning a confirmatory clinical study to assess the performance of the Sepsettest on patients with sepsis.

It will be conducted at St. Paul’s Hospital in downtown Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

This trial will be carried out before initiating a larger study to assess the performance of sepsis diagnostic technology called Sepset. It will be compared with the existing sepsis tests to support the filing of a 510(k) submission with the US Food and Drug Administration, with the plan to complete this application process in the first quarter of next year.