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Joining Canada and Taiwan Medical Domain Expertise on Fighting Against Colorectal Cancer

Updated: Dec 9, 2020

Colorectal cancer is the third most commonly diagnosed cancer and the fourth leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the world. It is expected to increase by 60% to more than 2.2 million new cases by 2030.

GenerationsE partnered with BC Cancer on cancer biopsy slide image analysis since November 2017. We released DeepScene™ 1.0, a pathologist diagnostic assistance solution on automating colorectal cancer biopsy slide detection in March 2019. Through the Canadian Trade Office in Taipei (CTOT) introduction, GenerationsE partnered with Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) Hospital on DeepScene™ clinical study in April 2019.

Dr. Jaw-Yuan Wang, Vice Superintendent of KMU Hospital, is a renowned gastrointestinal (GI) surgeon and also Chairman of the Society of Colon and Rectal Surgeons in Taiwan. He led a team of GI Surgeons and Pathologists from KMU Hospital to visit BC Cancer and St. Paul’s Hospital regarding DeepScene™ clinical study progress sharing and colorectal cancer research collaboration potentials between Taiwan and Canada. Dr. Aly Karsan, the distinguished scientist at BC Cancer, Dr. Carl Brown, the Head of the Division of General Surgery at St. Paul’s Hospital and Chair of the Section of Colorectal Surgery at the University of British Columbia, and Dr. Blair Walker, the senior pathologist at St. Paul’s Hospital joined the meeting and discussed what they could do together on fighting against colorectal cancer with the latest technologies.  

Kaohsiung Medical University (KMU) Hospital was established in 1957 and it was the first university hospital affiliated to a private medical college in Taiwan. Over more than 60 years of expansion, it has four affiliated hospitals, including a medical centre, regional hospitals, and municipal hospitals with a total of 1704 beds. It is considered a critical heartland for medical care and education on serving residents in the southern part of Taiwan.

BC Cancer, which then was known as the British Columbia Cancer Institute, is the first cancer treatment centre officially opened in Vancouver in 1938. It provides a comprehensive cancer control program for the people of BC in partnership with regional health authorities.

St. Paul’s Hospital was founded in 1894 and is the oldest of the seven health care facilities operated by Providence Health Care. It is one of the teaching hospitals of the University of British Columbia Faculty of Medicine. It has the GI clinic and performs over 9000 standard and specialized procedures each year. 

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