Siemens forms new partnership with Ohio State

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Siemens Healthineers has signed a new five-year strategic partnership agreement with Ohio State Wexner Medical Center geared around personalized medicine.

Under the deal, Siemens and its Varian radiation therapy division will outfit an upcoming expansion of the Ohio State University Comprehensive Cancer Center - Arthur G. James Cancer Hospital and Richard J. Solove Research Institute (OSUCC - James) with imaging and treatment technology.

Scheduled to open in 2023, the new outpatient center will be furnished with Siemens' Artis Q Ceiling interventional radiology system, as well as Varian's ProBeam 360° proton therapy and Edge radiosurgery systems. The west campus facility will also receive the vendor's Biograph Vision 600 PET system and Somatom Drive and Force dual-source CT scanners.

Furthermore, Siemens will be providing equipment to Ohio State's new inpatient hospital, which is scheduled to open in 2026. Three other outpatient facilities in the state in New Albany, Dublin, and Powell will also benefit from the new partnership, which expands on a nearly decade-long relationship between Siemens and OSUCC - James.

The new collaboration also includes a research component. For example, Siemens and OSUCC - James researchers will explore opportunities in radiation dosimetric contouring algorithms for providing tailored results for individual patients. As one potential objective, the researchers will seek to develop a platform that combines artificial intelligence (AI) with clinical, imaging, and pathology data to drive pathways of care in nearly real time, Siemens said.

In other initiatives, Siemens and OSUCC - James are seeking to expand patient access by co-developing advanced cardiac imaging methods for Siemens' Magnetom Free.Max midfield, open-bore scanner. The organizations will also pursue efforts involving vascular robotics by deploying the Corindus CorPath GRX system.

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