Technology company Cognetivity, which is developing a cognitive testing platform, has signed a commercial agreement with Dementias Platform UK (DPUK) to become its ninth industry partner.
The company will join DPUK’s exiting partners which include researchers from academia and industry. Other partners include biopharmaceutical companies AstraZeneca, GlaxoSmithKline and Janssen and eleven leading academic institutions which include Cambridge University, University of Oxford, Imperial College London and University College London.
Professor John Gallacher, Director of DPUK, said: “At DPUK we have brought together the people, organisations and institutions which collectively have the power to tackle dementia. We believe Cognetivity is a new, key player in this group and by allowing our research partners to utilise its exciting technology in their studies and combine the sensitive data it is able to provide on subjects’ cognitive performance with existing research data, we believe great strides can be made towards our ultimate goal of tackling this global challenge.”
Cognetivity’s proprietary Integrated Cognitive Assessment (ICA) testing platform will be one of the cognitive testing tools that are made available by DPUK to studies involving its cohorts – over 2 million individuals from over 50 long-term studies of health. The ICA can provide precise, sensitive measurements of subjects’ ability to process visual information, and is unaffected by subjects’ culture, language and shows no learning effect, allowing it to be continuously used to chart cognition, either at a subject’s home or in the clinic. The ICA allows detailed measurement of cognitive performance by testing different areas of the brain to standard cognitive tests, allowing measurement of small changes in cognition in the important but poorly understood pre-symptom phase of dementia.
Cognetivity CEO, Dr. Sina Habibi said: “Being appointed as an industry partner is powerful validation of our scientific approach and our platform’s capabilities, and recognition of the important role our ICA test can play at the forefront of dementia research. Within DPUK there are incredible cohort studies providing a massive breadth of data which is being made available through the DPUK data portal, and which can help to train our next generation of AI algorithms. The inclusion of our highly sensitive test in the types of cutting-edge cohort studies being carried out investigating the relationship between the biology behind disease progression and cognition, positions Cognetivity’s ICA test as an important component of research into new treatments and drug development.
“Working alongside pharmaceutical industry partners such as GlaxoSmithKline, AstraZenica and Janssen, as well as academic institutions such as Oxford, Cambridge and UCL, Cognetivity is part of the future of dementia research and the development of the next generation of approaches to address these diseases.”