Densitas Software Wins Procurement For DIMASOS Breast Screening Trial In Germany

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Announcing our densitas densityai™ software will be deployed in up to 24 clinics throughout Germany as part of a procurement for a major breast cancer screening trial.

Our software will be used to provide breast density measurements at point of care to identify women for supplemental breast cancer screening as part of the DIMASOS 2 Trial.The announcement highlights not just the importance to this trial of the software’s unique ability to process prior ‘for presentation’ mammograms from a wide range of scanner vendors, but to any practical clinical deployment.

What is the objective of the trial?

The trial will aim to establish whether combined mammography and ultrasound exams can improve early breast cancer detection. It will also explore if this can be done feasibly and cost-effectively in standard screening workflow.

Who is leading the trial?

The trial will be led by Prof. Dr. Sylvia H. Heywang-Köbrunner, M.D., Head of Referenzzentrum Mammographie München, internationally recognized for her pioneering work in contrast-enhanced breast MRI and modern biopsy procedures.

She will be using densitas densityai™ breast density measures to establish a supplemental ultrasound screening protocol in the DIMASOS 2 trial.

When asked about the trial, Dr. Heywang-Köbrunner said:

“Women with dense breasts are subject to the masking effect of mammographic density and its association with breast cancer risk. The objective of the DIMASOS 2 trial is to test whether combined mammography/ultrasound exams can improve early cancer detection and if this can feasibly and cost effectively be done in routine screening workflow.

The unique ability of the Densitas® software to analyze prior ‘for presentation’ mammograms from a wide range of mammography scanner vendor models is pivotal to this trial and is important for any practical clinical deployment.” 

What is our densitas densityai™ software used for?

Our densitas densityai™ software delivers fully automated, standardized, and reproducible breast density assessments from standard DICOM clinical use mammograms.

Results from densitas densityai™ are generated by two distinct algorithms that decouple the breast density assessment into quantitative and qualitative scales in alignment with the ACR BI-RADS 4th and 5th edition density classification system.

These results can be incorporated into breast cancer risk models to provide standardized and reproducible patient-specific risk estimates.

Mo Abdolell, CEO of Densitas, had this to say about the procurement:

“Being selected as the vendor of choice to provide automated breast density assessment for the DIMASOS 2 Trial attests to our modern AI-driven technology superseding dated breast density algorithms developed prior to the introduction of the ACR BI-RADS 5th ed. density scale in 2013.

Densitas densityai™ processes the same clinical use images that radiologists examine, setting it apart by enabling seamless PACS-centric integrations and retrospective auditing capabilities of routinely archived exams. This makes it an ideal fit for the DIMASOS 2 trial.

More broadly this also simplifies clinical deployments, and is more cost effective and deeply integrated into radiologist reporting workflows with key applications and platforms that include Nuance PowerScribe One and PowerScribe 360 Reporting, The Nuance AI Marketplace, Blackford Platform and Curated Marketplace,  Ikonopedia structured breast reporting and tracking software, TeraRecon’s AI interoperability platform, EnvoyAI, and Three Palm Software’s WorkstationOne.”

Get in touch with our team

Interested in learning more about how our suite of solutions for digital mammography  is helping move the needle in breast cancer screening?

Schedule a demo with a member of our sales team to get a tailored walkthrough of our entire suite of solutions offered as part of the densitasai™ platform.

ENTREVESTOR: IMV Inc. entering a crucial phase in late 2019

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IMV Inc., the Dartmouth company developing a delivery platform for immunotherapy drugs, is entering a critical phase of its 16-year history as it will soon learn the results of key Phase 2 clinical trials.

The company is conducting a range of Phase 2 trials for its flagship drug candidate DPX-Survivac, including tests in partnership with the multi-national pharma company Merck & Co. The results of these Phase 2 trials — which establish efficacy, or whether a drug does what its maker says it does – should be known by the end of this year.

If the results are positive, the company will have some key decisions to make in the next year. Should it bring Survivac to market with a partner or on its own? Could it sell Survivac and focus on the development of other drug candidates? Could the whole company be sold? Whatever the outcome, IMV is approaching the juncture that attracted investors when the company launched in 2003.

“Most of the clinical results will be in by the end of the year,” said CEO Frederic Ors in an interview last week. “So in the second half of this year or the first half of 2020, we have really got to think what is the best way forward for the company.”

Developed from a Dalhousie University experiment to deliver birth control to seals on Sable Island, DPX-Survivac uses the body’s immune system to battle diseases by delivering doses of medication over a prolonged period. Often working as a delivery platform for other drugs, Survivac locates Survivin, a substance found in the outer layer of cancer tumors, then attacks the tumors repeatedly.

The most important trials are those into the drugs’ impact on ovarian cancer, an especially lethal affliction, and Ors said the company hopes the drug will be effective in prolonging the lives of people suffering with hard-to-treat forms of cancer.

“It’s one thing to be able to stop cancer but what’s important is how long you are able to maintain that,” said Ors. “In ovarian cancer, we have one patient who has been treated with DPX-Survivac for three years now.”

In its most recent financial statements, IMV said Survivac has displayed “durable clinical benefit” and “positive new data” during clinical trials, which are taking place in six locations. But nothing is certain until it announces the trial results.

In terms of what decisions the company could reach once the results are known, Ors noted that IMV shares are listed not only in Toronto but also on the Nasdaq exchange in New York. That positions the company in theory to raise enough capital to bring the drug to market on its own.

A dark cloud hovering over the IMV story is the experience of American immunotherapy company Incyte Corp., which had partnered with Merck for trials of its drug Epacadostat. In April 2018, Incyte announced trials showed Epacadostat did not help melanoma patients, hammering the stock of all immunotherapy companies, including IMV.

IMV shares closed Thursday down 2.7 percent at $3.97, meaning they have 44 percent of their value in the past year.

Yet IMV has been able to raise capital. In March, it raised $29.5 million by selling shares to investors, and Ors said IMV now has enough capital to last through 2020.

Though its shares have been on a rollercoaster ride the past three years, IMV as an organization has continued to grow, and now employs 64 people. One highlight of this is that three-quarters of its staff are female, and women make up half of its management team. Ors said he feels good about the company as he awaits the clinical trial results.

“It’s a good thing to be here,” he said. “A lot of companies actually never get the chance to be in this stage of development. We feel very strong about our pipeline and that it has a high chance to succeed.”

Mallinckrodt Agrees to Sell BioVectra Inc. to H.I.G. Capital for $250 Million

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— Transaction continues to advance Mallinckrodt’s strategic focus on branded biopharmaceuticals by monetizing a non-core business —
— H.I.G. Capital to support BioVectra leadership and its attractive growth plan —

STAINES-UPON-THAMES, United Kingdom and MIAMI – Sept. 10, 2019 – Mallinckrodt plc (NYSE: MNK), a global biopharmaceutical company, today announced it has entered into a definitive agreement to sell its wholly owned subsidiary BioVectra Inc. to an affiliate of H.I.G. Capital, a leading global private equity investment firm, for approximately $250 million, including fixed consideration of $175 million, comprised of an upfront payment of $135 million and a long-term note for $40 million, and contingent payments of up to $75 million, enabling Mallinckrodt to capture future BioVectra growth potential.

BioVectra is a contract development and manufacturing organization (CDMO) whose global client base includes many of the top biopharmaceutical companies in the world. The company has a unique mix of capabilities, with core growth engines in complex chemistry, biologics and drug development. BioVectra will continue to supply an active pharmaceutical ingredient supporting Mallinckrodt’s specialty brands business under a long-term arrangement. The transaction is anticipated to include all of BioVectra’s sites in Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia, Canada, as well as its employee base.

“This transaction continues to advance Mallinckrodt’s strategic focus on branded, high-growth biopharmaceuticals by monetizing a non-core business,” said Mark Trudeau, President and Chief Executive Officer of Mallinckrodt. “While we recognize the longer-term growth potential for BioVectra, we believe that the structure of this deal enables us to participate in the future success of the business, and therefore we see this sale as the best option for both Mallinckrodt and BioVectra moving forward.”

“We are excited to support BioVectra’s exceptional leadership and highly dedicated employees,” said Mike Gallagher, Managing Director at H.I.G. Capital. “BioVectra demonstrates a tremendous ability to generate robust organic growth and utilizes a broad set of technical capabilities to deliver outstanding service and quality. They are completing major capital expenditure programs to significantly expand capacity and the company is well positioned to capitalize on growing demand for their services.”

The transaction is expected to close in the fourth quarter of 2019, subject to customary closing conditions. It is not anticipated that the sale will have any material tax impact to Mallinckrodt. The company intends to use the proceeds from this divestiture consistent with its previously disclosed capital allocation priorities.

Goldman Sachs & Co. LLC served as financial advisor and Latham & Watkins LLP served as legal advisor to Mallinckrodt in connection with the transaction.

Wells Fargo Securities LLC served as financial advisor and McDermott Will & Emery LLP served as legal advisor to H.I.G. Capital.

About BioVectra

BioVectra is a CDMO that serves global pharmaceutical and biotech companies with full-service cGMP outsourcing solutions for intermediates and active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs). An innovative and reliable service partner with a strong regulatory history, BioVectra has over 45 years of experience specializing in:

  • cGMP microbial fermentation
  • Complex chemistry – high potency APIs
  • Biologics
  • Formulation development

For more information about BioVectra, please visit

About Mallinckrodt

Mallinckrodt is a global business consisting of multiple wholly owned subsidiaries that develop, manufacture, market and distribute specialty pharmaceutical products and therapies. The company’s Specialty Brands reportable segment’s areas of focus include autoimmune and rare diseases in specialty areas like neurology, rheumatology, nephrology, pulmonology and ophthalmology; immunotherapy and neonatal respiratory critical care therapies; analgesics and gastrointestinal products. Its Specialty Generics reportable segment includes specialty generic drugs and active pharmaceutical ingredients. To learn more about Mallinckrodt, visit

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About H.I.G. Capital
H.I.G. is a leading global private equity and alternative assets investment firm with more than $34 billion of equity capital under management.* Based in Miami, and with offices in New York, Boston, Chicago, Dallas, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and Atlanta in the U.S., as well as international affiliate offices in London, Hamburg, Madrid, Milan, Paris, Bogotá, Rio de Janeiro and São Paulo, H.I.G. specializes in providing both debt and equity capital to small and mid-sized companies, utilizing a flexible and operationally focused/value-added approach:

  1. I.G.’s equity funds invest in management buyouts, recapitalizations and corporate carve-outs of both profitable as well as underperforming manufacturing and service businesses.
  2. I.G.’s debt funds invest in senior, unitranche and junior debt financing to companies across the size spectrum, both on a primary (direct origination) basis, as well as in the secondary markets. H.I.G. is also a leading CLO manager, through its WhiteHorse family of vehicles, and manages a publicly traded BDC, WhiteHorse Finance.
  3. I.G.’s real estate funds invest in value-added properties, which can benefit from improved asset management practices.

Since its founding in 1993, H.I.G. has invested in and managed more than 300 companies worldwide. The firm’s current portfolio includes more than 100 companies with combined sales in excess of $30 billion. For more information, please refer to the H.I.G. website at

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These and other factors are identified and described in more detail in the “Risk Factors” section of Mallinckrodt’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended December 28, 2018. The forward-looking statements made herein speak only as of the date hereof and Mallinckrodt does not assume any obligation to update or revise any forward-looking statement, whether as a result of new information, future events and developments or otherwise, except as required by law.


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IMV Announces Research Collaboration with The Wistar Institute to Develop New Targeted Immunotherapy Against the Common BRAF Cancer Mutation

September 4, 2019 at 7:05 AM EDT

DARTMOUTH, Nova Scotia–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Sep. 4, 2019– IMV Inc. (Nasdaq: IMV; TSX: IMV), a clinical-stage immuno-oncology company, today announced a collaboration with The Wistar Institute and Meenhard Herlyn, D.V.M., D.Sc., professor in the Molecular and Cellular Oncogenesis Program and director of Wistar’s Melanoma Research Center.

Under this collaboration, IMV and The Wistar Institute will partner to develop a targeted T cell therapy against the common BRAF cancer mutation, based on peptides identified by the Herlyn lab. Mutations in this gene are the most frequently identified cancer-causing mutations in melanoma and have been identified in various other cancers, including non-Hodgkin lymphoma, colorectal cancer, thyroid cancer, and non-small cell lung and ovarian carcinomas1.

“We are pleased to initiate this collaboration with The Wistar Institute, a world leader in biomedical research and early-stage discovery science with highly relevant expertise to our shared goals in the development of novel treatments for cancer. In particular, Dr. Herlyn has transformed the scientific understanding of stem cells as they relate to cancer and his work in melanoma serves as the basis for numerous therapies now in clinical trials or recently approved,” said Frederic Ors, IMV’s Chief Executive Officer. “We believe that cancer-driving mutations, like BRAF, which are directly involved in malignant processes and do not easily escape the immune system, represent an exciting new avenue for targeted T cell therapies. We look forward to working with Dr. Herlyn and his team, leveraging our DPX platform to explore the therapeutic potential of this target in melanoma and other cancers.”

“Small-molecule inhibitors of BRAF have shown to be very effective targeted cancer therapies, but with limited long-term benefit due to the onset of therapy resistance. Alternative strategies with emerging therapeutic approaches are needed for the successful long-term treatment of cancers with the BRAF mutation,” said Dr. Herlyn. “Immunotherapy could provide a more effective mechanism to target these mutations and we are excited to collaborate with IMV, as its DPX technology enables us to develop targeted T cell therapies aimed at BRAF to test and validate this important hypothesis.”

The project scope includes optimizing the DPX formulation with the BRAF peptides and testing the investigational T cell therapy in the pioneering pre-clinical research models at Wistar. As part of the collaboration agreement, IMV holds an exclusive option to in-license intellectual property related to the program.

About IMV

IMV Inc. is a clinical stage biopharmaceutical company dedicated to making immunotherapy more effective, more broadly applicable, and more widely available to people facing cancer and other serious diseases. IMV is pioneering a new class of immunotherapies based on the Company’s proprietary drug delivery platform. This patented technology leverages a novel mechanism of action that enables the programming of immune cells in vivo, which are aimed at generating powerful new synthetic therapeutic capabilities. IMV’s lead candidate, DPX-Survivac, is a T cell-activating immunotherapy that combines the utility of the platform with a target: survivin. IMV is currently assessing DPX-Survivac as a monotherapy in advanced ovarian cancer, as well as a combination therapy in multiple clinical studies with Merck. Connect at

About The Wistar Institute

The Wistar Institute is an international leader in biomedical research with special expertise in cancer, immunology, infectious disease research, and vaccine development. Founded in 1892 as the first independent nonprofit biomedical research institute in the United States, Wistar has held the prestigious Cancer Center designation from the National Cancer Institute since 1972. The Institute works actively to ensure that research advances move from the laboratory to the clinic as quickly as possible. Wistar’s Business Development team is dedicated to advancing Wistar science and technology development through creative partnerships.

IMV Forward-Looking Statements

This press release contains forward-looking information under applicable securities law. All information that addresses activities or developments that we expect to occur in the future is forward-looking information. Forward-looking statements are based on the estimates and opinions of management on the date the statements are made. In the press release, such forward-looking statements include, but are not limited to, statements regarding the FDA potentially granting accelerated regulatory approval of DPX-Survivac. However, they should not be regarded as a representation that any of the plans will be achieved. Actual results may differ materially from those set forth in this press release due to risks affecting the Corporation, including access to capital, the successful design and completion of clinical trials and the receipt and timely receipt of all regulatory approvals. IMV Inc. assumes no responsibility to update forward-looking statements in this press release except as required by law. These forward-looking statements involve known and unknown risks and uncertainties and those risks and uncertainties include, but are not limited to, our ability to access capital, the successful and timely completion of clinical trials, the receipt of all regulatory approvals and other risks detailed from time to time in our ongoing quarterly filings and annual information form Investors are cautioned not to rely on these forward-looking statements and are encouraged to read IMV’s continuous disclosure documents, including its current annual information form, as well as its audited annual consolidated financial statements which are available on SEDAR at and on EDGAR at

ACOA NEWS RELEASE: Panag Pharma providing effective, non-addictive plant-based pain management

Halifax biotech company developing safe, cutting-edge products to ease chronic pain, inflammation

July 11, 2019 – Halifax, NS – Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
Innovative new treatments for pain management improve the daily lives of Canadians. Panag Pharma Inc. is developing a line of plant-based remedies to fight chronic pain and inflammation, helping people enjoy a better quality of life, and growing Atlantic Canada’s life sciences sector.

The Halifax biotechnology company is creating a family of both over-the-counter and prescription cannabinoid-based products that provide safe, effective, non-addictive pain management. The treatments act directly on the pain receptors in the body and are used for wound healing, treating irritated skin and relieving cold sores, among other applications. Unique in the world, these natural medications enable the company to create highly skilled jobs and position it well for future growth.

Today, Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax, on behalf of the Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development and Minister responsible for the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency (ACOA), announced support for Panag Pharma Inc. as it develops and commercializes its innovative products.

The Government of Canada is making smart investments that will create good, highly skilled jobs in our country. It is helping small and medium-sized businesses to start-up, expand or modernize and supporting not-for-profit industry organizations to fuel business growth. Support for this project is one way the Government of Canada is working to achieve its Atlantic Growth Strategy outcome of long-term economic prosperity in the region.

“Innovation that focuses on the commercialization of research to improve the quality of people’s lives can have far-reaching global impacts. That is why the Government of Canada is committed to projects such as this one that showcase the best of what Atlantic Canada offers, providing quality bio-innovations that attract investment and talent and advance regional economic prosperity.”
– The Honourable Navdeep Bains, Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development, and Minister responsible for ACOA

“When a local organization develops groundbreaking solutions to treat problems like chronic pain, it not only improves the daily lives of Canadians, but also bolsters development of the life science sector in the region. The Government of Canada is proud to support local businesses like Panag Pharma that spur economic growth, create highly skilled jobs and make the world a better, and less painful, place.”
– Andy Fillmore, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Canadian Heritage and Multiculturalism and Member of Parliament for Halifax

“We are extremely pleased to have the support of the ACOA. This contribution clearly underlines the confidence the Agency has in our strategic direction to further grow our business and to our commitment to the Province of Nova Scotia and Atlantic Canada. Our management and employees are grateful for the opportunities this financing presents.”
– Chris MacLean, Chief Operating Officer, Panag Pharma Inc

“Today’s announcement reminds me of the expression that it takes a village. With the ingenuity and innovation of our life sciences group Panag, the marketing expertise of Tetra Natural Health, the licensing skills of Tetra Bio-Pharma, assistance with facilities from Dalhousie University and the generosity and confidence of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency, we are able to showcase what collaboration can accomplish and it is something we should all be justifiably proud of.”
– Dr. Bill Cheliak, Chairman of the Board of Directors of Tetra Bio-Pharma Inc.

Quick Facts
 Panag Pharma is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ontario’s Tetra Bio-Pharma. The Panag Pharma team of PhD scientists and medical doctors are leading researchers and clinicians in the area of pain treatment and management. They bring a combined experience of more than 100 years in research and clinical care of people dealing with chronic pain and inflammatory conditions.
 Panag Pharma Inc. plans to produce AWAYE™, a topical over-the-counter medication for the temporary relief of aches and pains of muscles and joints associated with one or more of strains/sprains involving muscles, tendons, and/or ligaments, arthritis, simple backache and/or lumbago. The product, which is manufactured in New Brunswick, is already Health Canada approved and has a Natural Product Number. It is currently undergoing clinical trials and will be available through online distribution, over the counter in pharmacies, and by prescription.  Other treatments for cold sores, hemorrhoids, interstitial cystitis and corneal ulcers are in development.
 The Government of Canada is providing a repayable contribution of $500,000 to Panag Pharma Inc. through ACOA’s Business Development Program.
 The BDP primarily assists Atlantic Canadian entrepreneurs who want to start a business, increase productivity or improve operations. Investments under the BDP address any gap that may arise if an application does not fit within ACOA’s Regional Economic Growth through Innovation (REGI) program.
 The Business Development Program continues to build on the objectives of Innovation and Skills Plan, a multi-year strategy to create well-paying jobs for the middle class and those working hard to join it.

Chris Brooks
Director, Communications and Outreach
Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency
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Chris MacLean
Chief Operating Officer
Panag Pharma Inc.
902-499-6959 (cell)
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Vice-President, Healthcare
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Entrevestor: Motryx Wins $100K Women’s Fund Grant

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Halifax-based Motryx, which produces sensors that monitor the storage conditions of blood samples during transport, has been awarded a $97,500 grant from the federally funded Women Entrepreneurship Strategy.

CEO Franziska Broell, who holds a PhD in oceanography from Dalhousie University, said in an interview that the money will go toward integrating GPS support into the Motryx sensors by the end of this year—a feature that several laboratories have expressed interest in.

“It’s a key part of the solution that we need to develop in order to be able to access that big private lab market in the U.S.,” said Broell. “It’s going to be integral to [scaling the business].”

The Women Entrepreneurship Strategy is a $2 billion, federally funded program that aims to double the number of women-owned businesses in Canada by 2025. Businesses with female CEOs, more than 50 percent female ownership or more than 50 percent female employees are eligible for funding from the program. Motryx meets all three criteria.

“Our government believes that women’s economic empowerment is not just the right thing to do; it’s good for the bottom line,” said Minister of Small Business and Export Promotion Mary Ng in a press release. “It’s a smart investment with an economic and social return.”

Founded in 2014 as Maritime BioLoggers, Motryx originally intended to manufacture tracking tags for marine life. The company pivoted to monitoring blood samples in late 2018 because the marine trackers had to be customized for each new organism, which was going to make the business difficult to scale.