$10,000 Innovation Challenge Prize awarded to Dr. Fabien Beckers, of Arterys; Medical Imaging Cloud Platform

Accepting the award on behalf of Arterys is Julia Geer shown with SIIM Chair Dr. Paul Nagy (left),
and Innovation Challenge Co-Chair Dr. Ram Chadalavada (right)

Leesburg, VA — July 17, 2017 — During the SIIM 2017 general closing session held in Pittsburgh, PA, Dr. Fabien Beckers, CEO, and Founder of Arterys, and his team, were awarded the $10,000 Innovation Challenge grand prize for the project, Intelligent Imaging Platform Supporting Translational Research and New Product Creation. The project addresses the need for simple, comprehensive, quantitative, and repeatable imaging that demonstrates the power of cloud medical imaging analytics to enable big data and precision diagnostics in the areas of oncology, cardiology, and neurodegenerative diseases.

Arterys’ plan is to create a cloud platform to both aggregate data and deliver accurate, advanced analytics that will help quantify images in a far more consistent fashion, all while ensuring PHI is protected.  Access to SIIM was considered critical for the acceleration of growth and expansion into new partnerships that can augment the value they create.

“The SIIM innovation challenge exposed us to the top thought leaders in the space, and gave us a lot of visibility with potential partners and customers. The experience of meeting other entrepreneurs doing interesting work was also a highlight of the experience.” ~ Carla Leibowitz, Head of Strategy and Marketing

The SIIM Innovation Challenge provides a $10,000 prize to support innovation, exploration, and development of solutions that will help shape the present and future of imaging informatics. Ideas for software, apps, hardware, or other informatics technologies that solve a specific challenge in imaging informatics were submitted. The Arterys project was one of seven semi-finalist projects featured in the Science and Innovation Pavilion throughout the SIIM 2017 Annual Meeting. Arterys was selected as one of four finalists who pitched their projects to a panel of judges representing the fields of clinical medicine, informatics, business, and finance.

Arterys will use the $10K award on curating datasets to build new algorithms. Two key factors in developing accurate, useful artificial intelligence tools is having datasets that are representative of the range of scans the product will encounter; images from different scanners in different settings, that are also well-curated, ideally with two or more annotators who are highly experienced in the space. The Arterys team will present their progress to the SIIM Board of Directors and the 2018 Innovation Challenge Committee in six months, and report on the project at the SIIM 2018 Annual Meeting, May 31 – Jun 2, 2018, at the Gaylord Resort and Convention Center, National Harbor, MD.


About SIIM

The Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine represents more than 2000 healthcare professionals with interest in enterprise information and image management. SIIM is a not-for-profit organization focused on education, clinical practices, research, and innovation in the field of imaging informatics. The society is committed to actively contributing to the development and advancement of imaging informatics professionals and scientists worldwide and to improving the quality, safety, and efficiency of healthcare.


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Society for Imaging Informatics in Medicine (SIIM)
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Publish date

Jul 18, 2017


  • Annual Meeting

Media Type

  • Press Release

Audience Type

  • Clinician
  • Developer
  • Imaging IT
  • Researcher/Scientist


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