“Microsoft, the technology giant, has partnered with Paige, a digital pathology provider, to develop the world’s largest image-based artificial intelligence (AI) model designed to combat cancer.
This revolutionary AI model surpasses the size of any existing image-based AI model by a significant margin, boasting billions of parameters, as stated by both companies.
Its primary mission is to capture the intricate nuances of cancer and lay the groundwork for the next generation of clinical applications and computational biomarkers that will push the boundaries of oncology and pathology.
What sets this AI model apart is its ability to identify both common and rare cancers, including those that are notoriously difficult to diagnose. Desney Tan, Vice President and Managing Director of Microsoft Health Futures, shared their vision for these new AI models, stating, “We are creating new AI models that will provide unprecedented insights into the pathology of cancer. Unleashing the power of AI is a game-changer in advancing healthcare to improve lives.”
Paige, a global leader in comprehensive digital pathology solutions and clinical AI, took the initiative to develop the initial foundational model, utilizing over one billion images sourced from half a million pathology slides spanning various cancer types.
In the next phase of development, Paige plans to incorporate up to four million digitized microscopy slides covering multiple cancer types from their extensive petabyte-scale clinical data archive. Microsoft’s advanced supercomputing infrastructure will play a crucial role in scaling and deploying this technology to hospitals and laboratories worldwide via Azure.
Razik Yousfi, SVP of Technology at Paige, expressed their strong belief in advancing cancer imaging: “We firmly believe that we will significantly advance the state-of-the-art in cancer imaging. Through the development of this model, we aim to improve the lives of the millions of people who are affected by cancer every day.”