Startups lead the way in AI for healthcare
A recent report by CB Insights shows that healthcare artificial intelligence (AI) startups have raised $4.3bn since 2013, topping all other industries. Kolabtree, the online platform for freelance scientists, has released an infographic highlighting startups that have developed innovative AI-assisted products that are advancing healthcare.
Many of the AI-assisted healthcare products developed by startups are now being used in homes, hospitals and clinics, to improve people’s lives. Kolabtree has illustrated how these products use AI to improve healthcare, from drug discovery, to diagnosis, treatment and service provision.
“We hear a lot about the work of big pharma companies, but the important contributions that startups make to the healthcare industry often go under the radar,” commented Ashmita Das, CEO of Kolabtree. “The big corporations often lack the research capabilities to develop AI-assisted products in-house, which is why many have partnered with startups in this sector. For example, pharmaceutical giant Merck works with Atomwise, a startup in the US that uses deep learning to shorten the drug discovery process. Also, GSK has entered into a partnership with a startup called Insilico Medicine, which uses AI to discover new biologic drugs.”
Consulting firm Frost & Sullivan has predicted a compound annual growth rate in the healthcare AI market of 40% through 2021, largely because AI has the potential to improve healthcare outcomes by 30 to 40% while halving treatment costs. Global Market Insights predicted an increase in the healthcare AI market value from $760m in 2016 to $10bn in 2024. Startups around the world will be pivotal in bringing these predictions to reality.
Kolabtree is an online platform that puts small businesses and research organisations in touch with freelance scientists. Users can post a project on the platform for free, receive bids from freelancers, interact with candidates and hire a freelancer with the specific skills and experience required for the project.
Over 6,500 freelance scientists are registered with Kolabtree, many with PhDs and extensive experience in healthcare and medical research. They specialise in services such as data analytics, scientific consulting, medical writing and experimental design.