Time Medical sponsors the Advanced Small Animal MRI/CT Diagnosis and Reporting Symposium organizes by the Taiwan Companion Animal Medical Association at the National Taiwan University Veterinary Hospital. Thanks for the detailed lecture by Dr. Hitoshi Shimazaki and the great interpretation by Dr. Hao-Jan Cheuh. Thanks to Dr. Tony Tsai providing such a great platform for Time Medical.
Time Medical Systems, a member of Steering committee of the Academy for Radiology & Bio Medical Imaging Research / CIBR, http://www.acadrad.org/cibr-steering-committee/ recently participated in the 9th annual Technology Showcase that was presented on Capitol Hill in Washington DC on April 10th. As in previous years, Time Medical along with numerous Academic members and other leading Imaging Industrial partners presented advances in imaging technology along with their benefits to diagnostic medicine and their benefits to overall health improvements for patients. Many exciting topics were reviewed.
This year Dr Yuri Wedmid presented a new 7T PreClinical MRI that was described for use in early studies of various diseases especially with new drug development. Using such systems on smaller animal models is often a rapid way to explore drug benefits without the early risks associated with natural product screening and pharmaceutical testing for safety and efficacy. Several independent posters by academic researchers using animal models such as Rabbits and Rats supported the utility of higher field MRI exploration in preclinical studies.
Interest was strong and encouraging for Time Medical Systems and its future roadmap for nee developments in the area of new Preclinical MRI at 7T, 9.4T and higher Magnetic fields - that are not yet achievable for larger human studies. Time Medical System has been a long term supporter of the Academy and CIBR and will continue to collaborate with the research partners in the CIBR (Coalition for Imaging & Bioengineering Research).
Today, Time Medical Systems completed the first PICA MRI installation on African soil, in Gauteng, Johannesburg, South Africa. This important milestone was met with considerable excitement by the local medical community and the Centre of Advanced Medicine. The PICA MRI system – TM’s flagship whole-body magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system, includes new TM patented MR technologies and an open, patient-friendly design. This marks the beginning of a new page for Time Medical in the African market.
Beijing, China, August 28 – “Belt and Road” High-level Meeting for Health Cooperation: “Towards a Health Silk Road” and Health Industry Expo was opened in the China National Convention Center on August 18, 2017. Yandong Liu, Vice-premier of State Council, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, Director General of the World Health Organization (WHO), Mr. Michel Sidibé, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations and more than 20 minsters from different countries and international organizations such as the WHO and representatives from the Joint United Nations Programme on HIV and AIDS attended the meeting.
All parties in the meeting have come to the following consensus: strengthening communications and cooperation of health policies so as to meet the health-related targets in the “Sustainable Development Goals by 2030” initiative; improving monitoring, prevention and counter-measures of serious infectious diseases, as well as coordination and cooperation in handling health emergencies in countries along the Belt and Road; supporting development of trades in health services, health-and-medical travels and health caring; exploring the possibility of cooperation in mutual recognition of medical equipment submission standards in countries along the Belt and Road, and etc.
Time Medical Systems exhibited two creative products in the Expo: mobile medical imaging system (MMIS) and the first artificial intelligence digital X-ray imaging system.
After the opening ceremony, Dr Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus and Mr. Michel Sidibé, accompanied by Li Cui, Vice Minister of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, visited the booth of Time Medical Systems. Professor Qiyuan Ma, CEO of Time Medical Systems introduced the MMIS and artificial intelligence digital X-ray imaging system to the guests and received highly positive responses from them. These systems are 3A (advanced, accessible and affordable) medical diagnosis service platform specifically designed and developed to solve the problem of inadequate medical diagnostic services and lack of radiologists and technologists in developing countries along the Belt and Road.
As a highlight in the exhibition, MMIS of Time Medical had attracted numerous visits from guests. Time Medical’s team received the Health Department officials from countries such as Sierra Leone, Zambia, Laos, Kenya, Panama, Kazakhstan, Egypt, Mongolia, Kyrgyzstan, Australia, Zimbabwe and Croatia etc., and also the leaders of national and provincial Health and Family Planning Commissions
With the endeavor of Anhui research and development team, the company’s first artificial intelligence digital X-ray imaging system was successfully exhibited and received compliments from physicians and officials from more than 10 countries in the exhibition.
Professor Qiyuan Ma, CEO of Time Medical Systems and Alec Leung, Director for International Sales of Time Medical had also participated in the sub-session of the meeting and round-table discussion in which they shared professional views on the trend in health industry and the way towards international certification for Chinese health industry.
Chengdu, China, May 31 – Time Medical Systems exhibited its first mobile diagnostic imaging system in the 2017 Chengdu Global Innovation and Entrepreneurship Fair opened on May 10, 2017.
This mobile diagnostic imaging system combines a digital x-ray machine with a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) system to form a system with advantages from both imaging techniques: the fast, convenient and affordable from X-ray for preliminary screening, and the high soft tissue contrast resolution, high spatial resolution, freedom of slices at arbitrary orientations, free from ionization radiation, specific techniques on blood and water imaging from MRI, resulting in a wide range of clinical applications. Combined with the remote diagnosis function, the system can serve duties such as performing regular mobile patrol diagnosis, providing emergency rescue services, offering training for basic medical personnel, etc. The system is aimed at alleviating the lack of medical resources problem at the remote areas and in Mid-West China, and at the same time helps to achieve the goal of strengthening primary medical services and provide targeted medical treatment for the unfortunates.
The system can not only be deployed for mobile diagnosis, but can also be fixed on the ground independently as a semi-mobile imaging center. Moreover, options such as portable electrocardiograph machine and B-scan ultrasound system are also available. These highly extensible features allow applications at various situations. The China-made high-end medical equipment can be exported to countries and regions along the routes of The Belt and Road – benefiting more people in different countries.
Time Medical’s mobile diagnostic imaging system has aroused wide attention at the Fair. Li Yin, Governor of Sichuan Provincial People's Government, Qiang Luo, Mayor of Chengdu Municipal People's Government and other officials visited the booth.
Professor Qiyuan Ma, President of China Association for Science and Technology Returnee Entrepreneurship Association and CEO of Time Medical Systems introduced the mobile diagnostic imaging system from Time Medical Systems to leaders of Sichuan Province and Chengdu City. Governor Yin asked about the details of the system such as type of machine equipped, weights of the mobile system, and the expected service price in remote areas. Governor Yin highly praised Time Medical for its spirit of innovation and showed recognition to the project. He believed the system can practically solve the hierarchical medical treatment problem in Mid-West China and remote areas.
Pretoria, South Africa, April 26 – China-Africa Ministerial Conference on Health Cooperation was held in the capital of South Africa, Pretoria at 2 p.m. local time on 24 April, 2017. Bin Li, Minister of National Health and Family Planning Commission of the PRC and Dr. Motsoaledi, Minister of Health of South Africa co-hosted the conference. In addition to the officials from China and South Africa, other attendants included Michel Sidibé, Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations, Minister of Health from more than 20 countries in Africa, as well as personnel and representatives from organizations such as the United Nations Population Fund, the Global Fund and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, etc.
Yandong Liu, Chinese Vice Premier delivered a keynote speech with the theme of “Creating a Better Future for China-Africa Health Cooperation by Taking Action and Fulfilling Commitments”. Madam Liu reviewed the outcomes of cooperation on public health sector between China and Africa over the past 50 years. With China and Africa accounting for one-third of the world’s population, Liu emphasized on the importance and meaning of strengthening China-Africa cooperation in health sector. Liu made 5 suggestions: Improving accessibility of health services in Africa; Strengthening public health and disease prevention and control systems in Africa; Deepening exchange of health and humanity of children and women; Expanding China-Africa medical cooperation, and Encouraging Chinese medical enterprises to enter Africa market, which were all well-received by attendants.
Under-Secretary-General of the United Nations said that Africa accounts for 25% of the world’s disease burden, yet health expenses in Africa only comprise less than 1% of that of the world. He thanked China for providing life-saving medical support to Africa, and appealed to the international community to raise awareness of medical service in Africa, the continent that occupies 15% of land of the world.
Professor Q.Y. Ma, CEO of Time Medical Systems also attended the conference and delivered a speech on “Innovation on Medical Diagnostic Imaging Service” under the topic of China-Africa medical industry cooperation. Professor Ma pointed out the two big challenges in medical diagnosis in Africa: lack of diagnostic equipment and lack of radiologists and technologists. Medical diagnostic imaging industry has been monopolized by a few multinational corps for a long time, leading to expensive equipment and high diagnostic fee. Advanced medical diagnostic imaging equipment such as CT and MR machines are still not available in many countries in Africa. In better developed countries such as South Africa MR diagnosis scan would cost US$500, while gross domestic product per capita in half of the 55 countries in Africa is only less than US$2000. Moreover, there is no radiologist available in 15 African countries. Professor Ma emphasized that Africa has an urgent need for affordable medical diagnostic service which could cut more than 80% diagnostic fee, and this target can only be achievable through technological innovations.
Professor Ma highlighted some key innovations in diagnostic imaging from Time Medical. First, developing high quality, low cost diagnostic equipment, such as the PICA MR system; Second, developing dedicated (for orthopedic, neonatal and breast scan) imaging equipment to lower diagnostic scan fee to the level comparable to the prices of cups of coffee. Third, developing Mobile Medical Imaging System (MMIS) for regular checks of residences in rural villages, which could significantly reduce fixed expenses of the clinics. Forth, introducing Artificial Intelligence DR machine and utilizing big data and deep learning technology to overcome the lack of radiologists and technologists in Africa. Fifth, building up a tele-imaging diagnosis platform. Professor Ma concluded that with the help of these innovations, Time Medical can enter the Africa market and help to solve the difficulties in medical service in Africa.
Professor Ma's speech aroused strong responses from attending representatives. Minister Li highly praised the speech. Ministers of Health of South Africa, the Republic of the Congo, Mauritania, and Angola, have discussed the potential collaborations with Professor Ma.
Other attending enterprises in the conference included China Sinopharm International Corporation, Mindray and the Beijing Genomics Institute. Alec Leung, Director for International Sales of Time Medical was also invited.
Chicago, USA, 6th December, 2016 – Time Medical Systems participated in the 102nd RSNA 2016 from 29th November to 1st December.
Time Medical booth at RSNA 2016
During the exhibition, Time Medical received the guests from USA, Canada, Germany, the United Kingdom, Finland, Switzerland, Ireland, Italy, India, Singapore, Israel, Egypt, Nigeria, Argentina, Colombia, Bangladesh, the Philippines, Syria, Ghana, Peru and so on. More than 20 countries, agents and hospital representatives, and reached a number of procurement intentions.
Professor Ma met with CEO of different multinational healthcare corporations to discuss future strategic cooperation. In addition, Time Medical has discussion with the leading institutions such as UCSD, MSKCC and Harvard Medical School MGH in regards to the clinical and preclinical cooperation of the Neonatal MRI, Abbreviated breast MRI and Ultra-high field MRI systems which has reached an initial collaboration opportunity.
During the exhibition, International Sales & Marketing team from Time Medical received the delegation from the Chinese Society of Radiology and the National Health and Family Planning Commission. Professor Ma introduced three key points to the delegation of which the first one is the paradigm shifting technology and competitive advantages of the products (PICA and RORA) for routine diagnosis at the emerging market such as Asian, African and Latin American. The second point is the importance of differential development of dedicated MRI systems. The third point is the development of mobile MRI system for remote area together with intelligent imaging solutions as well as the 7T small animal preclinical and 7T Whole Body MRI System.
The focus of the RSNA is Machine Learning or Deep Learning, or Artificial Intelligence (AI) in the field of radiological applications, which is controversial since a lot of professionals are worried that the technology will replace radiologists. As an industrial member, Professor Ma participated the CIBR (Coalition for Imaging & Bioengineering Research) Steering Committee meeting and IS3R (International Society for Strategic Studies in Radiology) Interim Meeting 2016. The meeting concluded that AI is inevitable in medical imaging. TM has already been developing AI tech and products, along with major industrial players.
Shanghai, China, November 22nd - The "Sino-African Medical Cooperation" forum, organized by the National Health and Family Planning Commission, was held at the Shanghai International Convention Centre. This Forum is one of the key events during the Ninth Global Health Promotion Conference and an important initiative to implement the outcome of the Johannesburg Summit. Health ministers from more than 20 African countries and officials from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs attended the event. Ms. Li Bin, Director of the State Planning Commission, gave the opening speech.
During the exhibition, Ms. Li Bin, Director of the National Health and Family Planning Commission, led a delegation of more than 10 healthcare officials from African countries to visit the booth of Time Medical. Prof. Ma introduced them to a series of Time Medical products and highlighted the Mobile Medical Imaging Systems. Afterwards, Prof. Ma and his team received Hon. Dr. Chitalu Chilufya, Minister of Health of Republic of Zambia, Hon. Anil Kumarsingh GAYAN, Minister of Health of Mauritius, Dr. Peter Kumpalume, Minister of Health of Malawi and H.E. Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus of Minister of Foreign Affairs of Ethiopia and government officials from more than 10 other African countries, with the formation of initial sales intentions.
Professor Ma also participated in a panel discussion on how to address the demand for healthcare service in Africa. Professor Ma mentioned that the current medical problems in Africa: 1 - the current medical diagnostic prices are too high; 2 - the lack of professionals in medical imaging. The solution is to reduce the price of diagnostic services through innovation, and to address the lack of professional physicians in Africa through mobile medical imaging service and telemedicine.
Taizhou, China, November 1 – Time Medical Systems participated in the China-ASEAN Summit on Medical Industry Cooperation in Taizhou, China on 28th October, 2016. With more than 40 ASEAN representatives and more than 20 entrepreneurs from China, leading attendees of the summit include the host, Jie Yang (Deputy Mayor of Taizhou), Ningning Xu (Executive President of China-ASEAN Business Council) and Lijun Shi (Deputy Secretary of the Taizhou Municipal Party Committee and Mayor of Taizhou). Professor Qiyuan Ma, CEO of Time Medical Systems was also invited to attend this event, and has established the ASEAN Medical Industry Cooperation Council together with other guests in the Summit. The office of this Council is located at China Medical City in Taizhou.
In the Summit, Professor Ma delivered a speech titled “Prospects of Innovative Medical Diagnostic Imaging Development in Southeast Asian Countries” and have attracted interests from Ir. Hj. Titah Sihdjati Riadhie (Director of The Indonesian Association of Medical Device Industries), Dr. Win Si Thu (Chairman of Myanmar Pharmaceutical & Medical Equipment Entrepreneurs' Association), Mr. Aunnop Manomaivibul (Chairman of The Pharmacy Community Association in Thailand), Chan Huy Luong (Managing Director of Dynamic Pharma in Cambodia) and other representatives of ASEAN Chambers of Commerce and Industry and Medical Associations. They have discussed the possible cooperation methods, which is expected to pave the way for Time Medical to expand in the Southeast Asian market.
Beijing, China, August 24 – Time Medical Systems participated in the China International Medical Equipment Exhibition and Scientific Conference 2016 (CHINA-HOSPEQ 2016) held in China National Convention Centre, Beijing from August 19 to 21. As one of the representatives from the large-scale medical equipment company sector in China, Time Medical was pleased to join the exhibition. Time Medical’s team members welcomed and received the delegates of Radiological Society presidents from more than 10 countries and regions, who came to also attend the Asian Oceanian Congress of Radiology (AOCR) 2016, another event also hosted in Beijing; as well as public health officials and radiology specialists from various countries such as the U.S., the U.K., the Netherlands, Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Zambia, and Sudan etc. Time Medical showcased innovative products such as the hybrid MICA MRI system, hybrid PICA MRI system, NEONA neonatal MRI system, RORA series DR machine, and the first 7T Preclinical Small Animal MRI system in Asia.
Today, Time Medical Systems completed the first PANION PRO Veterinary MRI installation in Hong Kong. Congratulations to HVVC for the opening of the MRI and Rehab Centre! This marks the beginning of a new page for Time Medical in the dedicated veterinary MRI Market.
Sichuan, China, July 24 – Li YIN, Governor of Sichuan Provincial People's Government met the delegates from Time Medical Systems at provincial government, and had a meeting to exchange opinions on Time Medical’s development plan in Sichuan Province. Professor Qiyuan Ma, CEO of Time Medical Systems said the company is planning to establish an operation centre in Chengdu as the base of training, service, distribution and logistics in the western parts of China. It will also provide support services to the products exported to countries and regions along Central Asia and Eastern Europe within Belt and Road Initiative framework. Utilizing Sichuan Province’s geographical advantages, Time Medical will set up a big data platform and an online remote diagnosis center in Sichuan Province.
Governor Yin spoke highly of Time Medical in developing new domestic medical equipment, and welcomed ProfessorMa and his team’s visit to Sichuan. Governor Yin noted that healthcare industry is highly valued in Sichuan, and Time Medical’s development strategy matches the Province’s development direction of the industry.
Officials from different departments including the Health and Family Planning commission of Sichuan Province, Science &Technology Department of Sichuan Province, Sichuan Provincial Investment Promotion Bureau, and Sichuan Association for Science and Technology also attended the meeting.
Time Medical delegates also met with Liangzhi Tang, Party Secretary of CPC Chengdu Committee while staying in Chengdu, and were invited to visit West China Hospital, Sichuan University and Jingrong Town, the town of innovation and entrepreneurship located at Pi County, Sichuan Province.
Professor Qiyuan Ma, CEO of Time Medical Systems, was invited by the president of the Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) to attend their 13th Annual conference of SBMT / G20 BRAIN Initiative held in Miami, Florida on April 8-10, 2016. The main speakers of this conference included US congressmen, NASA officials and astronauts, the US Department of Defense and Navy officials, as well as Science and Technology officials and experts from Canada, Australia, Germany, Turkey, Malaysia, Russia, Israel, Nigeria, and others countries from around the globe.
In the Neuro-Imaging session, Professor Ma presented on the topic of Improved Imaging using the novel technology of High Temperature Superconduction (HTS) developed by Time Medical Systems in the areas of basic, translational , pre-clinical and clinical research. Professor Ma hilighted the fact that the new 7T MRI scanner made by Time Medical Systems will push the limit of resolution in Neuro-Imaging towards the ultimate goal of non-invasively monitoring the in-vivo activity of single neurons, in the near-term future.
In the Brain Initiatives session, Professor Ma focussed his talk on the economic and social burden, as well as the health care challenges that are due to the growing, aging population and the increased brain disorders seen in China. Professor Ma introduced some recent examples of new government healthcare reforms to the international audience. Currently, medical insurance nearly covers the whole population in China. By the year of 2020 however, all rural and community clinic centers will be equipped with new medical equipment including diagnostic imaging services. At that time, it will be expected that all patients will benefit from the diagnostic imaging improvements and achieve earlier prevention of disease, especially earlier diagnosis and treatment of brain disorders. Finally, Professor Ma described the recent China Brain initiatives to the participants. He presented how brain researchers in universities and institutions, will contribute to the development of related industrial companies in China, as well as how enhanced future cooperation between China and related international organizations will advance Brain research in a more global manner.
The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (SBMT) founded in 2004 is a non-profit society achieving its mission through facilitating multi-disciplinary collaborations, government agencies (USA, EU and Asia), foundations, and multi-national corporations to promote the interdisciplinary basic, translational and clinical research in central nervous system and improve the diagnosis, treatment and rehabilitation of patients afflicted with neurological disorders. It was also a participant of US Brain Initiatives and main promoter of brain G20 Conference. The SBMT Board members include officials of Canadian science and technology minister, NASA research director, etc, experts and predients or deans of universities and medical schools, as well as medical instiitions from 10 countries around the world.