A $225,000 funding boost will aid research into pediatric brain cancer treatment at the CIBORG laboratory at USC-Children’s Hospital Los Angeles in collaboration with Voxel Healthcare LLC, the lab’s spinoff company.
The CIBORG laboratory is led by Natasha Lepore, Assistant Professor of Research Radiology and Biomedical Engineering. The $225,000 National Cancer Institute Phase I SBIR grant brings total non-dilutive federal grant funding raised for the company to $500,000. Lepore’s co-founders at Voxel Healthcare LLC are USC Department of Biomedical Engineering alumni Sinchai Tsao USC BME PhD ‘13 (CEO) and Niharika Gajawelli USC BME PhD ‘17 (Chief Operating Officer).
The new software, called ClickBrain RT, will allow physicians to better avoid the unnecessary radiation doses that may cause long-term adverse effects in children with brain tumors. The software uses deep learning to segment brain subcortical structures and to train a machine learning algorithm to predict volumetric changes due to treatment-related radiation dosing to these key structures.