2024-04-10| PartnershipsR&D

Bayer Signs New Partnership with Google Cloud, Joining Hands for AI Solutions for Radiologists

by Richard Chau
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On April 9, Bayer AG and Google Cloud announced a strategic collaboration that aims to revolutionize radiology through the development of novel AI solutions. The German biotech conglomerate intends to expedite the deployment of AI-powered healthcare applications, particularly in radiology, by utilizing Google Cloud’s advanced technology, including generative AI tools. Together, they seek to address the complex challenges faced by healthcare organizations in building scalable and compliant AI-assisted medical imaging software, ultimately leading to improved patient outcomes.

Over the past four years, Google has been supporting Bayer’s global vision with its expertise and a wide range of cloud-based services such as Vertex AI. In January 2023, for example, Bayer and Google Cloud signed a collaboration agreement to harness Google Cloud’s tensor processing units (TPUs) to run cutting-edge machine learning models that will accelerate and scale Bayer’s quantum chemical computing for identifying new drug candidates. The latest agreement between Bayer and Google demonstrates that the two companies are working together to expand their partnership beyond their previous strong foundations.

Related article: Bayer Signs Up To Google Cloud To Boost Drug Discovery 

Tackling Radiologist Burnout with Innovative AI Solutions

Nelson Ambrogio, Bayer’s newly-appointed President of Radiology, emphasized the significance of the partnership in transforming vast amounts of data into valuable and impactful insights for healthcare and life science organizations. Through this partnership, Bayer aims to streamline radiologists’ workflows, saving time and optimizing patient care.

Thomas Kurian, CEO of Google Cloud, underscored the potential of AI, particularly generative AI, in alleviating the burden on radiologists. “Radiologists and other clinicians face burnout due to the sheer volume of work they face every day. Generative AI can help tackle repetitive tasks and provide insights into massive data sets, saving valuable time and helping to positively impact patient outcomes,” said Kurian. He also expressed optimism that the Google-Bayer partnership will shape the future of diagnostics and assist customers in delivering insights to their patients with greater speed and accuracy.

Empowering Healthcare Innovation with a Cloud-Native Platform

Data from medical imaging makes up a substantial portion of healthcare data globally. It is estimated that billions of images are scanned annually, and the volume continues to rise. This cloud-native platform facilitates every stage of the product lifecycle, from analysis and experimentation to validation, launch, and monitoring. Leveraging Google Cloud tools such as Vertex AI, BigQuery, and Healthcare API, Bayer’s platform aims to bring innovative medical imaging solutions to market faster and more cost-effectively, with plans to launch a first version for extended testing later this year in the EU and US.

Pioneering Data Security and Compliance in Healthcare AI

Managing sensitive and proprietary data in healthcare and biotech settings at a large scale requires paramount attention to data security, healthcare regulations compliance, and patient privacy. Thanks to Google Cloud’s robust security capabilities, including those from Chronicle and Mandiant (both are Google’s subsidiaries specialized in cybersecurity), customers can confidently manage sensitive data while complying with regulations such as the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) in the U.S. and the European Union’s General Data Protection Regulation (EU GDPR). Furthermore, by utilizing Google Cloud’s infrastructure, Bayer can maintain its dedication to protecting patient data throughout the innovation process.

Overall, by pairing Bayer’s expertise in radiology and healthcare regulations with Google’s technological leadership in AI, their latest collaboration aims to significantly impact the healthcare ecosystem, improving patient outcomes, reducing costs, and accelerating innovation. Apart from accelerating drug discovery and revolutionizing radiology through the above-mentioned partnerships, Bayer and Google Cloud are working together to transform patient care worldwide through responsible AI adoption. 

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