Lung Diagnostics Startup ArtiQ Keeps Innovating During Pandemic

Leuven-based startup ArtiQ has had plenty to keep them busy these last months. Using artificial intelligence-based software, ArtiQ.PFT, they help doctors interpret pulmonary function tests and improve the diagnostic environment for respiratory diseases. As the covid-19 pandemic hit, their lung diagnostic innovation has found fertile ground.

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Lung diagnostics innovation in the time of Corona

Recently, ArtiQ CEO and co-founder Marko Topalovic wrote about how he and his team have been tackling the Covid-19 pandemic for Eureca (European Respiratory Cluster Antwerp). In his article, Marko explains how the pandemic shifted ArtiQ’s focus somewhat.

“Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all lung function tests were shut down during a certain time. Now hospitals are restarting their practice and lung function tests can be used to monitor the progression of the disease,” he writes.

After requests from doctors inundated by pandemic patients, Marko and the team decided to offer their software free of licensing fees until September. As such, their diagnostic AI technology is increasingly being used to follow-up on patients, in addition to its original intention to help with initial diagnoses.

ArtiQ.PFT, is already used in the interpretation of more than 50.000 lung function tests in UZ Leuven, CHU Saint-Pierre, OLV Aalst and ZOL Genk.

Marko Topalovic

Following Patient Roadmaps

As Covid-19 patients leave hospitals, they’re increasingly visiting their primary care doctors for check ups. This means that non-hospital healthcare providers are in more need of lung care technology. In response, ArtiQ is looking to move out of hospitals, too, and is actively working on bringing their technological support to GPs.

“ArtiQ plans to integrate AI-expertise with spirometry to support GPs in identifying lung diseases and improving their decision making,” Marko states. “In the future, such tool may play an important role in the follow-up of COVID-19 patients on the GP level.”

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ArtiQ in drug development

Given the success they’re seeing in patient follow-up, the team at ArtiQ is also looking into expanding their technologies into pharmaceuticals and drug development. They’re specifically looking to bring their technology to clinical trials and improving quality control of lung function measurements.

As Marko explains, “In respiratory drug development, lung function is the primary clinical tool to assess the efficiency of treatment. Therefore, it is critical for pharmaceutical companies and the success of their clinical trials that the results of these tests are consistent and reliable.” ArtiQ’s new AI-based software can do just this.

Using AI to improve healthcare

Ultimately, it’s the AI ArtiQ integrates and innovates that’s making the big difference. The ArtiQ team is profoundly aware of the changes AI is bringing to the healthcare system. As they see it, using artificial intelligence in healthcare can provide tangible support for healthcare workers. Three top examples, elaborated in a recent blog post. include:

  1. Providing consistent decision support for healthcare providers, especially where large amounts of data are involved
  2. Reducing the administrative burden so that healthcare professionals spend less time on paperwork
  3. Creating more time to focus on human interaction. The preceding two will allow health professionals to have more time with patients and for meaningful collaborations with colleagues

You can visit ArtiQ at their website and follow them via their social media channels Online Pitch & Match Sessions

1 July 2020 @ 09:30 12:00 CEST

In times of covid-19 and social distancing, it is more important than ever to boost collaborations and bring new healthcare ideas to the next level. After carefully considering the measures taken by the Belgian government, we have decided to cancel the Healthy@Home physical meeting originally scheduled for May 15 and replace it with a number of online meetings in which you can advance your ideas or collaborate with your virtual neighbor.

Given the health, economical, and societal impacts of the present covid-19 pandemic, and next to the topic Healthy@Home, the series of Pitch and Match sessions will ask “How to beat the next corona-like crisis: What digital & life sciences tools/services are needed to improve efficiency and support health and wellbeing?” We welcome your ideas to prevent, prepare, or support the global community in case of a new crisis.

Below you’ll find the information for the next session. We warmly invite you to indicate topics you would like to have addressed in subsequent sessions.

  • Wednesday, 1 July 2020 (9:30-12pm): AI, Big Data, & Telemedicine
    • How to use AI and big data for personalized disease prediction, early symptom detection, disease outbreak modelling, etc. How to use telemedicine or intelligent IT tools to inform and guide populations at large?
    • Send in your proposal using this form by June 10 to

Do not miss this opportunity to submit your idea and/or to register for one or more of these Pitch & Match sessions!

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These Pitch and Match sessions aim to kick-start cross-over partnerships and projects in order to accelerate the development of innovative healthcare solutions. They are open to members only, with at least a Connect membership. If you want to present your idea, offer your expertise and/or services, and connect with the project holders, please register here. If you are not yet a Connect member (or higher), we kindly ask you to apply for a Connect membership within your registration.


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Health Technology Spearhead Cluster Info Session

4 June 2020 @ 10:00 10:30 UTC

Since last year, we’ve been in talks with the Flemish government, alongside partners and MedTech Flanders, to create a Spearhead Cluster in Health Technology.

This is an exciting opportunity for the ecosystem, and in this online session you’ll find out all the reasons why!

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Eurostars Life Sciences – VIRTUAL MEETINGS

27 May 2020 All day

Carefully considering the current measures taken by the Belgian government, and as the Knowledge for Growth conference is being postponed to September 10, the Eurostars Life Sciences matchmaking event will be organized in 2 sessions: 

  1. Virtual meetings on 27 May 2020 (this event)
  2. Presentations, pitches and physical B2B-meetings on 9 September 2020

The Eurostars Life Sciences matchmaking event is a brokerage event for SMEs looking to cooperate in research and development projects in the context of the Eurostars Calls (next cut-off deadline is 3 September 2020).

To help interested parties in finding international partners (companies, universities, research institutes) with complementary expertise to set up a Eurostars project, the Enterprise Europe Network and the public funding agencies from Belgium, the Netherlands and Nordrhein-Westfalen (Germany) are co-organizing an international matchmaking event for SMEs interested in Life Sciences topics, including health, biotech, medtech and agrotech.

Eurostars funds international innovative projects led by R&D-performing SMEs. With its bottom-up approach, it supports the development of innovative products, processes and services. It is an ideal first step in international cooperation, enabling small businesses to combine and share expertise and benefit from working beyond national or regional borders.

  • On 27 May 2020, the b2match platform will facilitate online B2B meetings to allow companies to find partners for the next Eurostars call in September. 
  • On 9 September 2020, the physical matchmaking event will take place in Ghent, Belgium. Find out more here.

Please note that participants of the virtual matchmaking session on 27 May are also invited to attend the full Eurostars Life Sciences matchmaking event (with presentations, pitches and bilateral meetings) on 9 September 2020 in Ghent!



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Business Opportunities in Wearables & Artificial Intelligence for Health

This event has been postponed until further notice. Check back for updates.

We cordially invite you to attend this second edition of “Biomedica on the Move” that is exceptionally organized as a combination of the workshop and the official Kick-Out Meeting of wearIT4health, an Interreg V-A EMR project focusing on the development of a wearable device for the continuous monitoring of hospitalized patients in the Euregio Meuse-Rhine.

​You will benefit from:​

  • the presentation of the achievements of the wearIT4health project and a tech transfer possibility of the developed monitor
  • the chance to meet many potential project or business partners in one afternoon, coming from the Euregio Meuse-Rhine
  • the ability to discuss your innovation and collaboration needs in more detail during a  1-to-1 matchmaking session
  • effectively gain knowledge on the Euregional facilities and expertise
  • the opportunity for 12 SMEs to pitch during 5 minutes about their activity, the service they can offer, their need, and possibilities of collaboration in the field of Wearables and Artificial Intelligence in Health. The 12 pitching SMEs may bring a roll-up that will be displayed in the reception hall

A parking space has been reserved specifically for this event in the CHU’s offloading car park. Free shuttle buses will take you every ten minutes to the building’s entrance.

A press conference will be organised in a dedicated room at the 5th floor of the GIGA building  from 11:00 am

Free Registration is mandatory

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Avenue de l'Hopital, 1-11
Liege, 4000 Belgium
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