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October 2020 - Volume 17 - Issue 4

Breakthrough Rapid COVID-19 Detection Tests Launched at Largest Hospital in the Middle East

An Israeli start-up has enhanced virus detection spectral technology able to detect viruses in a fluid sample in less than one second using an inexpensive device.  Newsight Imaging is adapting this innovative technology into a rapid COVID-19 test in a pilot program at Sheba Medical Center in Israel that separates between alpha-coronaviruses (Alpha-CoV) and beta-coronaviruses (Beta-CoV), with an accuracy close to 100 percent.
Ramat Gan, Israel – July 22, 2020 – Israel’s Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, the largest hospital in the Middle East, announces the launch of a pilot program for breakthrough rapid COVID-19 detection tests conceived by Newsight Imaging, an Israeli startup. 
Sheba’s pilot program will conduct tests using Newsight’s revolutionary spectral device based on its developed Spectrometer-on-Chip. The device, which is about the size of a computer mouse, can identify and classify evidence of a virus in the body in less than one second, using a sample of fluid (blood serum or saliva sample) inserted into a disposable test cuvette. 
This spectral technology for virus detection itself is not the actual innovation, however. The new technological advance is Newsight’s ability to bring an expensive device that typically costs hundreds of thousands of dollars to be implemented in a single cost-effective chip, using an AI algorithm to separate the profile of a human infected with a specific virus, from a human infected with a different virus or from a healthy human. 
Newsight’s device simultaneously checks 1024 spectral channels, currently in the visible light spectrum of 400-700 nm. During the next few months, the company plans to present a device that will be capable of examining a spectral profile in wavelengths of up to 1100 nm. 
Medical experts in the infectious and tropical disease departments at Sheba Medical Center are already working with Newsight. Initial feasibility studies of the device have shown an ability to separate between alpha-coronaviruses (Alpha-CoV) and beta-coronaviruses (Beta-CoV), with an accuracy close to 100 percent, in addition to feasibility studies conducted on blood serum samples of people infected with the Dengue virus, which were found to be extremely accurate.
Newsight and Sheba’s ARC Innovation Center headed by Dr. Eyal Zimlichman, Chief Medical and Innovation Center at Sheba Medical Center, are planning to establish a joint company that will make these solutions commercially available to the medical community worldwide. “Newsight is another outstanding example of how Sheba’s ARC Innovation Center and the Israeli start-up ecosystem are working in tandem to reinvent existing technology to battle the scourge of COVID-19,” said Dr. Zimlichman.
Newsight Imaging’s previous machine vision chips are already integrated in dozens of different devices and solutions in the automotive, robotics, and advanced industrial manufacturing fields. 
About Sheba Medical Center
Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer is the largest and most comprehensive medical center in the Middle East. Sheba is also the only medical center in Israel that combines an acute care hospital and a rehabilitation hospital on one campus, and is at the forefront of medical treatments, patient care, research, innovation and education. In 2019 & 2020 Newsweek magazine named Sheba one of the top ten hospitals in the world. To learn more, visit:
About Newsight Imaging
Newsight Imaging Ltd ( develops advanced CMOS Image sensor chips for 3D machine vision and spectral analysis. Newsight’s depth camera sensors for machine vision serve verticals such as Mobile, Robotics, Industry 4.0, Automotive Safety and Surveillance. Its unique eTOF™️ technology enhances the short distance iTOF and provides accurate depth sensing for longer distances even outdoors. In addition, Newsight developed a spectrometer-on-chip backed by AI, demonstrated in the development kit- SpectraLIT™️. The SpectraLIT™️ offers a unique and affordable solution for remote health, real time diagnosis and quality inspection solutions for Water, Food& Beverage etc. The company has 14 US and EU patents, was named “Cool Vendor” in the Nobel sensors category by Gartner and received 3 grants by the Israeli Innovation Authority. 
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