Aridhia to provide research for Dutch University

Aridhia to provide research for Dutch University

Scottish informatics company, Aridha, has announced it is part of a consortium that has been selected to deliver digital research to one of the Netherland’s most prestigious university medical centres.

The consortium, incorporating Aridhia, ICT service provider Vancis, and clinical datasets experts MGRID, are delivering their world-leading Research as a Service (RaaS) platform to Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre (UMC).

As part of the three-year deal, the university medical centre will be the first in the Netherlands to offer a digital platform to all research teams across the institution.

The RaaS platform will provide a data management and biomedical analytics environment for up to 1,600 clinical research projects over the next three years.

The goal is to help researchers rapidly extract value and meaning from multiple data types, improve collaboration and reduce risks to data security, while lowering costs, and ensuring reproducibility and scalability of research.

Mathias Prokop, head of Department Radiology and Nuclear Medicine at Radboud University Nijmegen Medical Centre, said: "The Digital Research Environment (DRE) is an essential step in research of the future.

“Better structure, documentation, reuse of data and collaboration lead to acceleration of research and increase output and quality.”

The contract signifies substantial growth for Aridhia, one of Scotland’s data science success stories.

The company has recently expanded its service offering to include an ‘ecosystem edition’ of its popular AnalytiXagility workspaces in order to meet the needs of large-scale clinical research and precision medicine centres.

Chris Roche, Aridhia’s CEO, said: “We are delighted to bring our AnalytiXagility platform into this venture.

“Radboud really understands the need for academic medical centres to adopt breakthrough technologies in order to accelerate the discovery of insights and increase institutional competiveness.”

The win adds to the company’s growing number of European projects as it exports AnalytiXagility to a number of prominent research collaborations across the continent, including the ground-breaking European Prevention of Alzheimer’s Dementia (EPAD) project, an Innovative Medicines Initiative funded research programme.

Dr Ruth McKernan, chief executive of the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK said, “We’re tremendously proud to have helped fund Aridhia’s original development of their AnalytiXagility platform 4 years ago.

Their resulting growth and expansion into overseas markets exemplifies the role we play in supporting innovative ideas through to successful commercialisation.”

Aridhia’s head count is also set to increase as it aims to hire new staff members, including data scientists, platform engineers and project managers due to the company’s continued success and the growth of its customer base.