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54: Can you use AI to discover rare diseases? With Dr Peter Fish from Mendelian

Dr Peter Fish - Mendelian
On this episode, Dr Peter Fish, the CEO of Mendelian joins the show. Their mission is to make it easier for clinicians to diagnose rare diseases. Their AI based platform can sift through medical records to discover more than 100 rare conditions. As a serial entrepreneur, he has built and invested in various tech companies, combining his medical background with his passion for the tech industry. Learn about his investment experience starting at the age of 18, why they created the product, how it works, their journey to development, and their ambitious plans for addressing rare diseases, which seem to be not as rare as we think.

On the show, you’ll find out:

  • Peter’s background and experience in molecular genetics
  • How he became a serial entrepreneur in South Africa at just 18
  • What Peter learnt from failures and success in entrepreneurship
  • How optimism and a can-do attitude are essential attributes for entrepreneurs
  • How Mendelian began life in California with a few software engineers and a clinician
  • How they decided to tackle the ‘diagnostic odyssey’ affecting those with rare diseases
  • How research into disease and genetics mean that rare diseases may become more prevalent in the future
  • How MendelScan is identifying patients with patterns of symptoms to provide better diagnosis and/or treatment
  • How all their algorithms use deep clinical data in their iterations
  • How their NHS pilots have allowed them to scan 700 000 patient files records so far
  • How their work earned them the NHS AI Award 2023

Guest: Dr Peter Fish
Website: https://www.mendelian.co/

Host: Dr Vinay Shankar
Website: https://www.oncedaily.co

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