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Deep Health Information for Transformational Change in Democratizing Precision Medicine

Meet Lifespin CEO, Dr. Ali Tinazli at Booth No, Z3.E36 for an in-person meeting at Arab Health 2024

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Envision a future where health information serves as a guiding light for personalized and affordable healthcare, transcending the limitations of traditional paradigms. Lifespin GmbH, a company rewriting the script of healthcare, embarks on this transformative journey by seamlessly integrating nuclear magnetic resonance (NMR) and artificial intelligence (AI) into a groundbreaking approach known as “digital twins.”

During an open and insightful discussion with MedEdge MEA, Dr. Ali Tinazli, CEO of Lifespin, we explore the core of Lifespin’s technology. Diverging from conventional methods, Lifespin distinguishes itself by not restricting its identity to diagnostics alone; instead, it defines itself as a health information company, prioritizing profound insights into deep health.

Dr. Tinazli draws a compelling parallel with genomics, illuminating the challenges faced in dealing with silent mutations. He emphasizes how metabolomics, unlike genomics, illuminates the entire room, capturing tangible changes rooted in the principles of thermodynamics. This precision not only streamlines the research process but also requires fewer patient samples, marking a significant leap in efficiency.

“At Lifespin, we sculpt the future of precision medicine— a novel time when digital twins provide health insights that go beyond today’s standard of care and into unexplored territory. Driven by our database, which makes early detection possible, treatment monitoring easier, and genuinely personalized medicine feasible, the information we hold is redefining healthcare.”

-Dr. Ali Tinazli
Dr. Ali Tinazli, CEO, Lifespin

Lifespin’s technology involves NMR, traditionally associated with MRI imaging. At Lifespin, NMR meticulously analyzes metabolites—by-products of metabolism, collectively forming an individual’s metabolome, offering a real-time reflection of one’s health status.

Complementing this, Lifespin incorporates AI-driven software and a vast database boasting over 200,000 metabolic profiles. Derived from global research institutions and hospitals, this repository forms the backbone for metabolic health assessment. Advanced algorithms compare data from over 1,400 substances in an individual’s metabolome against an established baseline, giving life to the concept of “digital twinning.”

A digital twin, a computational model mirroring a physical entity, finds its secure abode in Lifespin’s highly curated proprietary database, which not only encompasses a vast array of health insights but is also continuously expanding. Accessible and updatable by individuals or healthcare providers, this dynamic digital twin empowers personalized healthcare decisions for effective, proactive, and preemptive care.

Advancing Precision Health Information Accessibility: A Closer Look

Lifespin’s “Deep Health” approach embodies precision, proactivity, continuity, and equitability. The focus extends beyond diagnostics to include treatment monitoring, disease diagnosis, and preventative care, particularly in the fields of neurology, oncology, and inflammatory diseases.

Lifespin’s unique approach doesn’t just center on specific diseases; instead, it emphasizes an expansive database covering over 300 disease phenotypes. Dr. Tinazli traverses the intricate world of digital twins while demystifying its jargon. “The language is not very complex,” notes Dr. Tinazli, ” as it is based on a plethora of quantitative simultaneous measurements of hundreds of parameters. The specific changes in these parameters are highly disease-specific, relatable to distinct diseases within oncology, neurology, inflammatory, and chronic diseases.”

In terms of affordability, Lifespin’s NMR-based approach stands out due to its scalability and precision. The high-throughput fashion of NMR ensures comprehensive quantitative measurements of hundreds of parameters at high precision. Dr. Tinazli highlights, “It’s precise information that allows you to make very precise, basic statements about health conditions, treatments, and diseases. And because it’s so scalable and doesn’t require highly skilled labor, it becomes an affordable solution.”

A cornerstone of Lifespin’s strategy, as Dr. Tinazli emphasizes, is the cloud-based approach, fostering a global plug-and-play system that enhances affordability and accessibility. Dr. Tinazli envisions connecting any lab worldwide to this decentralized model, eliminating the need to ship samples back and forth. This streamlined process not only makes health information available, scalable, and affordable but also proves especially effective in resource-limited settings.

Dr. Tinazli elucidates, “Once a suitable NMR is installed, it can efficiently digitize at least 200 patient samples per day and up to 160,000 patient samples per year. With low maintenance costs, a simple 3-step workflow, this approach offers a cost-effective and efficient solution even in resource-limited settings, with the cost of digitizing one patient sample potentially as low as $10.”

This innovative approach, championed by Lifespin and aptly reflected in its mission, revolutionizes healthcare by rendering expensive genomic testing equipment obsolete. Instead, it relies on a foundational combination of a basic NMR instrument and state-of-the-art AI-powered software. This disruptive model, in synergy with Lifespin’s exclusive database, swiftly delivers high-resolution, comprehensive, and personalized health insights—all accomplished at a fraction of the conventional cost.

Physician-Integrated Technology

“Lifespin’s technology is fundamentally a strategic data play, focused on making precision health information accessible and available for superior healthcare,” states Dr. Tinazli. As he envisions a future where physicians seamlessly integrate Lifespin’s technology into patient care, he emphasizes the potential for optimizing healthcare spending and allocations for the right treatment while minimizing hospitalization durations.

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The collaboration between doctors and digital twins takes center stage in Dr. Tinazli’s vision for the future. He underlines, “Physicians worldwide are using the stethoscope daily as a routine instrument for basic, hypothesis-free, and disease-agnostic diagnosis.” Looking forward, he paints a picture of an omni-intelligent digital stethoscope based on AI-enabled Digital Twin technology and integrating metabolomic patterns. “This is what we are working on—a much better tool for physicians and healthcare providers,” he concludes, highlighting the transformative potential of Lifespin’s innovative approach.

“Genomics is a bit like having an elephant in a dark room. Everyone can touch it, but they all describe different parts of the same creature. Metabolomics turns the light on.” – Dr. Ali Tinazli

With Lifespin’s dedication to pushing boundaries, its pioneering solutions will continue to shape a future where technology plays a vital role in enhancing healthcare outcomes for all. As we strive towards a future where healthcare is proactive, precise, and continuous for all, Lifespin stands as a cross-disciplinary technology company driving a paradigm shift in healthcare. With a commitment to change, Lifespin merges NMR, metabolomics, and AI to create a new era of personalized and equitable healthcare.

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