Prognica Labs Joins NVIDIA Inception

Dubai, UAE — December 09, 2020 — Prognica Labs today announced it has joined NVIDIA Inception, a program designed to nurture startups revolutionizing industries with advancements in AI and data sciences.

Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women (24.2%, i.e. about one in 4 of all new cancer cases diagnosed in women worldwide are breast cancer). Approximately 2.1 million women were diagnosed with breast cancer in 2018, according to a WHO report. In developing countries, more than 50% of the women who are detected with breast cancer end up losing their lives within a year.

Examining medical images and data is time-consuming and relies on the judgment and skills of highly specialized experts and many a time the interpretation is prone to errors since humans suffer from factors like fatigue and distractions. This is why patients sometimes have different interpretations from various doctors, which can make choosing a plan of action a stressful and tedious process.

Prognica is addressing these issues through our AI-powered platform, which can analyze medical images and generate medical reports — from anywhere and with complete accuracy.

NVIDIA Inception will allow Prognica to better collaborate with many other cutting-edge Artificial Intelligence and machine learning startups by leveraging valuable go-to-market support, expertise, and technology. Joining this program will help and support Prognica Labs’ Computer Vision and Machine Learning solutions. The program will also offer Prognica the opportunity to collaborate with industry-leading experts and other AI-driven organizations.

Khalid Shaikh, CEO, Founder of Prognica Labs said –
“Prevention and early detection are central to our mission of helping save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight against cancer. We are developing an adjunct, precision tool for mammography and ultrasound to equip radiologists with the objective, data-driven results they need to support patients and their healthcare team as they make decisions about their breast cancer screening, treatment, and diagnosis. We expect our participation in NVIDIA’s Inception program to push the limits of innovation with AI-based medical diagnosis to greater heights to serve the global society.”

NVIDIA Inception is a program that helps startups during critical stages of product development, prototyping, and deployment. Every Inception member gets a custom set of ongoing benefits, such as NVIDIA Deep Learning Institute credits, marketing support, and technical assistance, which provides startups with the fundamental tools to help them grow.

Prognica Labs
Khalid Shaikh (Founder, CEO)

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Dr. Menna Shaher Joins Prognica Labs’ Advisory Board

Dubai, UAE — December 16, 2020 — Prognica Labs, a Dubai based AI powered health-tech startup aiming to improve clinical outcomes in the fight against breast cancer using artificial intelligence and deep learning, today announced that Dr. Menna Shaher, has joined as an Advisor.

Dr. Menna has over 15 years of experience as a Breast Radiologist, 11 years of which as a Consultant Breast Imaging and Intervention Radiology.

Her areas of expertise includes Breast Mammography, early detection of breast cancer, Tomosynthesis, Contrast Enhanced mammography and Dynamic MRI breast with contrast, Breast and axilla ultrasound with Elastography, Breast interventional studies as biopsy and aspiration & total suction of benign lesions by Vacuum Assist Biopsy (VAB).

Dr. Menna completed MBBS, Masters in Radiodiagnosis & Intervention and Medical Doctorate in Diagnostic Radiology from Ain Shams University, Cairo, Egypt and Advanced Hospital Management Diploma from Canadian International Academy for advanced studies, Ottawa, Canada. She is a member in the European Society of Breast Imaging. She is also the founder and head of Breast Unit of Al Zahra Hospital in Sharjah.

“With her vast experience and passion in breast cancer space, along with the combination of strategic expertise, it will be of a tremendous resource in helping Prognica accelerate its vision in serving the society.” said Khalid Shaikh, Founder CEO at Prognica.

I’m honored to be working with the Prognica team as they are tackling a long term goal by working on breast cancer screening and diagnostics to make it more accurate, affordable and accessible.” Dr. Menna said. “I believe in networking and that joining forces can make miracles, also I admire the hard work and ideas Prognica is trying to implement. Looking forward to do more together.

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Prognica Labs partners with Ajman University to boost Higher Education in UAE

January 16, 2020, Dubai – Prognica Labs, an AI based healthtech company, has announced a collaborative research and education agreement with Ajman University (AU), an internationally recognized institution of higher education and research in UAE, to advance research and innovation in Medical and Technology.

In today’s economic environment, collaboration between universities and industry is increasingly perceived as a vehicle to enhance innovation through knowledge exchange, according to Dr. Kamran Arshad, Dean of Graduate Studies and Research, AU. “This Industry-University collaboration provides the perfect foundation for innovation.”

University-Industry partnerships are becoming increasingly important to help students gain the leadership and entrepreneurial skills needed to create innovation and generate solutions to emerging social challenges of the 21st century, he added.

This collaboration is meant to give a boost to knowledge exchange and transfer in the area of engineering, medical science, technology innovation and entrepreneurship. It is also intended to mentor students and faculty, empower and implement their ideas. – Dr. Arshad stated.

Writing research papers and/or research-based books that can be published on various journals, conducting seminars, cohorts, idea competitions for students and faculty, are further realms of this partnership, he elaborated.“Young researchers will be receiving assistance in identifying the characteristics of the economic environment under this agreement.”

Dr. Arshad said factors, such as competition amongst emerging economies, and increasingly complex technological developments make the landscape simply too volatile.

“The university world can see the benefits of looking beyond the theoretical and taking an active role in overseeing the transfer of new knowledge into practical applications.”

Ajman University

Ajman University, the first private higher education institution in the gulf countries, has, for the second year in a row, earned a spot among the top 150 universities in the world under 50 years within QS World University Rankings of the ‘Top 50 Under 50’.

Ajman University, as per the 2020 QS World University Rankings issued in June 2019, is now ranked among the top 800 institutions worldwide, securing a position in the top 2.8% of universities worldwide and the top 1.7% of institutions in the Arab world.

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Khalid wins the “Technology Rising Star of the Year” award.

Oct 06, 2019. Dubai – Khalid Shaikh, Founder, CEO of Prognica Labs, has been named “Technology Rising Star of the Year” at the high-profile Future Enterprise Awards 2019 hosted by TahawulTech.

Khalid is working relentlessly towards a long term goal of making cancer screening and diagnostics more accurate, affordable and accessible by building an AI platform.

“I am excited to win this award, and could not have achieved it without all the hard work and dedication of a great team and the support of our advisors. The future is bright for Prognica as there are great products coming on the way and great opportunities for our technology all around the world.”

Healthcare as we know today has several problems.

  • The first one being that, the doctor-to-patient ratio is terribly low worldwide.
  • The doctors themselves are overworked and overstretched which may lead to the variability and subjectivity in the way that the diseases are diagnosed and treated.
  • And the quality medical equipments are quite expensive, which make it difficult for any organization to adopt the latest technology at scale.

“We at Prognica are trying to address these issues through data and intelligence. We are developing the next generation smart screening technology for medical image analysis that healthcare providers and patients can confidently rely on” says Khalid.

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Shailesh Jannu to join Prognica as a Technical Advisor

Prognica, an emerging AI powered health-tech startup, today announced that Shailesh Jannu will be joining the company as a technical advisor. In this role, Shailesh will further Prognica’s machine learning advancements in improving clinical outcomes and accelerate the discovery of breakthrough advancements in the fight against cancer through his expertise in deep learning.

Prognica analyses medical images and generates information and data to help predict and diagnose cancer using artificial intelligence and deep learning. Our goal is to develop intelligent, scalable and affordable disease screening solutions which can empower medical experts and facilitate quality healthcare delivery to the masses. Our initial focus is on the solutions for the screening tests so that we can positively impact a larger population.

According to Shailesh, “The number and size of medical images and databases are increasing rapidly but most of these data are not analyzed for finding the valuable and hidden knowledge. Advanced data mining techniques can be used to discover hidden patterns and relationships. Models developed from these techniques are useful for medical practitioners to make right decisions and to develop predictive models for breast cancer recurrence in patients.

Shailesh is an engineer, innovator & technologist. He has diverse background in enterprise software, big data, machine learning and artificial intelligence. Currently he is a Senior Director & Architect for SAP Leonardo Connected Goods IoT applications. He is responsible for machine learning & deep learning platform for IoT Sensor data. Shailesh holds BS in Computer Engineering from Walchand Institute of Technology. He has 2 US patents and 5 pending.

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Khalid Shaikh, participated as a judge at the Startup Battle

April 24, 2019. Dubai – Our CEO, Khalid Shaikh, participated as a judge at the Startup Battle by Startup.Network in Dubai. Startup Battle is a business-format event where selected entrepreneurs compete for the attention of VCs, Angels and corporate investors, bringing together the entire community to share ideas, collaborate across markets, and capitalize on emerging trends. The Startup Battle – Dubai, was held on Wednesday, April 24, is a competition for disruptive, early-stage companies who are creating, innovating or enhancing real-world systems technologies and applications.

I am honored to be invited by Startup.Network to be a part of Startup Battle judging panel, and to take part in this opportunity to support startups.
It feels exhilarating especially after interacting with the kind of founders with their startups and the contestants who have the ‘self-starter’ attitude.

For more information about the competition, please click here.

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Prognica & DTE Srl Announce Partnership

August 8, 2018. Dubai – Prognica Labs and Derby Technology Engineering Srl (Milano, Italy), a manufacturer of wireless servo assisted hospital bed handling system (EasySteer), today announced the signing of a strategic partnership to drive delivery of innovative, safe and cost-effective solutions to hospitals in UAE and other parts of GCC.

Lorenzo Pastori, Project Manager, DTE Srl said, “This is an exciting partnership for us because Forward thinking organizations such as Prognica is clearly dedicated to driving innovation in the region. Their understanding about the markets, technology and the Healthcare industry will strengthen our presence in GCC.”

Patient flows in a hospital are interconnected, making transport the hub of patient movement and an essential ingredient to efficient and cost-effective patient flow and bed capacity optimization.

Moving bulky beds around a hospital can be challenging. This is mainly because the beds are large and often have other medical devices attached to them. Also, a hospital is a place where there needs to be optimum pace.

The use of the EasySteer system is extremely simple and intuitive.

  • Moving hospital beds without any physical strain
  • Designed to be easily maneuvered by a single person, saving on the number of operators involved in moving hospital beds and allowing a more focused attention to the patient needs.
  • EasySteer allows freedom of movement in narrow spaces, with its ability to complete a 360° rotation on the spot and to laterally translate.
  • The first truly omni-directional bed mover with anti-collision system

“For hospitals to provide high reliability in healthcare organizations, they need to focus on improving safety for both patients and staff and team up with a technology partner that has a deep understanding of how a hospital operates.” Fulvio Torti, CEO, DTE Srl

Derby Technology Engineering Srl ( /

DTE srl (as part of Derby Ruote srl group) has been continuously improving an invention which has been moving man for more than five thousand years: the wheel.

Derby Ruote srl, based in Assago (a small distance from Milan downtown, Italy), began in 1973 with the production and sale of the “Derby” model castor, becoming famous in the Italian market for its quality and functionality. During the following years, Derby Ruote’s production and market have been growing step by step and in 1977 the company faces the export market with good success, soon being present in almost all European countries.

DTE srl is the natural passage from the wheel concept to its electronical application in the medical use of the 3rd millennium. As a consequence, DTE srl chose the UAE market to be their first market to introduce the EasySteer, the future of the indoor hospital logistics.

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Khalid Shaikh discusses the “Role of AI in Healthcare & Medical Education”.

April 11, 2018. Dubai – The adoption of artificial intelligence in healthcare is on the rise and solving a variety of problems for patients, hospitals, medical education and healthcare industry overall.

Our CEO Khalid Shaikh shared the stage with additional experts conveying differing perspectives on artificial intelligence, the maturity and future of the technologies, and how developments in these areas affect healthcare industry, at the ‘1st Annual International Conference on the Role of Artificial Intelligence in Healthcare and Medical Education’, at the Palazzo Versace Dubai, organised by Thumbay Group

The conference drew together expert speakers from the US, UK, Switzerland, UAE, India and Australia to discuss the scope, impact and opportunities of AI in healthcare and medical education.

His Highness Shaikh Mohammed Maktoum Juma Almaktoum, Chairman, MBM Groups, Dubai was the chief guest of the conference.

“There is some limited understanding of AI among the healthcare industry, but actually being able to implement it to solve problems and create opportunities is the real challenge,” Khalid said.

The other co-panelists include;

  • Prof. Hossam Hamdy – Chancellor, Gulf Medical University – Moderator
  • Dr. Ajit Nagpal – Chairman & Director General, Amity University Middle East Initiative
  • Dr. Ashok Gupta – Recipient of The Padmashree award, Lifetime Achievement Award on Health and Philanthropy,
  • Mrs. Amina Al Saadi
  • Dr. P K Menon
  • Dr. Malligre Prassanassana


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Khalid Shaikh on Innovation & Entrepreneurship Shark Tank Panel

March 13-14, 2018. Dubai – The Innovation and Entrepreneurship (INEN) elevator pitch assessment, by the Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (EAHM), was a mock Shark Tank experience to assess student’s ability to put their newly acquired design thinking skills by providing them a real-world experience.

“I am truely honored to be a part of judges panel alongwith the co-judges Mr. Sultan Alshaali, Mr. Mario Gay, Dr. Scott Richardson, Dr. Sanjay Nadkarni, Shari Al M, Ameet Dighe, Dr. Michael Newnham, Prof. Donna Haas.
I thank Dr. Stephenie Morris and Dr. Sanjay Nadkarni for inviting me and congratulate them for such a great successful event.” – Khalid Shaikh

Our education system is responsible for preparing young people to build successful lives. They should be ready for the wide range of possibilities ahead of them, including working for others, starting their own ventures, and contributing to their communities. All of these options require a depth of knowledge in their chosen discipline, as well as creative problem solving skills, leadership abilities, experience working on effective teams, and adaptability in an ever-changing environment. It’s no coincidence that these are the same capabilities that employers say they want in college graduates.

To encourage entrepreneurship in students, initiative of Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management offers more practical coursework, blending the theory in the traditional economic literature with the tangible needs of everyday business management with an experiential, hands-on, and action-driven to give students a real-world experience.

These skills are the cornerstones of management education, which explicitly prepares students to identify and address the real challenges and opportunities.

“The skills students gain are critical for the organizations they will join in the future and for society at large. Most important, such entrepreneurship education empowers young people to see the world as opportunity rich, and to craft the lives they dream to live.”


The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management (

The Emirates Academy of Hospitality Management specialises in providing business management degrees with a hospitality focus and aims to become the world’s leading hospitality management school. Located in Dubai, a city that is globally recognised for its hospitality and tourism industry, EAHM is situated in the heart of this hospitality haven right opposite sister properties such as the Burj Al Arab, the world’s most luxurious hotel; Madinat Jumeirah, Dubai’s Arabian Five Star Resort, Wild Wadi Water Park and the multi-award winning Jumeirah Beach Hotel.

EAHM is in academic association with Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne (EHL) in Switzerland, the oldest hospitality school in the world and this association ensures the quality of all the study programmes offered. In addition, EAHM is also accredited by the Ministry of Higher Education and Scientific Research in the United Arab Emirates, the Institute of Hospitality in the United Kingdom and THE-ICE (The International Centre of Excellence in Tourism and Hospitality Education) in Australia. These international accreditations of the study programmes further add to the employability of graduates from EAHM.

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Our CEO takes part in the panel discussion at ‘Innovation in Healthcare’

March 13, 2018. Dubai. – FleishmanHillard organised an informal breakfast and networking session under the name of “Manara” in the Viva Downtown, Mohammed Bin Rashed Boulevard, Dubai. The session was to discuss what innovation could achieve for the healthcare sector and to brainstorm how innovation can improve care and clinic outcomes, while making healthcare better, affordable and more accessible.

Addressing the innovation spirit in the Gulf region, the event started with a keynote speech by Lucy O’Brien, General Manager & Partner at FleishmanHillard, followed by a panel discussion of Anne de Schweinitz, Managing Director, Global Healthcare at FleishmanHillard and Khalid Shaikh, Founder CEO of Prognica.

Prognica was especially invited to be part of the event to share its experiences and challenges facing healthcare, from aging populations, rapidly growing demand for health products and services, severe budget pressures and government reform to global health threats that defy conventional approaches.

Health plans, providers, life sciences companies, and the government are facing rising costs and inconsistent outcomes and technology can be used to develop new products and treatments or otherwise improve care.

Prognica Labs is a promising healthtech company pioneering the artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning driven platform for the early detection of cancer, as evident by key partnerships and collaboration with the healthcare industry and community.

We are proud of our CEO for being part of this successful event.


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