Proscia is moving its HQ from Baltimore to Philly - Baltimore


Apr. 13, 2018 12:15 pm

Proscia is moving its HQ from Baltimore to Philly

The digital pathology startup will be completing the move within a few weeks.

Proscia's team.

(Courtesy photo)

This post was updated at 2 p.m. on 4/16/18.

Proscia started off the year with a series of partnerships that will help expand its digital pathology platform, as well as new hires. The startup is also moving.

Within a few weeks, the company is planning to relocate its headquarters and entire team from Baltimore to Philadelphia, CEO David West said this week. The transition is underway, as some team members have already relocated and new engineering hires are also located in Philly. While hiring, West said it became apparent that Philly was a good market for deep learning talent.

“It made more sense to make those hires in Philly,” West said, adding that it would move the startup closer to the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel. Among the recent additions to the team is deep learning engineer Rajath Soans, who came to Proscia from Drexel.

West is originally from the Philadelphia area. He founded the company while studying as an undergraduate at Johns Hopkins University with Coleman Stavish, Hunter Jackson and Nathan Buchbinder. Along with the founding and work to develop the product at Hopkins, it built ties in Baltimore through an office in Spark Baltimore and investors, as well. The startup now has an 11-member team with a presence on the West Coast, as well.

The company’s platform is designed to apply bringing machine learning techniques to pathology, which is the field that involves diagnosing cancer and other conditions by studying tissue samples taken during a biopsy. This was a field that mostly involved specialists looking through a microscope, and could result in inaccuracies. Applying technology can also help a field that has a shortage of workers, West said.

It’s one a group of startups with ties to Johns Hopkins bringing new approaches to medical fields that have long been using manual processes.

With partnerships, Proscia has begun to expand use cases as it aims for its software to become what West called the operating system for pathology. With increasing use of scanners that digitize medical images and technology that allows slides to be analyzed on digital displays, Prosica’s platform provides analysis and workflow tools that can be used while the image of the sample is being diagnosed.


“The workflow is designed in such a way that it’s supposed to be seamless. Rather than reviewing a slide under a microscope, you’re now reviewing it under a computer system,” West said.

A partnership announced this week with Toronto-based Proteocyte AI involves using Proscia’s software to predict the risk of the progression of oral cancer. In that case, Proscia’s software would form the backbone of the lab’s analysis and workflow, while integrating the company’s algorithm that can detect specific biomarkers.

Another partnership moves Proscia into the field of diagnosing skin disorders, called dermatopathology. Proscia signed an agreement to provide its software at a large lab, whose name was undisclosed, which is focused on this area.

UPDATE (4/16/18, 2:00 p.m.): Proscia will maintain a presence in Baltimore, board member David West Sr. said. Over the next year, the transition will see about 70 percent of the team located in Philly, with 30 percent in Baltimore.

“We will maintain a presence in Baltimore and keep aggressive ties to a top talent pool and maintain close connections to some of the nation’s top medical institutions in the greater Baltimore/DC area,” said West Sr.

You must appreciate accurate, relevant and productive community journalism.  Support this sort of work from professional reporters with seasoned editors.  Become a member for $12 per month
Companies: Proscia
Already a member? Sign in here
Connect with companies from the community
New call-to-action


On the Market: Senior software engineer roles and more tech job openings in Baltimore

Following Boston accelerator, Pinkaloo launches charitable giving pilot with Eastern Bank

This Annapolis fintech startup wants to make it easier for banks to work with cannabis businesses



How law firm Nemphos Braue is guiding startups along the new business learning curve



Senior Software Engineer

Apply Now
Baltimore, MD 21201

14 West

Junior Database Administrator

Apply Now
Baltimore, MD


Account Executive (Baltimore)

Apply Now

5 questions with Chris Jeschke: Inside the technical decision points that are taking Protenus to scale

Hungry Harvest merges with North Carolina-based ugly produce delivery company

5 questions with Josh Budman: Applying neural networks in medical imaging at Tissue Analytics



Building a data acquisition system? Don’t make this mistake



Vice President of Business Development

Apply Now

emocha Mobile Health

Software Engineer

Apply Now

RackTop Systems

API Guru

Apply Now

Sign-up for daily news updates from Baltimore

Do NOT follow this link or you will be banned from the site!