The New Jersey-based company BiologicTx has developed an advanced software, called MatchGrid, that provides doctors and clinicians with the tools necessary to rapidly and accurately match living organ donors with patients who have willing, healthy, but incompatible donors. In short, if you have an incompatible donor, their organ could be given to someone else who is compatible, and you are given an organ from someone who is compatible with you. This creates what is called a transplant chain, which can consists of multiple donors and recipients. The software use advanced algorithms and can within minutes evaluate all potential matches based on hundreds of different immunological, genetic and demographic criteria, while aiming to create longer chains of harder-to-match people.
Each year, the number of people on the waiting list continues to grow, while the number of donations and transplants are steady. The innovative software by BiologicTx provides a powerful solution that creates a marketplace based on altruism. It optimize the number of transplants for a given pool of donors and recipients, ensuring the maximum number of transplant for the most difficult people to match, while saving transplant centers months of work. More importantly, the powerful digital health tool could help thousands of people get a lifesaving treatment and potentially significantly reduce the ever-increasing waiting list.
MatchGrid was created by David Jacobs, the Chief Technology Officer of BiologixTx, who came up with the idea after he underwent a kidney transplant at CPMC in 2003. He realized that there were many potential donors who were being lost to the system because they did not match their friend or loved one. His first-hand understanding of the despair of waiting for a donor organ, and how life changing it is to receive one, turned into this innovative idea, and only three months after undergoing the kidney transplant he started building the software.