Dr. Brian Wandell, Director of the Center for Cognitive and Neurobiological Imaging at Stanford University, recognized a number of years ago that the growth and complexity of research data sets posed a challenge: labs needed a better way to carry out advanced medical imaging research. In response to this need, Wandell partnered with his colleague, Gunnar Schaefer, to develop a system that captures images from MRI scanners, organizes and curates the images into a database, and provides users with a web interface for viewing and sharing the data. The result was so successful that other collaborators leaving Stanford wanted to take the system with them. Wandell and Schaefer knew they had something that could fill a real need and help accelerate imaging research and collaboration world-wide.
In 2015, Wandell and Schaefer partnered with Minnesota-based Invenshure to create a product from the idea born at Stanford. Since then, Flywheel has grown into a comprehensive solution for life sciences, clinical research, imaging research, and artificial intelligence (AI) developers to manage their research workflows.
As healthcare continues to evolve and innovative care models become more of a reality, the need for scalable data management and a collaborative approach to research are critical. By leveraging cloud scalability and automating research workflows, Flywheel is helping improve scientific collaboration and accelerate discoveries that will change the way healthcare is delivered to patients around the world.