Event Schedule:

12:00-12:05 | Welcome

12:05-12:15 | Pitch & Brainstorm Questions

12:15-12:20 | Open Q & A

12:20-12:40 | Brainstorm

12:40-12:45 | Feedback & Closing

WAVED Medical - Developing a Solution to the Early Detection of Breast Cancer

Wednesday, February 15, 2023                                      12:00 - 12:45pm EST via Zoom


Andre Khalil, M.S., Ph.D. & Kendra Batchelder, M.S. Ph.D. candidate


About the Event

Most women diagnosed with breast cancer do not have a recognizable risk factor and cannot be identified as high-risk by medical professionals prior to cancer onset using classical risk assessments. As a result, these women do not receive enhanced surveillance, supplemental imaging, or risk reduction methods to prevent an invasive cancer diagnosis. WAVED Medical provides an image-based risk assessment product for mammography.

The software's objective is to allow medical professionals to identify women whose breast tissue composition puts them at higher risk for developing invasive cancer. More high-risk patients could be discovered in a screening setting and receive preventive care. The software aims to identify and quantify the amount of dense tissue that demonstrates randomness and lack of organization, which are known to be linked to cancer dynamics. Risky areas of dense breast tissue are highlighted on the mammogram. The amount of risky dense tissue is entered into a traditional risk model to stratify risk for medical professionals so medical guidelines can be followed.

Join this interactive brainstorm as Andre and Kendra seek to address some of WAVED Medical's innovation challenges as they hope to bring the product to market with the goal of identifying more high-risk patients and getting them the care they need.

Learn more about WAVED Medical 


Meet Andre & Kendra


Andre and Kendra hold two US-issued and one EU-issued patents on improved methods of cancer detection and are the co-founders of WAVED Medical LLC.

Andre Khalil is the founding director of the CompuMAINE Lab at the University of Maine, Orono, Maine. He received his B.S. and M.S. degrees in Mathematics from Concordia University, Montreal (1996, 1999), and his Ph.D. degree in Mathematics and Astrophysics from Université Laval, Québec (2004). He was a postdoctoral fellow with The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor, Maine (2004-2005). He was then a Professor of Mathematics at UMaine (2005-2017). He is currently a Professor of Biomedical Engineering at UMaine (2018-present). Andre has coauthored over 80 publications.

Kendra Batchelder is a candidate for a Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Studies from the University of Maine. Kendra attended the University of Maine and graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Secondary Education and Mathematics (2011). She entered the Mathematics graduate program at the University of Maine in the fall of 2011.  After receiving her degree, Kendra began pursuing her Interdisciplinary Ph.D. in Computational Biomedicine and expects to graduate this year. She has published several papers over image-analysis of mammograms.


About the Innovation Blender Series

The Innovation Blender offers participants an opportunity to connect with stakeholders and potential users from MaineHealth, The Roux Institute at Northeastern University, and the Maine innovation/entrepreneurial ecosystem! This is a learning opportunity for innovators and entrepreneurs to receive insights and instant feedback to support early innovations and new start-ups. 

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