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UNICORN is an innovative startup in the healthcare sector focusing on applying artificial intelligence in ultrasound to revolutionize medical diagnosis. Founded by experts in computer engineering and biomedicine, UNICORN has developed its first prototipe, USe (Ultrasound Steatosis Evaluator), an advanced diagnostic solution for liver steatosis in ultrasound that promises to surpass the limitations of traditional diagnostic techniques. UNICORN wants to establish as a leader in AI applications first in the field of ultrasound market and more in general in healthcare with a focus on early diagnosis and AI tool for non-invasive techniques.


Founder

Sergio Giovanni Santoro

is a computer engineer with 20 years of experience in the IT sector. In 2004/2005, he was involved in CAD design of fluid dynamic systems at Veleria Semeraro in Bari. Since 2005, he has been providing strategic and technological consulting at Accenture SpA for insurance and banking clients like Generali SpA, INA-Assitalia, Cattolica Assicurazioni, and telecommunications clients like WIND3. From 2010, he focused on information systems security at AMGAS SpA, now RETE GAS BARI SpA. Between 2010 and 2016, he also provided IT consulting for small businesses in manufacturing, commercial, and medical sectors. In 2016, he joined Eurisko Technology Srl, first as head of IT development and later as head of Research and Development. In 2021, he began an industrial PhD in Public Health Medicine and Oncology at the A. Murri Clinic of the Policlinico of Bari on the ECO.MED project, developing technologies and innovative algorithms in clinical and functional ultrasound imaging. During this time, he studied AI in the medical field and co-invented an AI-based algorithm for diagnosing Hepatic Steatosis via ultrasound. He published the experimental results of the USe project in the European Journal of Internal Medicine: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ejim.2024.03.004.

External advisor

Roberto Wierdis

is an entrepreneur with over 30 years of experience in the medical sector. He started in 1991 as a sole proprietor providing technical assistance for Fujifilm Italia’s radiology equipment. In 1997, his sole proprietorship evolved into Eurisko Technology Snc, and later into an Srl, acting as a partner and agency for Fujifilm Italia, Hitachi Healthcare, Cardioline, and Villa Sistemi Medicali, providing technical assistance, sales, and training for healthcare personnel. He contributed to the creation of the first RIS/PACS system for the Policlinico of Modena and the ASL of Baggiovara, later working on the CTO of Turin and the initial computerization of the ASP of Potenza, which he concluded as Project Manager. Drawing on his experiences in Healthcare IT, he co-founded a development group within Eurisko Technology with Engineer Santoro, focusing on IT solutions for healthcare. This led to the creation of the “Isaac 4 Healthcare” line, which ranges from simple image archiving to telemedicine in Radiology, fully compliant with GDPR.