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Business Wire 13-Feb-2024 8:30 AM
Butterfly Network, Inc. ("Butterfly", "the Company") (NYSE:BFLY), a digital health company transforming care through the power of portable, semiconductor-based ultrasound technology and intuitive software, announced today the commercial launch of its third-generation handheld point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) system, Butterfly iQ3™, which received FDA clearance last month. Butterfly iQ3 is powered by the Company's most advanced semiconductor chip with a data transfer rate that is double that of its predecessor. The result is unparalleled image quality and faster micro-beamforming for advanced 3D capabilities: iQ Slice™ and iQ Fan™.
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The Butterfly iQ3 device featuring a new user-centric ergonomic design that is smaller, lighter and better weight distributed.
"Butterfly iQ3 is a pivotal moment in Butterfly's trajectory, further validating the company's initial hypothesis that semiconductor-based digital ultrasound is not only viable, but the future of all ultrasound," said Joseph DeVivo, Butterfly Network's President, Chief Executive Officer, and Board Chairman. "With the introduction of iQ3, we're witnessing a paradigm shift in ultrasound. iQ3 sets a new standard where digital image quality matches that of traditional handheld devices, and even certain carts. This device will attract more seasoned POCUS experts to choose Butterfly and support new learners to gain confidence and competency through artificial intelligence and advanced imaging tools."
Unparalleled image quality.
Butterfly iQ3 brings best-in-class, high-resolution image quality with twice the processing power compared to Butterfly iQ+ and a novel "no focus" rubber lens, enabling providers to intuitively identify anatomy, observe small structures, and ultimately, make more confident diagnostic decisions. In a blind survey distributed by third-party vendor, Intellisurvey, 475 clinicians across more than eight specialties compared Butterfly iQ3 images to GE Vscan Air™ CL, with the majority across all categories ranking iQ3's overall image quality better than that of GE Vscan Air™ CL.*
"Healthcare is at a cornerstone in the adoption of point-of-care ultrasound. Bedside ultrasound has the potential to vastly increase the information available to clinicians for proper assessment, intervention, and prevention of cardiovascular diseases and other conditions across the human body," said Partho Sengupta, MD, Henry Rutgers Professor and Chief of Cardiology at Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School and Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. "I use Butterfly in my clinical practice and in clinical research. The introduction of Butterfly iQ3 includes a focus on higher precision capabilities for cardiovascular point-of-care ultrasound applications to inform complex decisions. In my early experience, I found that the enhancements in visualization technology and artificial intelligence, as well as image quality will greatly assist health care professionals in our efforts to continually improve outcomes for our patients."
Novel tools: iQ Slice and iQ Fan.
Launching on Butterfly iQ3 are two new, advanced 3D imaging capabilities designed to make image capturing easier: iQ Slice and iQ Fan. These tools join Butterfly's existing robust feature list of over 20 anatomical presets, six imaging modes (B-Mode, M-Mode, Color Doppler, Power Doppler, Pulsed-Wave Doppler, and Biplane Imaging™) and collection of artificial intelligence (AI) and advanced imaging tools (e.g, Auto Bladder Volume Capture, Auto B-Line Counter, NeedleViz™, and a rich set of Calculation tools).
"The next-generation P4.3 chip we developed with TSMC (["Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company Limited", NYSE:TSM), the world's leading semiconductor foundry, is the foundation for the Butterfly iQ3 hardware platform. From the micron-sized MEMS1 that transmit and receive ultrasound to the electronics and mechanical heat dissipation, we've improved device performance across the board. Our customers will have a seamless experience that's fully integrated across hardware, mobile app, and enterprise software." said Andrei Stoica, PhD, Chief Technology Officer, Butterfly Network.
"TSMC has partnered with Butterfly to push the boundaries of ultrasound imaging through innovative CMOS-MEMS2 integration and our latest collaboration in delivery of Butterfly iQ3 represents our joint research and development efforts, resulting in incredibly advanced imaging capabilities," said Lucas Tsai, Senior Director of Market Development and Emerging Business Management, TSMC North America. "TSMC continues to put substantial effort into developing more advanced CMOS and MEMS technologies to enable our customers like Butterfly to unleash semiconductor innovation for applications from traditional motion sensing to microphone, bio-sensing, micro-speakers, and medical ultrasound to enhance human convenience, health, and safety."
The new shape of ultrasound: enhanced comfort and efficiency.
Butterfly iQ3 features a new user-centric ergonomic design that is smaller, lighter and better distributed, and with even stronger battery:
Butterfly Network's Chief Medical Officer, John Martin, MD, concludes, "With Butterfly iQ3, we set out to give clinicians the clear leading solution in point-of-care ultrasound. We built this device to meet the needs of the end user every step of the way, whether they're an advanced scanner or just starting out, and we achieved this. We delivered a probe that will always be ready for them. Immediate boot up to clear imaging, long run time, fit-in-hand comfort, customizable controls, and rapid charging… all at a price that's still below incumbents."
As of today, February 13, 2024, Butterfly iQ3 is now commercially available to healthcare providers in the United States for $3,899 plus membership. To learn more about the Butterfly iQ3 or to purchase, visit: www.butterflynetwork.com/iq3
Butterfly will host a Virtual Launch Event today, February 13, 2024, from 4:30-6:00 pm ET featuring product demonstrations and thought leader discussion: view details and register.
The news follows Butterfly's release of ScanLab™ last month, a separate AI-powered educational application for ultrasound scanning practice that is available for download to all Butterfly members at no additional cost, and is compatible with Butterfly iQ3, as well as prior generations.
About Butterfly Network
Founded by Dr. Jonathan Rothberg in 2011, Butterfly Network is a digital health company with a mission is to democratize medical imaging by making high-quality ultrasound affordable, easy-to-use, globally accessible, and intelligently connected, including for the 4.7 billion people around the world lacking access to ultrasound. Butterfly created the world's first handheld single-probe, whole-body ultrasound system using semiconductor technology, Butterfly iQ. The company has continued to innovate, leveraging the benefits of Moore's Law, to launch its second generation Butterfly iQ+ in 2020, and third generation iQ3 in 2024 – each with increased processing power and performance enhancements. The disruptive technology has been recognized by TIME's Best Inventions, Fast Company's World Changing Ideas, CNBC Disruptor 50, and MedTech Breakthrough Awards, among other accolades. With its proprietary Ultrasound-on-Chip™ technology, intelligent software, and educational offerings, Butterfly is paving the way to mass adoption of ultrasound for earlier detection and remote management of health conditions around the world. Butterfly devices are commercially available to trained healthcare practitioners in areas including, but not limited to, parts of Africa, Asia, Australia, Europe, the Middle East, North America and South America; to learn more about available countries, visit: butterflynetwork.com/choose-your-country.
Endnotes and definitions: *Internal data available upon request.
1MEMS: Micro-Electro-Mechanical systems
2CMOS-MEMS: are micromachined systems in which MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical systems) devices are integrated with CMOS (Complementary Metal-Oxide-Semiconductor) circuitry on a single chip to enable miniaturization and performance improvement.