Legendary guitar maker Paul Reed Smith (founder of PRS Guitars), a team of renowned scientists and physicians, and a former Commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration are launching a new technology to develop enhanced, sharper X-rays while significantly reducing the amount of radiation exposed to patients and medical providers.
The new company, Digital Harmonic™ LLC, has developed a proprietary and patented
image and waveform
technology that aims to revolutionize how the medical community implements x-rays. The company has already raised $5 million and is seeking to raise another $5 million to fund its growth.
The technology is the result of a decade of research that started with Paul Reed
Smith’s late father Jack Smith, an applied mathematician. Combining his
understanding of precision mathematics and physics together with
his son Paul’s understanding of sound and harmonics from guitar making created this revolutionary technology.
“We figured out how to extract previously undetected data out of complex sound
waveforms and then applied that new theory to create remarkably detailed images,”
said Smith. “The potential for the medical community
to be able to get much more precise images is exciting.”
Smith continues: “As a mathematical and physics solution, this image and waveform
technology could truly
revolutionize the practice of medical imaging by providing physicians with images that provide much greater detail. Most existing medical solutions are either chemical, radiation or mechanical. This new approach
proposes a mathematical and physics solution for medicine.”
Digital Harmonic has assembled an advisory board of nationally prominent scientists and medical experts who will help guide the development of its products, including:
- Dr. Andrew C. von Eschenbach, President, Samaritan Health Initiatives Inc.,
former head of the Food and Drug
Administration, former Director, National Cancer Institute;
- William G. Nelson, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Sidney Kimmel Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins Medical Center;
- Theodore DeWeese, M.D. Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology and
Molecular Radiation Sciences,
- John Wong, Ph.D., Professor of Radiation Oncology and Molecular Radiation Sciences, Johns Hopkins;
- Alex Szalay, Ph.D, Professor of Astrophysics and Computer Sciences, Johns Hopkins;
- Srinivasan Yegnasubramanian, Associate Professor of Oncology, Johns Hopkins;
- Elliott McVeigh, Ph.D Professor, Bioengineering, University of California San Diego;
- Paul Reed Smith, General Managing Partner-PRS Guitars and a principal inventor
of the Company’s proprietary
- Michael C. Hibler, MPA, Director of Development, Johns Hopkins.
In addition to developing the technology for increasing image resolution for x-rays,
the company expects
to utilize its patented image, sound and analytic abilities to manufacture products to aid other diagnostic
technologies in addition to x-rays.
Smith said the company’s proprietary technology could also have wide applications in
the defense community, which relies on access to precise image analysis. The company
is currently in contract negotiations with a
major defense contractor for the U.S. Navy.
Digital Harmonic™ LLC commenced operations upon achieving its minimum funding
requirement of $5 million. The company will continue to accept subscriptions for
additional units until it reaches its maximum initial
funding of $10 million. According to a Private Placement Memorandum, each unit is $500,000, which may be fractionalized at the company’s discretion.