Mateon Announces an Expansion to its Pharmaceutical Manufacturing AI Camera Grid by Including Contact Tracing to Ensure Worker Safety

South San Francisco, California, UNITED STATES

  • TracePoint vision grid will identify workers who came in contact with a sick coworker and alert operational staff.
  • Mateon’s patented AI camera grid system is similar to Amazon’s technology but at a fraction of the cost.
  • TracePoint will deploy a Fever Camera System to continuously monitor for COVID-19.

AGOURA HILLS, Calif., June 08, 2020 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Mateon Therapeutics, Inc. (OTCQB:MATN) – Mateon announced that EdgePoint AI, a division within Mateon, announced its decision to expand its manufacturing AI vision camera grid to encompass a contact tracing application which will monitor the spread of COVID-19 indoors. TracePoint is an upgrade to the EdgePoint manufacturing grid to track contact between workers. The machine vision AI can help enforce social distancing and contact tracking. Mateon’s patented AI camera grid system is similar in scope and features to Amazon’s but at a fraction of the cost making it affordable for Contract Manufacturing Organizations (CMOs). Amazon’s vision grid is deployed in their retail chain, Amazon-Go, to track shoppers, and recently adapted to track contact between workers in warehouses.

TracePoint will identify workers who came in contact with a sick coworker and alert operational staff to take actions defined in standard operational procedures. Procedures may include quarantine for exposed workers and deep disinfection of surfaces exposed to the virus. This will ensure safety, while maintaining cost, by avoiding a plant wide disinfection. The TracePoint system will include Fever Camera System to continuously measure the body temperature of personnel at a fraction of the cost of commercial infrared cameras.

Contact tracing and fever monitoring is an upgrade to Mateon’s AI camera grid system which is being deployed to track men and materials in pharmaceutical manufacturing to streamline GMP manufacturing. Mateon deployments are in collaboration with its partners, IBM and Meridian IT. The company plans to work with health agencies to explore ways to integrate the recently announced Apple-Google mobile apps for contact tracing for keeping drug manufacturing lines pristine. 

“We are launching TracePoint at BIO International Convention as a solution for the manufacturing sector to survey their workforce and ensuring healthy team members,” said Saran Saund, GM of AI Division of Mateon Therapeutics. “GMP manufacturing is an essential business and the heartbeat of the pharmaceutical economy. TracePoint will ensure a streamlined flow of high-quality product by the industry."

The machine generated data from the AI vision grid will be stored in a blockchain ledger, to ensure data integrity, immutability and auditability. The platform has broad application potential across virtually all types of enclosed high traffic areas, including hospitals, nursing homes and grocery stores. 

About Mateon Therapeutics
Mateon was created by the recent reverse merger with Oncotelic which became a wholly owned subsidiary of Mateon Therapeutics Inc. (OTCQB:MATN) creating an immuno-oncology company dedicated to the development of first in class RNA therapeutics as well as small molecule drugs against cancer. OT-101, the lead immune-oncology drug candidate of Mateon/Oncotelic, is a first-in-class RNA therapeutic targeting TGF beta that exhibited single agent activity in some relapsed/refractory cancer patients in clinical trial settings. The founding team members of Oncotelic were responsible for the development of Abraxane as chemotherapeutic agents for breast, lung, melanoma, and pancreatic cancer. Abraxane was approved in 2005 and has more than $1B in sales annually. The same founding team was responsible for the development of Cynviloq, a next generation Abraxane, which was acquired by NantPharma for $1.3B. Mateon/Oncotelic will leverage its deep expertise in oncology and RNA therapeutic drug development to improve treatment outcomes and survival of cancer patients. For more information, please visit and

About EdgePoint AI
EdgePoint AI was established in order to advance the company’s revolutionary cluster-computer platform for AI that processes machine learning models at a fraction of the power and budget of mainstream computing in pharmaceutical manufacturing. The company’s technology solution “TrustPoint” provides an AI computing platform for pharmaceutical and healthcare verticals including blockchain support for manufacturing where data integrity and security are of utmost importance. EdgePoint is composed of a team of executives with pharmaceutical drug development, GMP manufacturing and deep AI knowledge. The team includes Steven King who was the former CEO of Peregrine Pharmaceuticals, Inc. (NASDAQ) and its wholly-owned contract biomanufacturing subsidiary Avid Bioservices, Inc., for over 15 years, during which time the company advanced its lead compound through Phase 3 development, while growing revenues to over $55 million; Seasoned executive, Saran Saund who has been founder, CEO and GM at several startups and public companies for which he returned significant value to shareholders in his startups and chief technology officer; Burcak Beser who has been founder and CTO of several successful private and public companies with over 144 patents during his career.

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