Cuyahoga Falls-based Nanotronics Imaging garnered national media attention last week with prominent mention in a New York Times article.

Founded in 2008 by father-son duo John and Matthew Putnam, Nanotronics Imaging developed the nPATH microscope system for easy scanning of pathology slides and tissues. Here’s an excerpt from the article.

In a lab at Columbia University Medical Center, Matthew Putman shows how software can speed the work of a human pathologist. Dr. Putman specializes in the design of advanced polymers. However, his research requires advanced imaging software, and that has led to the development of new computerized analysis tools.

“You will still see some labs in this building that use manual inspection,” he said. In a neurology lab here, for example, slices of a mouse brain a single cell thick are placed on microscope slides. “People here bend over microscopes, find the hippocampus and take images of it,” he said. “To do one slice can take a day.” In contrast, his nSPEC pattern recognition software can automatically scan 12 slides and generate the same results in just 15 minutes, he said. The software can be trained to identify a wide variety of biological structures ranging from neurons in the brain to pathogens.

Dr. Putman’s firm, Nanotronics Imaging, in Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio, is collaborating with Jamaica Hospital Medical Center in Queens in a trial study using the software to automatically identify squamous cell abnormalities typically found in a Pap test. Typically the test requires that a laboratory technician examine at least 5,000 cells.

“Our idea is to bring it in to the patient,” he said. “You automatically run the Pap test — you run it, you screen it and get results right there.”