Kitware Teams to Create the National Alliance for Medical Image Computing

October 10, 2004

Kitware Inc., a high-tech software company specializing in imaging, 3D graphics, and visualization, is part of a team awarded one of four grants by the National Institutes of Health (NIH) dedicated to advancing biomedical research. In a highly-competitive review process, the NIH awarded four prestigious National Centers of Biomedical Computing (NCBCs) to “develop and implement the core of a universal computing infrastructure that is urgently needed to speed progress in biomedical research. The centers will create innovative software programs and other tools that enable the biomedical community to integrate, analyze, model, simulate, and share data on human health and disease.” Members of the winning team include Brigham and Womens Hospital, MIT, Harvard, Mass General Hospital, Kitware, GE Research, Georgia Tech, Dartmouth, UC San Diego, UCLA, the University of Utah, the University of North Carolina Chapel Hill, and Isomics, Inc. The grant awards for the four NCBCs total $79.7 million dollars over a five year period.

The winning team has chosen to call its Center the National Alliance for Medical Imaging Computing (NAMIC). NAMIC will develop software tools for the analysis and visualization of medical image data. Kitware’s role will be to bring its expertise in high-performance scientific computing to support NAMIC’s software development infrastructure and to help engineer advanced computational solutions. More information is available at

Kitware, Inc. is a leading software development company providing products and services in the areas of medical image analysis, visualization and 3D graphics, supercomputing, computer vision, open publication, and software quality process. Kitware is known for its advanced open source software tools such as the widely used Visualization Toolkit (VTK), Insight Segmentation and Registration Toolkit (ITK), and the CMake build management software. Established in 1998, Kitware is rapidly growing to support top research and development clients around the world; including such prestigious customers as the US National Labs (Sandia, Los Alamos, Livermore, and Argonne), the National Institutes of Health, the Army and Air Force Research labs, and a variety of academic, commercial and governmental research labs. Our commercial customers range from Fortune 500 oil and gas companies to small medical imaging start ups.

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