February 23, 2018

Hologic partners with Minnesota firm on athlete body composition system

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Hologic's Marlborough location.

Medical technology firm Hologic is teaming up with the University of Minnesota to help coaches and professional trainers tailor athletes' bodies to their specific sport or position.

The agreement has Hologic as the exclusive provider of Dexalytics, a Minnesota company borne out of research from the University of Minnesota that offers cloud-based software to provide measurements beyond traditional data of body fat.

Financial terms of the agreement, announced Thursday, were not disclosed.

Together with Hologic's Horizon DXA system, the companies hope to be able to compare the body composition of athletes against predetermined sport and position-specific standards, helping trainers and medical professionals target their work and identify baseline body types when returning from injuries and understand how the human body changes over the course of a sports season

The Dexalytics software was developed in the College of Education and Human Development at the university after more than 30 years of body composition research, including work on professional and collegiate athletes.

This is a new target customer for Marlborough-based Hologic, which has primarily dealt with women's health and breast health, said Pete Valenti, the company's breast and skeletal health president.

"This partnership presents an opportunity for our best-in-class technology to be used in impactful ways with new audiences, and helps differentiate elite athletic programs on the collegiate and professional levels by providing them with this cutting-edge tool to set their organizations and players apart from the pack," he said.

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