What’s so special about Apollo Endosurgery’s stomach-shrinking weight loss tech?

The Apollo Endosurgery OverStitch Sx endoscopic suturing system [Image courtesy of Apollo Endosurgery]

Apollo Endosurgery — set to be purchased by Boston Scientific for $615 million — develops new devices and minimally invasive procedures for weight loss.

The procedure is called endoscopic sleeve gastroplasty (ESG) and the device that made it possible is the OverStitch endoscopic suturing system.

Austin, Texas-based Apollo Endosurgery first won 510(k) clearance for OverStitch in 2008, with successive clearances for improved designs over the years. Most recently, in July the FDA granted de novo clearance for Apollo Endosurgery’s Apollo ESG, Apollo ESG Sx, Apollo REVISE and Apollo REVISE Sx systems. They’re the first FDA-authorized devices for ESG and endoscopic bariatric revision procedures.

Medical Design & Outsourcing spoke with Apollo Endosurgery Chief Medical Officer Dr. Christo…

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Medtronic and Amazon plan colorectal cancer screenings in underserved communities

Medtronic’s GI Genius intelligent endoscopy module [Image courtesy of Medtronic]

Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) and Amazon (NASDAQ:AMZN) today announced their plans to donate 50 Medtronic GI Genius modules to endoscopy centers serving low-income and underserved communities across the U.S.

One of the goals is to improve the detection of polyps that can lead to colorectal cancer, which is the most common cancer among adults in the U.S. — and the third deadliest.

Fridley, Minnesota-based Medtronic launched the GI Genius intelligent endoscopy module in 2019 and secured FDA authorization for marketing last year. Powered by artificial intelligence, the system automatically detects colorectal polyps of varying shapes and sizes in real-time. Medtronic said the system increases the absolute detection rate by up to 14.4%, with each 1% increase cutting a patient’s risk of colorectal cancer by 3%.

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