Lazurite wins FDA clearance for its wireless camera system for minimally invasive surgery

[Image from Lazurite]Lazurite (formerly Indago) announced today that the FDA cleared its ArthroFree wireless camera system for minimally invasive surgery.

Cleveland-based Lazurite designed the ArthroFree system to incorporate its proprietary low-heat, high-intensity Meridiem light engine technology with advanced camera, battery and wireless transmission technologies and drop-in compatibility with patient data consoles, surgical displays and endoscopes. The company aims for the ArthroFree system to improve operating room productivity, patient safety and economic value.

According to a news release, ArthroFree represents the first and only wireless camera system for minimally invasive surgery to garner FDA clearance. Lazurite announced in January that it was submitting the system for 510(k) clearance.

Lazurite CEO and Co-Founder Eugene Malinskiy called the regulatory nod “the beginning of the operating room of the future.”

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Lazurite to unveil ArthroFree wireless arthroscopic camera system, appoint new execs

Lazurite (formerly Indago) announced that it will present its ArthroFree wireless arthroscopic camera system next week.

Cleveland-based Lazurite will unveil the ArthroFree platform at the annual meeting of the American Orthopedic Society for Sport Medicine (AOSSM) and the Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) at Music City Center in Nashville, Tenn., from July 7 to July 11.

ArthroFree uses Lazurite’s proprietary low heat, high-intensity Meridiem light engine technology with advanced camera, battery and wireless transmission technologies to create what Lazurite touts as the world’s first fully wireless, minimally invasive camera system for the operating room.

The system does not currently hold FDA clearance and is not approved for human use, with Lazurite planning to submit its FDA 510(k) premarket notification in late 2021. Should all go to plan, the company expects to receive approval and commence the product launch in the first ha…

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MedTech 100 roundup: Nearing new highs once again

Having hit a downturn as the summer neared, the medtech industry is now consistently on the rise as June comes to a close.

MassDevice‘s MedTech 100 Index — which includes stocks of the world’s largest medical device companies — finished the week (June 25) at 113.42 points, producing a 2.5% rise from the 110.64-point mark set one week prior (June 18). In all, the industry has risen 5.9% over the past three weeks.

The recent upswing shows no signs of slowing after the industry’s progress came to a halt with a -1.4% dip earlier this month. The index looks set to close in on the 114.58-point mark set in April, marking the industry’s all-time best performance.

Even with some recent setbacks, medtech’s performance continues to reflect an overall rebound from the struggles brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, too. The industry has registered a 22.9% rise from the pre-pandemic high of 92.32 (set on Feb. 19, 2020), plus a 82.6% increase from the mid-pandemic low …

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