Interventional Systems announces endourology venture with surgical robot tech

A robot-assisted PCNL procedure. [Image courtesy of Interventional Systems/LARC Robotics]Interventional Systems announced a new venture — called LARC Robotics — aimed at using surgical robotics for percutaneous renal access.

Austria-based Interventional Systems said the unit simplifies percutaneous renal access in percutaneous nephrolithotomy (PCNL) procedures. This minimally invasive surgical technique helps to manage kidney stones.

The company said in a news release that Dr. Udo Nagele led the first surgeries at Landeskrankenhaus Hall Hospital in Austria. It plans to spend the coming months validating technical and clinical claims in both the U.S. and Europe.

Interventional Systems launched this venture just two weeks after a personnel change in its C-suite.

New CEO Pedro Costa said the company launched LARC Robotics “after understanding the market need.” Its robot simplifies gaining renal access as it allows for targeting under real-ti…

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Surgical robot maker Interventional Systems names new CEO amid leadership changes

Pedro Costa (left) and Dr. Michael Vogele (right) with the company’s Micromate robotic platform. [Image courtesy of Interventional Systems]Miniature surgical robot developer Interventional Systems announced a number of executive changes including a switch in the corner office.

Dr. Michael Vogele, who founded Interventional Systems, intends to step down as CEO. The company tabbed former chief product officer Pedro Costa to succeed him. Additionally, the company named Srdjan Milosavljevic chief technology officer (CTO). Milosavljevic led Interventional Systems’ R&D team previously.

The two new appointments join co-founder and CFO, Thomas Pfeifer, and COO Patrick Lambardt, in the company’s C-suite.

In a blog posted on the company’s website, Interventional Systems’ said Vogele’s mark goes beyond that of a founder and CEO.

“Michael set the tone for what would be the company’s key values: a restless love for al…

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Interventional Systems wins FDA clearance for miniature surgical robot

[Image from Interventional Systems]Interventional Systems announced today that it received FDA 510(k) clearance for its Micromate robot for percutaneous procedures.

Kitzbühel, Austria-based Interventional Systems developed Micromate as a table-mounted medical robot for interventional procedures, touting it as the world’s smallest robot for those of the percutaneous kind, according to a news release.

Micromate uses a universal instrument guidance platform that allows physicians to continue using their preferred surgical instruments while performing targeting under live imaging through any cone-beam computerized tomography (CT), fluoro CT or a fluoroscope.

The company said it plans to launch its operations in the U.S. in the second half of 2021 through the launch of centers of excellence for robotic-guided interventional procedures. It also plans to establish commercial partnerships with third parties seeking robotic offerings for their customers.

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