MMI surgical robot surpasses 500 clinical cases

[Image from Medical Microinstruments]Medical Microinstruments (MMI) today announced the successful completion of more than 500 in-human surgeries with its surgical robot.

The Symani system aims to address the challenges of microsurgery with its NanoWrist instruments. These instruments help to access and suture small, delicate anatomies. That includes veins, arteries, nerves and lymphatic vessels as small as 0.3mm in diameter. It provides motion scaling and tremor reduction to allow precise micro-movements.

Pisa, Italy-based MMI’s Symani received CE mark in 2019, and the company continues to work on U.S. commercialization. The first-of-its-kind robotic technology enables expanded adoptions for patients in need of sot tissue open surgical procedures.

Now, since its first-in-human cases in October 2020, Symani surpasses the 500-procedure milestone. MMI says it rapidly increases patient access to surgical treatment options as surgeons become more comforta…

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How surgical robotics safety systems prevent patient harm

The Medical Microinstruments Symani surgical robotics system [Photo courtesy of MMI]

Surgical robotics safety systems are likely on the mind of anyone going under the knife of these complex machines.

Reliability, biocompatibility and other standard medical device safety concerns still apply. But a few areas stand out in robotic-assisted surgery, said Mark Toland, CEO at surgical robotics developer Medical Microinstruments (MMI).

“Most of the safety elements that have been incorporated into robotics have really been driven off of the robot connecting to something in the hospital. … The FDA’s more focused in on cybersecurity and then, secondarily, user error,” he said

Before joining Italy-based MMI, Toland was president and CEO of Corindus Vascular Robotics, which he helped sell to Siemens for $1.1 billion in 2019. He recently explained how some robotic surgery safety systems…

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Medtechs can’t set digital strategies aside – DTW Podcast

Digital connectivity no longer belongs in the final slides of a medtech company’s pitch deck.

In the latest DeviceTalks Weekly podcast, three leaders pushing for connected medical devices explain the need to incorporate data collection and monitoring functionality in new devices:

Scott Huennekens, who advanced the “digital surgery” strategy when he helped launch Verb Surgical, says new medtech tools must be connected to provide maximum benefit. In a separate interview on the podcast, Mark Toland, the former CEO of Corindus Vascular Robotics, says medtech companies moving into the surgical robotics space are advancing the model by building digital infrastructures around the surgical system. “Now they’re thinking about the data integration work, they’re thinking about how that translates into artificial intelligence over time,” he said. Also in this podcast, Kal Patel, the CEO and co-founder of BrightInsight, shares the insight he’s bringing to medtech from his pas…
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