Nashville-based Virtuoso Surgical will receive the grant over the next two years. The funds support its robotic surgery system that utilizes a new scale of robotic tools and maneuvers in endoscopic surgery.
Virtuoso designed its system with two robotically controlled, needle-sized manipulators working from the tip of a rigid endoscope. That endoscope comes in at less than half the diameter of a U.S. dime. The scope is smaller than current endoscope hardware, the company says, and the manipulators are 1mm in diameter. It also features a camera, tissue grasper, retractor, tissue snare, laser aiming manipulator and electrosurgical tools.
The system previously demonstrated feasibility in animal, cadaver and tissue model studies. Virtuoso Surgical featured in our list of 16 companies you need to know in the space.