USMI to debut Canady surgical robot

The Canady robotic AI surgical system. [Image courtesy of USMI]US Medical Innovations (USMI) today announced plans to display its Canady robotic AI surgical system at the start of next year.

USMI announced the planned debut in collaboration with the Jerome Canady Research Institute for Advanced and Biological Technological Sciences (JCRI-ABTS). They called the announcement “a ground-breaking achievement in surgical and robotic technology.” They plan to unveil the system at the First Global Surgical Oncology Summit in Jerusalem, Israel. It takes place between Jan. 30, 2024, and Feb. 2, 2024.

Canady delivers cold atmospheric plasma (CAP), a three-dimensional, non-contact biometric pulsed electromagnetic field. CAP selectively targets and kills microscopic tumor cells during surgery without damaging non-cancerous surrounding tissue.

The system features a motorized positioning arm, a speech recognition electrosurgical generator called ORLI and a con…

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Two-armed surgical robot prototype targets pediatric brain tumors

The endoscopic brain robot’s arms are each 2.8 mm in diameter and 35 mm long when fully extended. Together, they offer a 43 mm diameter workspace. [Image courtesy of Boston Children’s Hospital]

Researchers say they’ve developed a surgical robot for removing brain tumors in children, and that it could also offer a less invasive, safer option for adult neurosurgery and other procedures.

The trick is using hollow, nitinol robot arms to allow neurosurgeons to swap tools during a tumor resection procedure, said Pierre DuPont. He’s the chief of pediatric cardiac bioengineering at Boston Children’s Hospital, and the corresponding author of a new research paper detailing the potential advantages of a two-armed neuroendoscopic robot.

In an interview with Medical Design & Outsourcing, DuPont traced the project back to conversations with Dr. Jim Drake, chief of neurosurgery at Sick…

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CMR Surgical brings in $165M to support surgical robot

Versius surgical robotics systems [Image courtesy of CMR Surgical]CMR Surgical announced today that it raised a funding round worth $165 million (£133 million) and hit a milestone with its surgical robot.

The Cambridge, UK-based company develops the Versius surgical robotic system. Versius is a small-scale system with collaborative arms and bedside units for direct patient access. It also features freedom of port placement to best suit the needs of each patient. CMR Surgical features on our list of surgical robotics companies you need to know.

According to a news release, the latest round of funding for CMR Surgical was increased due to strong internal demand. All major existing investors, including Ally Bridge Group, Cambridge Innovation Capital, Escala Capital, LGT and its affiliate Lightrock, RPMI Railpen, SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Tencent and Watrium all led the round.

CMR Surgical earmarked the funds to drive continued product innovation, including ne…

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FDA clears Insight Medbotics’ MRI-compatible surgical robot

The IGAR system. [Image courtesy of Insight Medbotics]Insight Medbotics announced today that it received FDA 510(k) clearance for its IGAR MRI-compatible surgical robot system.

Clearance for the Hamilton, Ontario-based company’s robot applies to breast biopsy indications.

The company said IGAR is the first and only robotic system designed to work inside an MRI bore to garner this regulatory clearance. It features adaptability for future products that could move seamlessly across different care environments. Insight Medbotics says that includes moving from an MRI to a standard operating room or a physician’s office.

IGAR demonstrated its safety and efficacy in published clinical studies for breast biopsies. Other potential applications include targeting other organs and disease indications, as well as therapeutic delivery and device placement.

“Our team has long believed in the untapped potential of accessible MRI imaging, artificial…

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How Noah Medical’s robotic Galaxy system goes deep into the lungs

Noah Medical’s Galaxy system for lung biopsy uses a robotic bronchoscope to reach and sample for suspected cancers deep in a patient’s lungs.

But the brightest star in the Galaxy system isn’t that disposable, robotic scope, but rather Noah Medical’s tool-in-lesion tomosynthesis (TiLT) technology, designed to help surgeons retrieve samples that will provide a definitive answer from the pathology lab.

Medical Design & Outsourcing spoke with Noah Medical VP of Engineering John Shen to learn more about how the system works, how it was developed, and potential applications of the technology.

Noah Medical VP of Engineering John Shen [Photo courtesy of Noah Medical]

“Robotic systems are hellishly complex,” Shen said. “There are many, many, many systems or components that in their own right are complex devices, and they all need to be working together …
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Vicarious Surgical plans for in-human surgical robot trials next year, posts Q2 EPS miss

[Beta 2 surgical robotics system image courtesy of Vicarious Surgical]Vicarious Surgical (NYSE:RBOT) shares dipped this morning on second-quarter results despite a positive update on its surgical robot.

Shares of RBOT fell 2.9% to $1.69 apiece in midday trading today. MassDevice’s MedTech 100 Index — which includes stocks of the world’s largest medical device companies — stayed even.

The company failed to beat Wall Street expectations but shared good news on the regulatory process for its surgical robot platform. Vicarious Surgical’s approach uses proprietary human-like surgical robots. It transports surgeons inside the patient to perform minimally invasive surgery.

In April, Vicarious completed a design freeze for its Version 1.0 (V1.0) system. Integration and the build of system units remain on track for fall 2023.

Having received some input from the FDA, Vicarious Surgical expects to begin first-in-human trials in mid-2024. The c…

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Surgeons perform first robotic liver transplant in U.S.

Adeel Khan operates a surgical robot. Khan and a team in St. Louis recently performed the first robotic liver transplant in the U.S. [Image courtesy of Katie Gertler/Washington University]

Surgeons at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis said they recently completed the first robotic liver transplant in the U.S.

The team successfully performed the transplant in May utilizing minimally invasive robotic surgery at Barnes-Jewish Hospital. According to the university’s website, the smaller incision results in less pain and faster recoveries. Meanwhile, the precision capabilities of surgical robotics enabled the team to perform “one of the most challenging abdominal procedures.”

According to the university, the 60-year-old man who received the transplant had liver cancer and cirrhosis caused by hepatitis C. He is currently doing well and has resumed normal, daily activities.…

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Four-armed surgical robotics system taps a surgeon’s feet for controls

By Brianna Wessling at The Robot Report

A surgeon can control two of this four-armed surgical robotics system’s arms with their hands and the other two with their feet. [Photo courtesy of EPFL]

Researchers at EPFL, a public research university in Lausanne, Switzerland, have developed a four-armed surgical robotics system that allows surgeons to perform laparoscopic surgeries by controlling two of the robotic arms using haptic foot interfaces. The results were published in The International Journal of Robotics Research.

The research was a collaboration between the research group REHAssist and the Learning Algorithms and Systems Laboratory (LASA). It was led by EPFL Ph.D. students Jacob Hernandez and Walid Amanhoud, who developed a system that allows surgeons to control two robotic arms using haptic foot interfaces with five degrees of freedom. In this setup, each of the surgeon’s hands controls a ma…

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First U.S. procedure conducted with Noah Medical surgical robot

The Galaxy System. [Image courtesy of Noah Medical]Noah Medical announced the first use of its Galaxy surgical robot system in the U.S., marking the platform’s commercial release.

San Carlos, California-based Noah Medical received FDA clearance for the Galaxy system in March. The system provides bronchoscopic visualization and access. These capabilities provide diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in patient airways.

Galaxy features advanced imaging technologies that provide real-time location updates for potentially cancerous lesions. Noah Medical designed the technology to improve tool-in-lesion and diagnostic yield.

Dr. Kyle Hogarth conducted the first U.S. procedure at the University of Chicago Medicine.

“The Galaxy System is the first robot for peripheral lung navigation that includes integrated imaging, which is the solution bronchoscopists have been asking for,” said Hogarth. “We are excited to be the first hospital in the United States…

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Moon Surgical raises $55.4M to support surgical robot platform, names Fred Moll board chair

The Maestro surgical robot. [Image courtesy of Moon Surgical]Moon Surgical announced today that it raised $55.4 million and appointed a surgical robotics veteran as the chair of its board.

The French-American company develops the Maestro system to support surgeons in soft tissue surgical procedures. The platform acts as a robotic surgical assistant to augment the precision and control of laparoscopic surgery.

Moon Surgical’s small, adaptable system can integrate into existing clinical workflows. It features capabilities that bolster operating room efficiency and allow for alternative labor models.

The company earmarked its latest fundraising to support the continued development and planned commercialization for Maestro. Moon Surgical received FDA 510(k) clearance for Maestro in December 2022, followed by CE mark last month. In June 2022, Moon Surgical completed a $31.3 million Series A fundraising.

Sofinnova Partners co-led …

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Noah Medical reports positive data for surgical robot

The Galaxy System. [Image courtesy of Noah Medical]Noah Medical today announced positive accuracy results from a study of its Galaxy System surgical robot platform.

San Carlos, California-based Noah Medical designed Galaxy and its accessories to provide bronchoscopic visualization and access. These capabilities provide diagnostic and therapeutic procedures in patient airways.

The system features advanced imaging technologies that provide real-time location updates for potentially cancerous lesions. Noah said in a news release that it designed the technology to improve tool-in-lesion and diagnostic yield.

Galaxy received FDA clearance in March of this year. Last week, Noah Medical raised $150 million to support its surgical robot platform.

The MATCH study tested the “tool-in-lesion” accuracy of the Galaxy System. Noah Medical published results for review in the Journal of Bronchology & Interventional Pulmonology.

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Asensus Surgical unveils next-gen Luna surgical robot platform

The Luna platform. [Image courtesy of Asensus Surgical]Asensus Surgical (NYSE:ASXC) announced today that it introduced a next-generation surgical robot platform called “Luna.”

Research Triangle Park, North Carolina-based Asensus designed luna as an integrated digital surgery solution. It features a next-generation surgical platform and instruments, plus real-time intraoperative clinical intelligence. Its final component, a secure cloud platform, applies machine learning to deliver clinical insights.

Altogether, the Luna platform enables Asensus’ vision of performance-guided surgery, according to a news release.

The company’s unveiling comes on the heels of two major steps contributing to its progress in surgical robotics. Last week, the company announced a collaboration with Google Cloud on the machine learning aspect of its platform. Two days later, the company announced plans to work with Karl Storz on the marketing and development…

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