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Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: MSCA-ITN-ETN | Phase: MSCA-ITN-2015-ETN | Award Amount: 3.96M | Year: 2016

WiBEC (Wireless In-Body Environment Communications) is an Innovative Training Network for 16 young researchers, who will be recruited and trained in coordinated manner by Academia, Industry, and Medical Centres. This training will address the Social, Health, and Technology challenges of the H2020:Wireless In-Body Devices. WiBECs main objective is to provide high quality and innovative doctoral training to develop the wireless technologies for novel implantable devices that will contribute to the improvement in quality and efficacy of healthcare. Two devices will be used as a focus for the individual researchers projects; cardiovascular implants and ingestible capsules to investigate gastro intestinal problems. These devices will enable medical professionals to have timely clinical information at the point of care. The medical motivation is to increase survival rates and improvement of health outcomes with easy and fast diagnosis and treatment. The goal for homecare services is to improve quality of life and independence for patients by enabling ambient assisted living (AAL) at home. In this particular ETN, inter-sectoral and multi-discipline work is essential, as the topic requires cooperation between medical and engineering institutions and industry. This aspect is fulfilled with the participation of two reference hospitals, two medical device manufacturers and three top ranked universities in Europe, covering complementary aspects of the in-body wireless device field. Concerning future employment perspectives; surgery and medical assistance is rapidly becoming more technological than it is today, and a large number of experts combining engineering and medical skills will be required in Europe to enable novel paradigms like AAL to be realised. The ESRs who join this ETN will acquire diverse skills that will enable them to occupy privileged positions to join and promote EU leadership in ICT for Health.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: H2020 | Program: IA | Phase: ICT-24-2015 | Award Amount: 3.05M | Year: 2015

The EndoVESPA project (Endoscopic Versatile robotic guidancE, diagnoSis and theraPy of magnetic-driven soft-tethered endoluminAl robots) aims at developing an integrated robotic platform for the navigation of a soft-tethered colonoscope capable of performing painless diagnosis and treatment. Colorectal cancer is one of the major causes of mortality but survival rate dramatically increase in case of early diagnosis. Current screening colonoscopy is limited due to a variety of factors including invasiveness, patient discomfort, fear of pain, and the need for sedation; these factors consistently limit the pervasiveness of mass screening campaigns. Built around a novel robotic colonoscope and designed to make its use straightforward for the endoscopist and ideal for mass screening, the EndoVESPA system has the potential to introduce in the clinical practice a disruptive new paradigm for painless colonoscopy. EndoVESPA combines a front-wheel magneticdriven approach for active and smooth navigation with diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities for overcoming the limitations of current colonoscopy in terms of patient discomfort, dependence on operator skills, costs and outcomes for the healthcare systems. The acceptance and consolidation of robotics in the medical domain and the evergrowing development of endoscopicdriven technologies are the fundamental building blocks for the realization of the EndoVESPA platform which can take advantage of solid and IPR protected technologies provided by the Project Partners. Aim of the EndoVESPA Project is to bring the system to the market for an extensive clinical use. The EndoVESPA Consortium is a unique blend of internationally recognized European pioneers (in all the involved disciplines), which will guarantee a dramatic leap forward in the current technology through successful implementation in terms of scientific innovation, industrial engineering, certification, market analysis, and ultimately clinical deployment.


Patent
Ovesco Endoscopy Ag | Date: 2014-03-11

A surgical implant-cutting instrument of the bipolar type, operated with direct current, is disclosed, with an instrument head which is located at the distal end of an instrument shank and which is provided for minimally invasive insertion of the instrument into a patients body, wherein at least two mutually opposing instrument branches, preferably of the linear type, are arranged on the instrument head and between them define a cutting gap for receiving an electrically conductive implant or implant section between them. According to the invention electrodes are formed on the mutually facing longitudinal sides of the branches or these are each equipped with at least one electrode, which electrodes are in turn shaped at their mutually facing longitudinal sides to form a cutting edge in order to effect a quasi linear or punctiform physical contact engagement with the electrically conductive implant or implant section for an electrical short circuit of the mutually opposing electrodes.


Patent
Ovesco Endoscopy AG | Date: 2012-11-20

An endoscope-like implanting instrument includes an endoscope cap having a holding and withdrawing means for a tissue clip adapted to be slipped onto an expanding sleeve of the endoscope cap. The endoscope cap has a front groove opening at the front edge of the sleeve. A withdrawing thread radially crosses the front groove at an axial front cap portion. The endoscope-like implanting instrument further includes a tissue grasping means being shiftably inserted into the working channel for manually grasping and drawing the tissue inside the endoscope cap. A clamping means is integrally arranged inside the endoscope cap in axial extension to the working channel, holding a capsule-like device and connected with the tissue clip via a thread, band or string such that the capsule-like device will be automatically detached by the grasping means when being manually actuated for tissue grasping.


Patent
Ovesco endoscopy AG | Date: 2013-03-18

What is disclosed is an endoscopic surgical instrument with a hose-shaped outside jacket, in which a likewise hose-shaped inside jacket is supported relatively displaceable, on whose distal end section a sleeve or shaft-shaped instrument head is formed or mounted. In the instrument head is fixed a needle-shaped RF electrode electrically-insulated, whose electrical supply line is routed through the inside jacket, and which projects freely beyond the distal end of the instrument head in the axial direction. In the instrument head is formed a flush channel, extending at least axially, opening at both instrument head ends.


Patent
Ovesco Endoscopy AG | Date: 2012-05-09

The present invention refers to a surgical clip or anchor comprising a closed ring integrally made from a elastic sheet material having a plurality of tissue grasping portions each formed with at least one tooth or a row of teeth extending substantially radial or parallel with each other in the direction to the inside of the ring and a plurality of elastically deformable hinge portions located between two neighbouring grasping portions when seen in the circumferential direction. Each hinge portion has a curvature extending in the direction to the inside of the ring, which means opposite to the basic radius of the ring such that cavities are formed at the circumference of the ring. At least one of said grasping portions and said hinge portions are provided with an additional or auxiliary tooth or an additional or auxiliary teeth row each extending in the direction to the inside of the ring and superimposed by an inclination (smaller than tangential direction but greater than radial direction) in the direction to the adjacent other one of said hinge portions and grasping portions.


Patent
Ovesco Endoscopy AG | Date: 2012-10-25

A magnetic guiding device (robotics) for an intracorporeal object includes a motor-driven positioning device having a maximum of three degrees of freedom to be activated for translational motion of a connecting interface of the positioning device to which a magnetic end effector is connected or connectable, the latter including a maximum of two degrees of freedom to be activated for rotational motion of a magnetic field generator. At least one of the two degrees of freedom of the magnetic end effector is encased in an effector housing.


Patent
Ovesco Endoscopy AG | Date: 2013-05-29

What is disclosed is an endoscope-like implanting instrument having an endoscope cap comprising a holding and withdrawing means for a tissue clip (4) adapted to be slipped onto an expanding sleeve (3) of the endoscope cap(1), said endoscope cap (1) hasa front groove (7) opening at the front edge of the expanding sleeve (3) and slitting open the cap sheath wall on both sides, as well as a withdrawing thread of tissue (11) radially crossing the front groove (7) at an axial front cap portion and movably being introduced or adapted to be introduced into an endoscope channel forming a working channel or being separate to the working channel of the instrument for operating the same at a radial inner face of the endoscope cap (1) wherein said endoscope-like implanting instrument further comprises a tissue grasping means being shiftably inserted into the working channel for manually grasping and drawing the tissue inside the endoscope cap (1). According to the inventiona clamping means is provided which is intergrally arranged inside the endoscope cap (1) especially the expanding sleeve (3) in axial extension to the working channel, holding a capsule-like devicebeing connected with the tissue clip (4) via a thread, band or string such that the capsule-like device will be automatically detached by said grasping means when being manually actuated for tissue grasping.


Grant
Agency: Cordis | Branch: FP7 | Program: CP | Phase: ICT-2007.3.6 | Award Amount: 11.21M | Year: 2008

ARAKNES stems from the innovative idea to transfer the technologies of bi-manual laparoscopic surgery to the endoluminal surgical approach, thus further reducing the operative trauma and enhancing the therapeutic outcome of minimally invasive surgical procedures for morbid obesity and gastro-esophageal reflux. The worldwide number of bypass surgeries for obesity is predicted to rise up to 1.3 million by 2015, hence the social and industrial impact of ARAKNES is considerable. In particular, European health-systems can benefit from major reductions in costs and hospitalisation periods, the effects of which translate directly to improvements in the quality of life for many EU citizens.\nThrough SandT excellence in micro-robotics and micro-system technologies, ARAKNES will facilitate the combination of current state-of-the-art and breakthrough innovations focusing on integrated micro-nano-bio-info devices. Specifically ARAKNESS will exploit the convergence of:\n- established laparoscopic techniques;\n- over 20 years of clinical experience with robotic and computer assisted surgery;\n- the maturity of micro-, nano- and bio-technologies;\n- the trend towards wireless, wearable and swallowable devices.\nThis combination enables the conception of a comprehensive micro-robotic based smart operating system for advanced endoluminal surgery, which will reform established endoluminal techniques.\nThe objectives and impact of ARAKNES are broad and ambitious. Consequently, they require a 4-year European project in the format of an IP managed by a strong and committed Consortium. The ARAKNES Consortium is a unique blend of European pioneers in all the involved disciplines (surgery, robotics, information technologies, micro- and nano-technologies) which have the vision, the commitment and the capabilities to make ARAKNES successful in terms of scientific innovation, industrial demonstrations and, ultimately, clinical application.


Patent
Ovesco Endoscopy AG | Date: 2015-11-05

The disclosure relates to a spacer in the form of an attachment (15) to be mounted to an endoscope (1), said attachment being formed like a cap, enclosing a spatial volume (16) and being made of an insulating material. The attachment (15) is further equipped with a mounting device/adapter (6) designed to be coupled to a distal end of the endoscope (1). The attachment (15) comprises an area (11) designed to be in contact with a target tissue and further forms an aperture (12) enclosing a surface area (12a). Within the spatial volume, there is arranged an electrode (9) comprising a distal (9b) and a proximal (9a) end, the distal (9b) end of the electrode (9) having a predetermined minimum distance to the closest point of the surface area (12a).

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