12:29pm Thursday 17 October 2019

New license agreement means surgeons may soon ‘see around corners’

“SickKids has always been at the forefront of developing cutting-edge medical technology,” says Dr. James Wright, Chief of Perioperative Services and Surgeon-in-Chief at SickKids, “This agreement is the first step towards making many surgeries faster and easier and ultimately improving patient outcomes.”

Under the agreement SickKids and EndoPodium will collaborate to create a prototype of an endoscope that will function similar to an umbrella. During minimally invasive laparoscopic surgery, the closed device can be inserted into a small incision and its three arms – each equipped with a camera and a light source – opened once inside the body. The three camera view means a larger viewing field and the ability to reconstruct a 3D scene of the target area.

SickKids’ Centre for Image-Guided Innovation & Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) group developed the idea for the endoscope after collaborating with surgeons, engineers and software developers.

“Currently endoscopes have one or two cameras at most, and require multiple incisions,” says Thomas Looi, CIGITI Project Director,  “This endoscope will give surgeons the ability to see around corners with remarkably better views and 3D real-time images, which ultimately means less time in surgery.”

EndoPodium and SickKids will work in partnership with the University of Toronto to develop and test the prototype.

“We could not ask for a more innovative partner than SickKids,” said John Lyon, President of EndoPodium. “We will now work together to develop the fundamental technology we have licensed into the next-generation visualization platform for minimally invasive surgery.”

Under the terms of the agreement, SickKids will receive an upfront license fee and royalties on sales from any product that is successfully commercialised out of the collaboration. As well, SickKids will enter into a Sponsored Research Agreement with EndoPodium for the development and testing of the working prototype.    

About The Hospital for Sick Children
The Hospital for Sick Children (SickKids) is recognized as one of the world’s foremost paediatric health-care institutions and is Canada’s leading centre dedicated to advancing children’s health through the integration of patient care, research and education. Founded in 1875 and affiliated with the University of Toronto, SickKids is one of Canada’s most research-intensive hospitals and has generated discoveries that have helped children globally.  Its mission is to provide the best in complex and specialized family-centred care; pioneer scientific and clinical advancements; share expertise; foster an academic environment that nurtures health-care professionals; and champion an accessible, comprehensive and sustainable child health system.  SickKids is proud of its vision of Healthier Children. A Better World.™ For more information, please visit www.sickkids.ca.

About the Centre for Image-Guided Innovation & Therapeutic Intervention (CIGITI) at SickKids 
CIGITI’s vision is to bring together surgeons, engineers and software developers from universities and businesses to develop innovative technologies in robotic and minimally invasive surgery. CIGITI is divided into three research themes: imaging, robotics and simulation. For more information, visit www.CIGITI.com.

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