Virtual Incision Corporation has developed a smaller robot for minimally invasive surgeries.
The company is a privately-held medical device company focused on developing an advanced miniaturized robot for general surgery abdominal procedures.
The robots are designed to operate from the inside out. The new smaller robotic system is inserted through a single abdominal incision, where it works entirely within the body of the patient.
"The companies that have come before have done an amazing job pioneering the field of robot-assisted surgery. We think it's here to stay, and there are a lot of well-known benefits to it. But we felt that, rather than mainframe-like robots, much smaller devices could allow much greater access and are much better suited to general surgery. So we really focused on building a general surgery platform, where the surgeon can be close to the patient," said CEO John Murphy to MassDevice.com.
Murphy also said that Virtual Incision wanted to develop a robot-assisted surgery platform that would work for surgeons, instead of making surgeons work for it. That smaller size will also make it a cheaper option than its larger competition.
While the device is being designed for general surgery, Virtual Incision is focusing on putting it to use in colon resections. The company announced that it raised an $11.2 million equity round for a feasibility study of the device for colon resections.