Robotic System for Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Army
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0161
Agency Tracking Number: A2-4156
Amount: $749,931.00
Phase: Phase II
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2011
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09A-T029
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
American GNC Corporation
888 Easy Street, Simi Valley, CA, -
DUNS: 611466855
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Kevin Cleary
 Director
 (805) 582-0582
 emelgarejo@americangnc.com
Business Contact
 Emily Melgarejo
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 582-0582
Email: emelgarejo@americangnc.com
Research Institution
 Georgetown University Medical Cente
 Elisabeth Crigler
 2115 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 6
Washington, DC, 20007-
 (202) 687-0200
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The R-NOTES platform serves as an innovative and unifying system architecture for Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) to be used in both the civilian and military sectors. While NOTES has recently emerged as a logical step beyond laparoscopic methods in minimally invasive surgery, several technological hurdles, largely associated with flexible instruments, remain before widespread application. However, the continuing increase in computing power as well as technological developments in miniaturization, medical devices, wireless communications, robotics, and related technologies have now made it possible to realize a new breakthrough NOTES platform where, rather than resorting to flexible tools, small robotic modules can be inserted into the abdominal space to carry out surgical procedures. A modular architecture serves as a platform for these novel robotic modules while also enabling coordination with other researchers in the field and seamless integration of their respective technologies. Such an architecture consists of a delivery device (overtube), input controllers, a gross positioning robot capable of magnetic anchoring and guidance (MAGS), visualization screens with user-friendly interface software, and processing within a master control station.

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