Robotic System for Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery

Award Information
Agency: Department of Defense
Branch: Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency
Contract: W81XWH-09-C-0161
Agency Tracking Number: A09A-029-0429
Amount: $99,969.00
Phase: Phase I
Program: STTR
Awards Year: 2009
Solicitation Year: 2009
Solicitation Topic Code: A09A-T029
Solicitation Number: 2009.A
Small Business Information
888 Easy Street, Simi Valley, CA, 93065
DUNS: 611466855
HUBZone Owned: N
Woman Owned: N
Socially and Economically Disadvantaged: Y
Principal Investigator
 Ching-Fang Lin
 President
 (805) 582-0582
 cflin@americangnc.com
Business Contact
 Emily Melgarejo
Title: Director of Contracts
Phone: (805) 582-0582
Email: lgreenberg@americangnc.com
Research Institution
 Georgetown University Medical Cente
 Elisabeth Crigler
 2115 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 6
Washington, DC, 20007
 (202) 687-0020
 Nonprofit college or university
Abstract
The objective of this project is to implement and demonstrate a new robotic system enabling Natural Orifice Transluminal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) that improves surgical care of warfighters and their families. The proposed NOTES system will be used for many military and civilian surgery needs, especially on natural orifice diagnosis and treatment of acute appendicitis at a role 2 facility with return of the warfighter to active duty within 6 hours of surgery. In this Phase I project, the American GNC Corporation (AGNC) team provides a significant technological breakthrough with a NOTES robotic system which has five innovative features: a small size flexible robotic system structure; the capability of passing multiple surgical tools through the flexible robotic system for surgery procedures; a controllable motion of the NOTES system for better maneuverability; an intuitive user input device (UID) for easy operation and an image based guidance for enhanced situation awareness. The team will leverage its unexcelled expertise in advanced robot design, robotic guidance and control, graphical user interface, communications and robotics surgery in the development.

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