TECHNOLOGY

FLEXDEX IS DEVELOPING A SUITE OF INSTRUMENTS FOR MINIMALLY INVASIVE SURGERY

 

Minimally Invasive Surgery (MIS) is performed via small incisions on the patient's body, resulting in reduced pain, blood-loss and recovery time. Existing instrument technologies for MIS either lack dexterity and intuitive control, or are very expensive.

FlexDex's platform technology precisely translates the surgeon’s hand, wrist, and arm movements from outside the patient into corresponding movements of an end-effector inside the patient's body. Based on a simple, purely mechanical, and affordable design, FlexDex greatly enhances the capabilities of all MIS instruments and endoscopes.

FlexDex's core technology is the outcome of basic research and innovations in parallel kinematics, virtual center of rotation, and flexure mechanisms in the Precision Systems Design Lab at the University of Michigan. Professors Shorya Awtar (Mechanical Engineering) and James Geiger (Surgery), along with medical device entrepreneur Greg Bowles, co-founded FlexDex Surgical to translate this research into surgeon-friendly medical products. 

FlexDex creates outstanding products and technologies with the guiding principle:

Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication
— attributed to Leonardo da Vinci

FlexDex Inc.'s technical development has been funded, in part, by the National Science Foundation (NSF) SBIR grants.

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