There are so many patients who need minimally invasive surgeries but don’t have the means. We’d like to help make a difference there.
– Shorya Awtar
In an article published by ASME Shorya Awtar discusses his early inspiration for the FlexDex™ robotic platform. From the article:
“About a decade ago, I was working at General Electric in R&D as a mechanical engineer, focusing on high-tech problems, and I came across robotic surgical systems,” explains Awtar, the co-founder and CTO of FlexDex Surgical, the company behind the product. “While an amazing technology, it seemed too expensive and complicated for widespread use. I was convinced that there was a simpler, less expensive, and more compact design possible that could reach the masses.”
This led him to the first design of what would become the FlexDex, which offers a user interface that attaches to the surgeon’s wrist by a gimbal and which has an elongated shaft that enters the patient’s body. It utilizes a pair of jaws, capable of clamping or grasping, that articulate to reach more difficult locations within the body. A patented mechanical system finds the center of rotation of the instrument’s handle at the same point as the surgeon’s wrist.
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