Prof. dr. Sarthak Misra from the Surgical Robotics Laboratory in our Department has been awarded the NWO Demonstrator grant. The project is called VIPER – Vascular Interventions PErformed by Robots, worth of 160 k€.
Endovascular interventions use flexible instruments to provide treatment of cardiovascular diseases. Robotic steering of these instruments has emerged as a novel technique offering clinicians unparalleled dexterity.
The aim of VIPER is to enable use of magnetic surgical instruments by creating a clinic-ready robotic system capable of generating external fields. The resulting system will be able to accurately actuate magnetic surgical instruments, thereby truly revolutionizing minimally invasive surgery, and opening a new market for advanced diagnosis and treatment options.
VIPER will provide an indispensable tool, satisfying the needs of clinicians for precise and comprehensive surgical interventions in hard-to-reach locations within the human body.
VIPER aspires to turn magnetic actuation into a commercially successful technology.
VIPER involves motivated clinicians, strong industrial collaborations, and a dedicated business development team in an ambitious quest to make that happen.