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U of Maryland spinoff aims to commercialize innovative device for gynecological surgery


By Jesse Schwartz
Published: February 15th, 2017

UM Ventures, the tech transfer arm of the University of Maryland, has licensed a novel surgical device to Baltimore-based SurgiGyn, Inc.

SurgiGyn develops innovative, minimally invasive devices for gynecological surgery. The technology licensed from UM is designed to address the most technically difficult and rate-limiting aspects of laparoscopic hysterectomy. Known as a Uterine Electrosurgical Device (UED), the technology identifies and automatically positions a blade at the precise location required for the surgery.

“Hysterectomy is the second most common surgery among women,” says Roger Breechen, co-inventor of the device and president of SurgiGyn. “The UED is designed to significantly simplify minimally invasive hysterectomy procedures, providing a safe and more effective solution that improves patient outcomes and reduces surgical time.”

SurgiGyn is working with regional manufacturing company Harbor Designs to develop and commercialize the UED. The start-up aims to launch a clinical study in the U.S. this year.

“We continue to be impressed with SurgiGyn’s commitment to delivering transformative medical device innovations to women’s health,” says Phil Robilotto, chief commercialization officer at UM Ventures. “The team has already made tremendous progress with its minimally invasive surgical device for laparoscopic hysterectomy.”

Source: PR Newswire

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