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Virtual Incision Corporation, a company developing advanced robotically assisted surgical devices, is pleased to announce that it has received a 2015 Game Changer Award from Robotics Business Review in the Medical and Surgical category for its first-of-its-kind miniaturized robot for general surgery procedures.

“We are truly honored to be named a Game Changer by Robotics Business Review and the esteemed panel of judges behind this award,” said John Murphy, CEO of Virtual Incision. “Our goal has always been to disrupt the status quo in the robotic surgical market by providing physicians the ability to perform certain surgical procedures via minimally invasive techniques, where current technology is unable to do so today. As recipients of this award, we are gratified to see that our peers view our technology as having the potential to improve clinical outcomes and healthcare costs.”

In contrast to today’s large mainframe-like robots that reach into the body from outside the patient, Virtual Incision’s less-invasive robot platform design features a small, self-contained surgical device that is inserted in its entirety through a single incision in the patient’s abdomen. Designed to utilize existing tools and techniques familiar to surgeons, Virtual Incision’s robot will not require a dedicated operating room or specialized infrastructure, and, because of its much smaller size, is expected to be significantly less expensive than existing robotic alternatives for laparoscopic surgery. Due to these technological advances, the system could enable a minimally invasive approach to procedures performed in open surgery today.

About the Robotics Business Review Game Changer Awards

The annual Robotics Business Review Game Changer Awards honor the robotics industry’s remarkable technical accomplishments and their makers. Celebrated are the robotics technologies that are transforming vertical markets, as well as ingredient technology products, without which long-term change wouldn’t be possible. 

Entries were judged by a panel consisting of Robotics Business Review and Robotics Trends editors as well as by distinguished experts from the International Journal of Advanced Robotics Systems (IJARS).

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