“This patent fundamentally covers the ‘verification point’ concept – the method of checking and confirming, during surgery, the reliability and accuracy of a computer assisted navigation procedure"
Camarillo, CA (PRWEB) February 07, 2013
Kinamed Incorporated, an innovative medical device company whose focus includes technology for computer assisted orthopaedic surgery, today announced that it has agreed to non-exclusively license its patent 6,711,431 to Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. The patent covers an intra-operative method of verifying the reliability of a computer assisted surgical navigation procedure.
“This patent fundamentally covers the ‘verification point’ concept – the method of checking and confirming, during surgery, the reliability and accuracy of a computer assisted navigation procedure that is performed with optically tracked passive, semi-active, or active robotic tools,” said Clyde R. Pratt, Chairman and CEO, Kinamed Incorporated. “We are pleased to license this patent to Blue Belt Technologies, a recognized leader in the field of surgical navigation and precision robotics,” he said.
Blue Belt’s NavioPFS orthopaedic surgical system incorporates patented technology to provide precision to surgeons via smart instrumentation with robotic control. The NavioPFS, for use in unicompartmental knee replacement (UKR) surgery, received the CE Mark in February 2012 and 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) in November 2012. The system is being used clinically in both Europe and the United States where the system has produced excellent early clinical results.
Terms were not disclosed.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. is developing the next generation of “smart” surgical instruments with precision robotics for use initially in orthopedic procedures and then for other surgical specialties, including neurosurgery, spinal and otolaryngology (ENT). The company’s NavioPFS System incorporates patented technology to provide precise robotic control to surgeons via an intelligent, handheld, computer-assisted bone-cutting tool. The NavioPFS System provides the surgeon with a layer of safety and enhanced accuracy while performing bone-shaping tasks through minimally invasive incisions.
BLUE BELT TECHNOLOGIES, INC.
CONTACT: Eric B. Timko (412-683-3844 or etimko(at)bluebelttech(dot)com). http://www.bluebelttech.com
Kinamed Incorporated designs and manufactures implantables and instruments for orthopedics and neurosurgery. Kinamed’s technology portfolio includes the SuperCable polymer cerclage cabling system, the CarboJet carbon dioxide lavage system, the KineMatch patient-specific patello-femoral replacement system, the NeuroPro rigid cranial fixation system, and the NaviPro surgical navigation system.
CONTACT: Vineet K. Sarin, Ph.D. (805-384-2748 or vsarin(at)kinamed(dot)com). http://www.kinamed.com