Past MMI Winter 2015 Newsletter

MMI Spring 2016 Newsletter

Meet Our Advisors: Guiding our Dreams.

 Prof. Marco Innocenti    Marco Innocenti is Chief of the  Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Microsurgery  at the Careggi University Hospital Florence, Professor at the Univeristy of Florence and a world-renowned microsurgeon. He has carried out more than 5000 conventional procedures in hand surgery and plastic surgery and more than 1000 microsurgical procedures in all anatomical districts, being one of the innovators of microvascular bone reconstruction. He has taught surgical courses in reconstructive microsurgery and hand surgery throughout Europe, the United States and Asia.     We have collaborated closely with Dr. Marco Innocenti and his surgical team at the Careggi Hospital in Florence since the beginning of our product development. Thanks to Marco, the term “The Florentine School” now refers to microsurgical technique as well as the Renaissance Masters. A motorcycle is possibly his preferred means of transport.       

Prof. Marco Innocenti

Marco Innocenti is Chief of the Division of Plastic, Reconstructive and Microsurgery at the Careggi University Hospital Florence, Professor at the Univeristy of Florence and a world-renowned microsurgeon. He has carried out more than 5000 conventional procedures in hand surgery and plastic surgery and more than 1000 microsurgical procedures in all anatomical districts, being one of the innovators of microvascular bone reconstruction. He has taught surgical courses in reconstructive microsurgery and hand surgery throughout Europe, the United States and Asia. 

We have collaborated closely with Dr. Marco Innocenti and his surgical team at the Careggi Hospital in Florence since the beginning of our product development. Thanks to Marco, the term “The Florentine School” now refers to microsurgical technique as well as the Renaissance Masters. A motorcycle is possibly his preferred means of transport.

 

 Prof. Sir Alfred Cuschieri              Sir Alfred Cuschieri is Chief Scientific Advisor to the  Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT)  at the University of Dundee in Scotland and Professor of Surgery at the  Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna  in Pisa. Previously he was Professor and Head of Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School,  University of Dundee . His research interests include minimal access therapy, endoscopic surgery, technology and micro-robotics, ergonomics, nanotechnology and nanoscience and virtual/augmented reality systems for skills training. Alfred Cuschieri is the European Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Endoscopy and serves on the Editorial Board of 10 other peer review journals. He is one of the earliest innovators of keyhole surgery and inventor of innumerous surgical medical devices, holding some 50 patents for devices and instruments. He was born and raised in Malta and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1998 for his services to surgery.     Sir. A. Cuschieri advises us on scientific and technological matters.            

Prof. Sir Alfred Cuschieri           

Sir Alfred Cuschieri is Chief Scientific Advisor to the Institute of Medical Science and Technology (IMSaT) at the University of Dundee in Scotland and Professor of Surgery at the Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa. Previously he was Professor and Head of Department of Surgery and Molecular Oncology at Ninewells Hospital and Medical School, University of Dundee. His research interests include minimal access therapy, endoscopic surgery, technology and micro-robotics, ergonomics, nanotechnology and nanoscience and virtual/augmented reality systems for skills training. Alfred Cuschieri is the European Editor-in-Chief of Surgical Endoscopy and serves on the Editorial Board of 10 other peer review journals. He is one of the earliest innovators of keyhole surgery and inventor of innumerous surgical medical devices, holding some 50 patents for devices and instruments. He was born and raised in Malta and was knighted by Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth in 1998 for his services to surgery. 

Sir. A. Cuschieri advises us on scientific and technological matters.     

 

 Prof. Franco Mosca    Franco Mosca is Scientific Coordinator at the  Centre for Computer Assisted Surgery (EndoCAS) , which provides up-to-date training opportunities to surgeons and other professionals in the fields of general, minimally invasive and robotic surgery and has developed new technologies for preoperative planning and simulation. He is the Founder and President of the  Arpa Foundation , which contributes to medical education and research in various fields and supports students, doctors and nurses internationally to complete studies at home and continue their professional development in Italy.  He was Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Oncology, Transplantations and New Technologies in Medicine at the  University of Pisa  from 1986 to 2013, during which he established and developed kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs in Pisa and organized a Tuscan State-wide system of organ donation.     He provides us guidance on the establishment of a complete microsurgical robotic program including simulation, curricula and certification in the healthcare system.

Prof. Franco Mosca

Franco Mosca is Scientific Coordinator at the Centre for Computer Assisted Surgery (EndoCAS), which provides up-to-date training opportunities to surgeons and other professionals in the fields of general, minimally invasive and robotic surgery and has developed new technologies for preoperative planning and simulation. He is the Founder and President of the Arpa Foundation, which contributes to medical education and research in various fields and supports students, doctors and nurses internationally to complete studies at home and continue their professional development in Italy.  He was Professor of Surgery and Chairman of the Department of Oncology, Transplantations and New Technologies in Medicine at the University of Pisa from 1986 to 2013, during which he established and developed kidney, liver and pancreas transplant programs in Pisa and organized a Tuscan State-wide system of organ donation. 

He provides us guidance on the establishment of a complete microsurgical robotic program including simulation, curricula and certification in the healthcare system.

 Prof. Cesare Stefanini   Cesare Stefanini is Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at  Khalifa University  in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Associate Professor on leave at the  BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna  of Pisa. His research activity is in the field of small scale biorobotics, actuators for compliant robots and micromechatronics. He received international recognition for the development of novel actuators for micro-robots, winning first prizes at the International Micro Robot Maze Contest in Nagoya, Japan, for the design and fabrication of a novel rotary micromotor equipping a 1 cubic centimeter teleoperated machine. His core expertise is in the field of design and fabrication technologies for biorobotics systems, often connecting creativity and engineering. He was visiting researcher at the  Stanford University Center for Design Research  where he focused his activity on the issue of high efficiency, high performance mechanisms for robotics.     He advises us on technology and engineering matters.

Prof. Cesare Stefanini

Cesare Stefanini is Associate Professor in Biomedical Engineering at Khalifa University in Abu Dhabi, UAE and Associate Professor on leave at the BioRobotics Institute of Scuola Superiore Sant'Anna of Pisa. His research activity is in the field of small scale biorobotics, actuators for compliant robots and micromechatronics. He received international recognition for the development of novel actuators for micro-robots, winning first prizes at the International Micro Robot Maze Contest in Nagoya, Japan, for the design and fabrication of a novel rotary micromotor equipping a 1 cubic centimeter teleoperated machine. His core expertise is in the field of design and fabrication technologies for biorobotics systems, often connecting creativity and engineering. He was visiting researcher at the Stanford University Center for Design Research where he focused his activity on the issue of high efficiency, high performance mechanisms for robotics. 

He advises us on technology and engineering matters.

Dream With Us: Where to Meet Us in 2016

Building a robot should be a collaborative process. We are reaching out to surgeons who are interested in being part of this process and getting to know our product concept. You will find someone from our team attending the events below. To get in touch, email hannah.teichmann@mmimicro.com.

Norwich, May 5-6th, 2016

Advances and Controversies in Reconstructive Microsurgery is entering its second edition after the great success in 2014 of the open discussion and debate model bringing together international experts in breast, head & neck, hand, lower limb, training and transplantation surgery. Isao Koshima will be giving the Keynote Speech on “Asethetic Supermicrosurgery and Capillary Perforator Flaps”. We are looking forward to attending for the first time.

Istanbul, November 4-5th, 2016
The RAMSES Conference (Robotic-Assisted Microsurigcal and Endoscopic Society) is entering its sixth edition and will be held in Istanbul. Symposium highlights this year include presentations by leaders in robotic assisted and conventional microsurgical techniques, biosynthetic cadaver and tissue microsurgery training and keynote speakers from industry leaders in robotic assisted microsurgery platforms and tools. 

 

Seoul, June 14-17th, 2017

The theme of next year's WSRM conference is "Bridging the Gap and Beyond". In inviting us to the Congress, WSRM President David CC Chuang, the Congress Chairman Myong Chul Park and Scientific Chairman JP Hong speak of the gaps to bridge: The generation gap between experienced and young surgeons, the gap between developed and emerging countries and the technology gap. MMI is bridging the technology gap.

 

...or visit us in Tuscany

If your travel takes you to Italy, come visit Tuscany and MMI. Our team works in an open floorplan lab-office space 10 minutes from Pisa and 1 hour from Florence. You can quench your thirst for robots and dream in the Tuscan countryside. Don’t hesitate to get in touch if you are in the neighbourhood: hannah.teichmann@mmimicro.com

Building Dreams, Building RobotS

For completeness, let's take a look at the other inititatives in microsurgical robotics out there. 

 
 

Microsure is a spin-off of the Eindhoven University of Technology. Initiated by the doctoral thesis of Raimondo Cau in 2013, Microsure developed a first prototype of a master-slave system that aims to stabilize the surgeon's hand motion and incorporated in 2016. They are currently working to improve its performance.

IMRIS, based in Minnesota, acquired the NeuroArm technology 2010 and will be branding the neurosurgical, non-ferromagnetic robot as SYMBIS. The technology was developed by a team at the University of Calgary under the guidance of Prof. Garnette Sutherland, and has seen multiple iterations since its inception in 1997. The name is an homage to the symbiotic relationship between the surgeon and the robot. SYMBIS is currently under development and aims to enable real-time intraoperative MRI combined with robotic neurosurgery.

 

PRECEYES is a spin-off of the Eindhoven University of Technology, born from the doctoral and postdoctoral work of Thijs Meenink, one of the co-founders. It incorporated in 2011, and has developed the PRECEYES Surgical System, which aims to facilitate existing vitreoretinal surgery and enable new interventions, including a subretinal drug delivery technology. PRECEYES has successfully been validated in in-vivo preclinical trials and the first in-human clinical trial is anticipated for 2016, targeting CE approval and market introduction early 2018.