Edge Medical secures greenlight for single-cut endoscopic surgical robot

Compared to multi-incision surgical robot, single-port system is a harder nut to crack as it leaves a single cut in the patient's abdomen.

Edge Medical (精锋医疗), a leading Chinese surgical robot startup, announced on November 24 that its independently developed single-port endoscopic surgical robot SP1000 had secured the license from national regulators, paving the way for sale and adoption.

National Medical Product Administration (NMPA) granted the permit, the company said in an official WeChat post.

The Shenzhen-based firm, who had filed a prospectus for an IPO on China’s A-Share stock market, hailed this development as a milestone in the history of the company.

It became the first company within China and the second across the world to acquire single and multi-incision minimally invasive surgical robotic technologies.

Additionally, both technologies were converted into tangible products that have hit the market, said Edge Medical, which was founded in 2017 as one of China’s answers to Intuitive Surgical, the builder of world-famous da Vinci Xi surgical platform.

The success of da Vinci has inspired imitators across the world to join the game, to meet growing needs for minimally invasive robot-assisted surgeries.

Compared to multi-incision surgical robot, single-port system is a harder nut to crack as it leaves a single cut in the patient’s abdomen.

This inherently entails higher levels of operational difficulty, requiring more intricate designs on the part of robot developers.

The device possesses a number of characteristics, including a single port, flexible endoscopy, high levels of integration, adjustable surgical area, immersive 3D high-definition imaging, and scalability.

They are said to enhance the experience of surgeons and improve the outcomes of operations for patients.

With a single mechanical arm, as opposed to other multi-incision surgical robots from the family, SP1000 is 40% lighter, with no tubing or cables exposed or extra time needed for extending the robotic arms.

These features offer benefits such as faster pre-surgery installation and overall surgical efficiency.

“SP1000’s acquisition of regulatory approval suggests China’s medical equipment innovative capability, standing as a mark of the country’s medical equipment industry becoming ever more globalized, advanced and intelligent,” Edge Medical said.

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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