OpenNav: Navigation in Open Orthopedic Surgery using Intra-Operative Video
24 months (from 01/12/2015 to 30/11/2017)
This grant has the objective to increase the company’s investment in innovation and investigation in order to promote the growth of the economic activities and the creation of value based in innovation through the development of new products and services.
OpenNav aims to create the first navigation system for open orthopedic surgery using a vision system and fiducial markers attached to bones / tools to perform 3D measurements. The system will be able to perform the registration of the anatomy with a pre-operative model of the patient and thus provide navigation information to the surgeon according to a pre-planned surgery. The project aims to research and develop the base algorithms for developing this image-based surgical navigation system. Early on in the project, successive versions of a functional system (real-time execution, physical apparatus of the system, user interfaces, etc.) will be tested in anatomical models with clinical consultants to collect software specifications and definitions of navigated procedures of spine and hip. The project will culminate in the execution of tests on cadavers, which will validate the navigation technology and allow the company to establish partnerships for productization of the system and its introduction into the medical market.
Incentive: € 455 174,74
Novel navigation system for arthroscopy that uses solely the endoscopic video to perform measurements inside the joints and provide the necessary guidance to the surgeon.
6 months (from 01/06/2015 to 30/11/2015)
The dedicated SME instrument's supports close-to-market activities, with the aim to give a strong boost to breakthrough innovation. Highly innovative SMEs with a clear commercial ambition and a potential for high growth and internationalization are the prime target. The SME Instrument phase I offers small and medium-sized businesses business innovation grants for feasibility assessment purposes.
Perceive3D (P3D) has developed a novel navigation system for arthroscopy that uses solely the endoscopic video to perform measurements inside the joints and provide the necessary guidance to the surgeon. Such system will be the first navigation solution that eliminates the need of external optical tracking of camera/tools, or the need of expensive capital equipment for imagiology in the operating room. The navigation is done using the video information only and, based on P3D’s proprietary camera calibration technology and advanced computer vision techniques, and the captured endoscopic image provides all the necessary geometric information. The increase in Minimally Invasive Surgery procedures and number of new surgeons adopting it, along with the associated added complexity in execution and learning curve, is driving the need for technologies to assist the surgeon during execution. This creates a growing need in this fast growing market for practical navigation solutions that reduce time of procedures and increase surgical outcome, with benefits for surgeons and patients. This navigation system will first target two specific procedures: the Antero Cruciate Ligament (ACL) reconstruction in knee arthrosocopy, and the removal of Femoroacetabular Impingement (FAI) in hip arthroscopy. These procedures have been identified as frequent pathologies where a pressing need for assistive systems has been reported.
Develop a feasibility study to validate the proposed business model through close interactions with the market using P3D extensive network in the endoscopic medical device industry. During this time P3D will also approach and engage Key Opinion Leaders (KOL) in the targeted procedures (Knee and Hip) to endorse the technology and we will extend the IP portfolio around this navigation technology.
The outcome of a phase 1 project was a feasibility study (technical and commercial), including a business plan.
Employment of highly qualified human resources (SME)
2 years (from 18/01/2016 to 17/01/2018)
Project code: CENTRO-04-3559-FSE-000031
Intervention Region: CENTRO
Approval Date: 14/10/2016
Total Elegible Cost: € 112 959
Promote the sustainability and the employment quality and support the labour mobility.