Vicarious Surgical Inc. hosted the first public demonstration of its Beta 2 surgical robotic platform on Dec. 6, highlighting the latest evolution of its differentiated technology and showcasing recent cadaveric testing.
Supporting presentations by representatives from leading healthcare provider University Hospitals and renowned surgeon Dr. Igor Belyansky outlined the extensive opportunity for Vicarious to address current shortcomings in surgical robotics at the system and user level, the company said.
“The finalization of our Beta 2 surgical platform is the culmination of years of hard work and marks an important milestone in our development pathway,” said Adam Sachs, CEO and co-founder of Vicarious Surgical. “I’d like to thank our employees, as well as our hospital system and surgeon partners for their contributions to this achievement. We look forward to further evolving the Beta 2 platform into our initial product offering.”
As part of the Beta 2 Demonstration Day event, Dr. Belyansky reviewed intra-operative video of his recent cadaveric ventral hernia repair procedures in which he uses the Vicarious Surgical Beta 2 system.
Belyansky, MD, chief of general surgery at Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, has particular research interest in quality of life outcomes after hernia surgery. He is a co-investigator of several research grants and has authored 16 publications, six book chapters, and several invited commentaries.
He also leads Vicarious Surgical’s twenty-person Surgeon Luminary Group, providing expertise and leadership to guide all clinical aspects of the Vicarious Surgical technology.
“I am continually impressed with Vicarious’ acute focus on surgeon needs; the Beta 2 system showcased numerous differentiating capabilities, such as dynamic port placement, simple docking, dexterous instrumentation, and full access and visualization, that are attractive to surgeons such as myself,” said Belyansky. “I was extremely encouraged by my experience with the Beta 2 system and what this technology means for the future of robotic surgery.”
Vicarious aims to transform surgery through robotics
From the company’s Center of Excellence collaborator, University Hospital Ventures, representatives David Sylvan, president of UH Ventures, and Kendra Gardiner, director of product strategy, outlined UH Ventures’ history of innovation and aspirations to shape the future of surgical robotics through its work with Vicarious Surgical.
UH Ventures detailed hospital system data exemplifying and explaining the largest unmet needs of surgeons and hospital systems to date.
“Across University Hospitals, we see a significant opportunity to convert current open and laparoscopic procedures to a less invasive approach. To do this, however, we know we must continue sourcing and embracing potentially disruptive innovations in the robotic-assisted surgery space,” said David Sylvan, president of UH Ventures.
“The results of the Beta 2 cadaveric testing and the strong positive reaction of our constituents reaffirms our commitment to innovation in surgical robotics and our collaboration with Vicarious Surgical to deliver differentiated surgical platforms to enhance patient care and clinical outcomes,” he said.
Vicarious has partnered with University Hospitals Ventures
University Hospitals Ventures and Vicarious Surgical entered a collaborative Center of Excellence (“COE”) agreement in June 2022 with the shared goal of improving the landscape for minimally invasive surgery that enhances patient care and clinical outcomes.
Through the collaboration, Vicarious Surgical gains exposure to the detailed surgical workflows of the hospital system and incorporates direct surgeon and administrator feedback into its total product ecosystem to meet the needs of major US hospital systems, it said.
Additionally, clinical and human-centered design experts will assist Vicarious Surgical to further enhance product design, helping ensure readiness for streamlined adoption upon FDA Approval.