A robotic arm of the EndoMaster surgical system
EndoMaster is a medical robotics start-up that has developed a novel robotic-assisted surgical system that combines minimally invasive endoscopic surgery with intuitive robotic-assisted surgery. It significantly advances current endoscopic surgery and enables surgeons to perform incision-less surgeries, which could previously be performed by open and laparoscopic surgery.
Using a flexible endoscope to reach the site of interest, the surgeon controls two robotic arms using two corresponding handles on a user console. The robotic arms act as an extension of the surgeon’s arms to perform complex surgeries with precision and manoeuvrability due to the precise translation of dexterity and triangulation afforded by the system. This results in less trauma and no scarring of the patient, shorter procedure and healing time, and a significantly lower risk of complications. The system’s ease of use allows wider access to less experienced surgeons, and also translates to a higher patient throughput for hospitals.
This video shows the EndoMaster system being used in a surgery
EndoMaster has conducted human trials in India, Hong Kong and Singapore.
EndoMaster was developed by A/Prof Louis Phee from Nanyang Technological University and Prof Ho Khek Yu from National University of Singapore. It has received funding under the Strategic Research Programme for Biomedical Sciences Translational & Clinical Research (TCR), the S&T2010 TCR flagship programme for Singapore Gastric Cancer Consortium, and NRF’s Proof-of-Concept grant scheme. EndoMaster is also supported by NTUitive Pte Ltd. A spin-off company, EndoMaster Pte Ltd, was set up for commercialisation of the technology. It has secured Series A funding, and is raising its Series B funding. HOYA, a Japanese manufacturing company for optical products, has invested in the company for an undisclosed amount.