EndoMaster: A Surgical Robot's Journey from the Research Lab to the Operating Theatre

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Louis Phee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

EndoMaster: A Surgical Robot’s Journey from the Research Lab to the Operating Theatre?

I will share my experiences in developing a novel flexible robotic system that removes gastric and colon tumours using natural orifices as points of access. I will discuss the technical and medical challenges faced to push the research to successfully test the robot on human subjects. Thereafter, a company (EndoMaster) was incorporated to commercialise the product. The challenges faced in the translation of the robotic technology to be used in a clinical setting were entirely different from the research phase. By sharing my experiences, I hope to inspire more researchers to translate their research and inventions to actual useful products.

Bio: Dr Louis Phee is a Professor at Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is Chair of the School of Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering at NTU. He graduated from NTU with the B.Eng (Hons) and M.Eng degrees in 1996 and 1999 respectively. He obtained his PhD from Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna, Pisa, Italy in 2002 on a European Union scholarship. His research interests include Medical Robotics and Mechatronics in Medicine. He was the founding CEO of EndoMaster Pte Ltd, a company he co-founded to commercialize a surgical robotic system he developed.

Dr Phee was awarded the Young Scientist Award (2006), the Outstanding Young Persons of Singapore Award (2007), the Nanyang Outstanding Young Alumni Award (2011), Nanyang Innovation and Entrepreneurship Award (2013) and the President’s Technology Award (2012). In 2005, he was awarded the Best Paper Award at the prestigious IEEE International Conference on Robotics and Automation.

Louis Phee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

EndoMaster: A Surgical Robot’s Journey from the Research Lab to the Operating Theatre?

I will share my experiences in developing a novel flexible robotic system that removes gastric and colon tumours using natural orifices as points of access. I will discuss the technical and medical challenges faced to push the research to successfully test the robot on human subjects. Thereafter, a company (EndoMaster) was incorporated to commercialise the product. The challenges faced in the translation of the robotic technology to be used in a clinical setting were entirely different from the research phase. By sharing my experiences, I hope to inspire more researchers to translate their research and inventions to actual useful products.

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