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The Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI) and Catcher Technology announced the collaboration on a next-gen integrated electrosurgery system in hopes of tapping into the smart and precision medicine market.​

This collaborative project combines ITRI’s software-hardware integration ability and Catcher Technology’s expertise in material manufacturing to jointly develop advanced medical device applications. The aim is to foster an ecosystem of med-tech industrial cluster in Taiwan, increase the value of medical devices, and seize the smart and precision medicine markets.

ITRI will work on the industrialization of innovative technologies, while the world’s leading metal electronics casing supplier Catcher Technology will take advantage of its strong industrial supply chain and technological capability. The combination of smart medical devices and precision manufacturing will fill the gaps in Taiwan’s medical device industrial chain and drive the entire industry’s growth and development.

Edwin Liu, ITRI President, noted that laparoscopic and minimally invasive surgery has become popular due to small wounds and quick recovery. However, most imported surgical devices only have a single function such as cutting or hemostasis. This increases the time and risk when changing between different surgical instruments, and obscures the surgeons’ vision during operation due to electrosurgical smoke.

Catcher’s cooperation with ITRI on the next-generation integrated electrosurgery system can fulfill clinical needs by providing one instrument with multiple functions, and thus bring more benefits to clinicians and patients alike. As Taiwan has a complete ICT industrial cluster and high-quality medical system conducive to the development of personalized medicine, mHealth and telemedicine, industries can explore new value and market opportunities from multidisciplinary cooperation and integration.

Shui-Shu Hung, Chairman of Catcher Technology, noted that given the opportunity of working hand in hand with ITRI, Catcher looked forward to leveraging its strengths in material science and manufacturing, working with ITRI’s experienced R&D capabilities, and incorporating the opinions of doctors to develop a novel hybrid system for minimally invasive surgery. Combining both bipolar and ultrasonic energies, the system dynamically provides different energy types and levels for the surgical scalpel, effectively solving the shortcomings of traditional electrosurgical units.

Hung added that this instrument could be mainly used in minimally invasive surgery for the abdomen with its capabilities of vessel sealing, coagulation, cutting and dissection, and can be simultaneously deployed to fulfill different clinical needs with a customizable design.

It is hoped that the innovative system can be widely used in Taiwan and then tap into the international market, providing a successful example of how the ICT industry can integrate its strengths into the biomedical fields.

 

Source: ITRI