Healthcare Industry News: surgical stapler
News Release - July 21, 2011
Titan Medical Inc. Enters Into Exclusive Patent License Agreement for Novel Surgical StaplerTORONTO, ONTARIO--(Healthcare Sales & Marketing Network) - Titan Medical Inc. ("the Company") (TSX VENTURE:TMD ) today announced that it has entered into an exclusive patent license agreement with Mayo Foundation for Medical Education and Research ("Mayo Clinic") for its novel surgical stapler.
Under the terms of the agreement, the Company has secured exclusive rights to intellectual property developed by Heidi Nelson, M.D., and David W. Larson, M.D., Mayo Clinic. The licensed patent application covers both the surgical stapler delivery systems and methods of assembling the staplers for a number of surgical procedures such as laparoscopic, endoscopic, intra-luminal, natural orifice, and/or open surgery. Additionally, Titan has agreed to make up-front, milestone and royalty payments.
"We are pleased to have obtained an exclusive license for this novel surgical stapler, which is complementary to our development and commercialization efforts in robotic surgical technologies," said Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer of Titan Medical Inc. "This agreement is our initial endeavor in our intellectual property licensing strategy and we will continue to strengthen our patent portfolio by seeking additional licensing agreements and through internal developments."
About Titan Medical Inc.
Titan Medical Inc. is a Canadian public company (TSX VENTURE:TMD ) focused on the development and commercialization of robotic surgical technologies. The Company is currently developing Amadeus™, a next generation 4-armed robotic surgical system, with the objective of enabling surgeons to remotely manipulate surgical instruments. Robotic surgery has developed over the past 10 years into a proven and growing method of treatment. The current global robotic surgical market size is approximately $1 billion and is estimated to grow to $5 billion by 2015 with potential for placement of 6,000 robotic surgical systems. The Company is researching and developing innovative technologies to empower surgeons to use robots in the operating room of the future. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.titanmedicalinc.com.
About Mayo Clinic
Mayo Clinic is a nonprofit worldwide leader in medical care, research and education for people from all walks of life. For more information, visit MayoClinic.com or MayoClinic.org/news.
Disclosure: Mayo Clinic and Drs. Nelson and Larson have a financial interest in the technology referenced in this news release. In accordance with the Bayh-Dole Act, Mayo Clinic has licensed this technology to Titan Medical Inc., and both Mayo Clinic and Drs. Nelson and Larson will receive royalties from the sale of this technology.
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