CLEVELAND, Jan. 4, 2018 /PRNewswire/ -- As Centerline Biomedical, Inc. prepares to meet with investors, strategic partners and companies in the healthcare industry during the JP Morgan Healthcare Conference, it successfully completed a fifth preclinical study at Cleveland Clinic facilities evaluating its surgical navigation system, IOPS, the Intra-Operative Positioning System. This study was the most noteworthy Centerline study to date, demonstrating ability to track sensorized IOPS instruments precisely and efficiently, with enhanced 3-D visualization, without frequent exposure to cancer-causing ionizing radiation associated with current standard of care. Endovascular surgeries i.e. those which repair arteries using stents rely on X-ray fluoroscopy, which provides limited two-dimensional visualization, leading to long procedure times while exposing surgeons and patients to damaging radiation. IOPS, originally developed at Cleveland Clinic, uses a 3-D model of a patient's vascular system to track instruments precisely without ionizing radiation, with the goal of reducing procedure times, complication rates, and overall costs. The mathematical algorithms used to generate the 3-D model are currently being used to revolutionize minimally invasive surgery, with future applications in surgical training and clinical decision support.
The study was led by Dr. Matthew Eagleton, Chief of Massachusetts General Hospital's Division of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery. An international thought leader on minimally-invasive aortic repair, Dr. Eagleton also serves as co-director of the Fireman Vascular Center and Thoracic Aorta Center at Massachusetts General, as well as chairing Centerline's Scientific Advisory Board; and Dr. Ezequiel Parodi, vascular surgeon and endovascular specialist at the Cleveland Clinic's Miller Heart & Vascular Institute and Scientific Advisor to Centerline, with associated financial interest in the company.
Dr. Parodi used Centerline's system for the first time in this study and noted the significant visualization and workflow advantages afforded by IOPS, commenting, "I observed a high level view of vasculature along with a more magnified, localized view. I don't have to constantly change views to highlight areas of interest." Dr. Eagleton, who used the system previously, took note of the rapid progress achieved and ease of adoption, remarking, "I am impressed by the rapid advancement of Centerline's platform technology as evidenced by the results of this preclinical study. I see surgeons and administrators being able to quickly adapt this technology within their own facilities."
Centerline, a Cleveland Clinic spinoff company founded in 2014, is a joint venture of G2 Group Ventures and Cleveland Clinic. This fifth preclinical study allows Centerline to visualize how the IOPS technology will function once entering the market, while offering confidence in the seamless integration into current workflow. Centerline's technical work is validated and bolstered by the successful raising of $12.7M of funding to date. Centerline Chairman and CEO Dr. Jai Gupta was delighted by the results of the study, stating, "This milestone study bolstered the view that IOPS is a novel technology that will disrupt the market, offering surgeons and the endovascular community something they've never seen before."