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HOYA to Invest in EndoMaster, for Robotic-assisted Surgical Systems

Tokyo, Aug 19, 2013 (JCN) - HOYA Group announced today that it has decided to invest in EndoMaster Pte. Ltd. (Singapore), a company that developed MASTER, a minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgical system for endoscopic surgery. The investment amount will not be made public.

MASTER, EndoMaster's robotic system, is a system in which surgery is performed by two remotely controlled robotic arms mounted on the tip of an endoscope using images sent from a camera that is also mounted on the tip.

As the robotic arms are controlled like a doctor's hands intuitively and precisely using the joystick controller, MASTER would enable to support the accurate, safe performance of highly sophisticated surgery such as endoscopic submucosal dissection (ESD).

This has the potential of less discomfort, a faster healing time, and helping reduce a risk of procedural and post-operative complications for the patient thus improves in the quality of their lives.

Through basic research in collaboration with doctors, EndoMaster is currently endeavoring to improve the devices, with the aim to launch its first product into the market in 2016.

Privately held EndoMaster was founded in October 2011 by Dr. Louis Phee, Assistant Professor at the school of mechanical & aerospace engineering, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, and Ho Khek Yu, Professor at the National University Hospital in Singapore.

Global front-line developers in the medical devices and robotics fields have been involved with EndoMaster. The robotic system MASTER has been developed based on the results of basic research undertaken at Nanyang Technological University.

By Jun Ota Staff Writer

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