Microbot Medical Receives Intention to Grant from European Patent Office for a Patent Application Covering its Self-Cleaning Shunt
“We have always maintained that a strong and growing intellectual property portfolio is one of our strongest assets and will enable us to maintain a sustainable competitive advantage while establishing barriers of entry to future competitors” said Harel Gadot, Chief Executive Officer, President, and Chairman. “We will continue to expand and seek protection for our unique innovative platforms. This provides the foundation for the establishment of a multi-generation product portfolio, including our latest introduction of the LIBERTY™ Robotic System, the world’s first fully disposable robotic system for use in neurovascular, cardiovascular and peripheral vascular procedures.”
The allowed patent application covers an inlet head for use on shunts, such as Ventriculoperitoneal (VP) Shunts which are implanted in Hydrocephalus patients for draining excess cerebrospinal fluid (CSF). The inlet head includes a tube with openings disposed in its wall, and a cleaning element comprising a central shaft with protruding bristles installed inside the tube, such that mutual vibratory motion between the cleaning element and the tube causes the bristles to move within the openings. Such movement maintains the openings clear and thereby prevents shunt occlusion.
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Microbot Medical was founded in 2010 by Harel Gadot, Prof. Moshe Shoham, and Yossi Bornstein with the goals of improving clinical outcomes for patients and increasing accessibility through the use of micro-robotic technologies. Further information about Microbot Medical is available at http://www.microbotmedical.com.
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