Visit us at one of the following conferences, learn more how “New Navigated Surgery” can help you improve your results – and try to win the “Navigation Game“:
ISTA London, October 10 – 13, 2018 Oral presentation on Oct 11th : “Smart Hand-Held Imageless Navigation for Augmented Surgical Quality and Improved Patient Safety in Total Hip Arthroplasty” (Karl-Heinz Widmer)
Naviswiss is pleased to announce our partnership with Active Surgical for Australia and New Zealand. With Active Surgical, we have a small but competent distribution partner who handles these important markets for us.
We are pleased that our technology will also help surgeons in Australia and New Zealand to achieve the best results for their patients.
Naviswiss was one of the few small companies in the exhibition. Our miniature navigation system raised a lot of interest. One unforgettable visitor asked: “Where is your navigation system?” to realize 3 seconds later “…Oh, THIS is small!”.
The three “navigation and robotics” sessions were of very good quality and well visited (picture).
The 2nd World Arthroplasty Congress WAC was organized by the European Knee Society (EKS), the International Congress for Joint Reconstruction (ICJR) and supported by the European Hip Society (EHS). It takes place every 3 years.
Showing the Naviswiss navigation for the first time at AAOS in the US to a truly international audience was an extremely positive experience. The crowd arrived at 09:00 sharp. The “Newcomer” area was well visited and we gave hands-on demonstrations almost non-stop. Business meetings were held with potential future cooperation partners. Conclusion: the time is right for Naviswiss!
After using the Naviswiss hip navigation with a number of cases, Dr. Widmer speaks about navigation in general and his experiences with the Naviswiss system in particular and responds to the following questions:
Today the orthopedic clinical at the cantonal hospital of Schaffhausen (Switzerland) has become the center of the world of surgical navigation.
PD Dr. Karl-Heinz Widmer and his team performed a minimally invasive (DAA) total hip replacement surgery for the first time with the assistance of Naviswiss’ miniature handheld navigation system.
“Navigation helps to implement the individual pre-operative planning for every patient. I am a great advocate of the combined safe zone which in total hip replacement describes the matched alignment of cup and stem from a functional point of view. The Naviswiss system is small, quick and easy-to-use and provides this information intra-operatively in a simple and understandable form.“
We are glad to have received the european CE approval for our navigated hip replacement. Miniaturized navigation now becomes available to customers throughout Europe.
PD Dr. Karl-Heinz Widmer, University of Basel: “Navigation is the proper tool to transfer patient-individual planning into surgery. I am convinced that the Naviswiss system addresses all these requirements; that it saves time in the OR, that it produces higher-quality results and that the small additional efforts will be rewarded by happier patients.”
Thank you for visiting us during one of the past conferences, exhibitions and other Naviswiss events. You made our public appearance a great success. During our first year in public we have received very encouraging feedback from both, orthopedic surgeons and industry professionals.
Naviswiss has successfully closed financial round D and secured CHF 3.5 million in private equity. This is expected to provide working capital until break even.
CEO Jan Stifter
“We set out a while ago to make surgical navigation smaller, simpler and more affordable. This very successful financing round now gives us the possibility to strengthen our market introduction and to continue research and development to access additional fields of surgical navigation such as knee replacement or spine surgery.”
The prestigious A’ Design Award is given to top designs that has carried out an exemplary level of excellence in design. Entries to the A’ Medical Product Design Awards are peer reviewed and anonymously judged by a grand jury panel of leading academics, influential press members and established professionals. The ultimate aim of the A’ medical product Design Competition is to create a global awareness for good design.
Dr. Widmer impacts the cup under realtime navigation assistance
The Naviswiss navigation system has passed final wet lab validation tests with its total hip replacement module for patients in supine position.
Medical partners PD Dr. Karl-Heinz Widmer (Orthopädie Kantonsspital Schaffhausen, Switzerland) and Dr. Andreas Ottersbach (Spital Wallis, Brig, Switzerland) have expressed their satisfaction with the work-flow, surgical technique and instruments. Both are looking forward to use the navigation system in their ORs soon. Full Report…
The previous navigation unit was designed to prove functionality and design.
The final navigation unit is improved for usability…
…with great attention to details…
…and a stunningly beautiful design.
We are glad to announce the arrival of the first batch of production level navigation units. After the wet lab session in November 2016 several usability improvements were implemented. Now the units not only look great, but they are now fully functional and undergo intensive testing for their approval.
The special pattern with its easy to clean
surface is critically important for the
accuracy of the navigation.
The NAVItags™ are a key component of the Naviswiss surgical navigation system. The navigation unit detects each tag by its unique pattern and accurately determines its position within the surgical space. This ultimately leads to accurately measured anatomic landmarks and precise navigation of the surgical instruments.
The tags can be easily cleaned with a wet cloth to remove blood stains quickly and efficiently and they are largely insensitive to the bright OR light.
Vigorous tests with this first serial production batch have demonstrated excellent performance in all requirements.
Visitors update their surgical navigation know-how on Naviswiss’ booth during the SIF Basel.
Many high ranking visitors from business and politics have visited our booth at the Swiss Innovation Forum (SIF) in Basel. Many interesting discussions were held and new contacts made. Visitors also updated their surgical navigation know-how. We were showcased at the accompanying Future Expo together with other promising projects and futuristic Swiss technologies.
Years of hard work have paid off, bringing us one major step closer to market readiness. Our medical partners conducted two navigated total hip replacements with outstanding results.
Surgeons Dr. Widmer (2nd from left) and Dr. Schroeder-Boersch (3rd from left) during the successful wet lab session.
“I consider navigating all my hips in the future.”
This summarizes the experience of the 4 hour wet lab session at AMTS Academy for Medical Training and Simulation in Muttenz, Switzerland together with our medical partners PD Dr. Karl-Heinz Widmer (Orthopädie Kantonsspital Schaffhausen) and Prof. Dr. Henrik Schroeder-Boersch (HELIOS Aukamm-Klinik, Wiesbaden). The goal of the wet-lab was to verify the navigation technology and the instruments under real-life conditions.
The navigation with the new miniaturized Naviswiss system was effortless and the measurement results immediate.
No line of sight issues occurred (unlike conventional navigation systems which have a large equipment tower standing outside the sterile area and therefore need free view on the patient – but usually someone or something is standing in the way).
All instruments worked well. Small optimizations will be implemented before obtaining the CE approval early 2017. The patented NAVItags worked very well and supported the minimally invasive direct anterior and antero-lateral approaches. No problems with visibility or cleaning occurred during any of the two surgeries.
Now we have it all together: engineering, medical partners, management, finance and – finally – marketing and sales.
We are excited to announce a new addition to our team: Christian Calame is a sales and marketing professional with many years of experience in the field of orthopedic navigation, and just the person to help launch Naviswiss’ New Navigated Surgery onto the market.