|By Business Wire||
|July 10, 2014 08:06 AM EDT||
Blue Belt Technologies, a robotics-assisted surgical technology company, today announced a world-wide commercial agreement with Smith & Nephew, a global medical technology business, to support their JOURNEY™ UNI knee system on Blue Belt’s Navio® Surgical System. The Navio system has an open-implant architecture that allows users to select a number of different manufacturers’ implants.
The Navio handpiece assists the surgeon in precision bone preparation. (Photo: Business Wire)
“We are very pleased to announce this partnership with Smith & Nephew,” says Eric B. Timko, President and CEO of Blue Belt Technologies. “Our company is focused on bringing technology solutions to bear in clinically relevant applications, and therefore commercial programs with great partners like Smith & Nephew are important in allowing us to expand our market penetration of the Navio system. We are proud of our success in the market and we will continue to work to build on our momentum.”
The Navio® surgical system provides robotics-assistance for partial knee replacement procedures through proprietary CT-free navigation software and a unique hand held computer controlled bone shaping tool. The Navio system brings a high degree of implant placement accuracy along with soft-tissue balancing benefits. Since launching in the U.S. market in January 2013, more than 450 Navio assisted unicondylar knee replacement procedures have been performed.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. is developing the next generation of “smart” surgical instruments for initial use in orthopedic procedures and then for other surgical specialties including neurosurgery, spinal and otolaryngology (“ENT”). The Company’s Navio™ System incorporates patented technology to provide precise robotic control to surgeons via an intelligent, handheld, computer-assisted bone cutting tool. The Navio System provides the surgeon with a layer of safety and enhanced accuracy while performing bone shaping tasks through minimally invasive incisions. The Company’s STRIDE™ Unicondylar Knee system provides advanced implant features optimized for use with Navio.