Friday, 25 March 2011
Galway-based medical device developer, Crospon, today said it has signed a collaborative agreement with Israeli firm, Smart Medical Systems, to develop new endoscopy technology.
Smart Medical will produce a custom version of their NaviAid external channel endoscope accessory for Crospon, to permit deployment and positioning of Crospon's EndoFLIP imaging catheter.
Smart Medical also announced that the endoscopic accessory, known as the EF-800 External Channel Device (ECD), has recently received CE mark approval. The EF-800 is scheduled to be launched in May 2011.
"This partnership with Smart Medical represents an excellent example of open innovation. We were first introduced to the NaviAid eighteen months ago and saw excellent potential for a modified version of the device to meet our needs in terms of deploying our EndoFLIP catheter to hard-to-access areas within the gastrointestinal tract. This endoscope accessory will play a key role as we move EndoFLIP into the bariatric revision market, in particular for gastric bypass pouch stoma repair. In the medium term it will also provide the means for us to deploy EndoFLIP within the colon for the assessment of distensibility disorders such as IBD and Crohn's disease," said John O'Dea, CEO, Crospon.