The Innovation Continues for Robotic-Assisted Surgery – Virtual Incision Completes FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) Clinical Study for MIRA
Study results will be used to support the first FDA De Novo request for market authorization of the MIRA Surgical System as Virtual Incision makes progress towards its mission to expand RAS access
Lincoln, Neb. – February 22, 2023 – Virtual Incision Corporation, a medical device company spearheading the world’s first miniaturized robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) system, today announced the completion of its FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) clinical study. The study is designed to evaluate the company’s MIRA Surgical System for use in bowel resection procedures. This is an important achievement towards bringing new technologies to hospitals and their surgical robotics programs regardless of the site of care.
The surgical cases were completed at three hospitals across the country. Patients who participated in the study were followed after their procedure to fulfill study requirements. The complete data will then be correlated and submitted to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as part of the company’s De Novo request for market authorization. Virtual Incision is the first RAS developer to complete a U.S. IDE study to support a De Novo request in bowel resection.
“The investigators are very encouraged by our experiences trialing the MIRA Surgical System,” said Michael A. Jobst, MD, colorectal surgeon. “Across the sites, we’ve seen MIRA efficiently integrate into existing RAS programs and witnessed how it is mobile enough for use in any operating room. Some sites have even completed multiple cases in a single day. We are eager to fulfill the clinical requirements of the study in hopes that MIRA can help expand RAS access to more patients in the future.”
There are five million Americans who undergo abdominal soft tissue procedures annually, however, more than 90% go without access to RAS. If authorized by the FDA, MIRA’s miniaturized, strong, and easy-to-use design could potentially increase overall availability. It has the potential to integrate into any facility or operating room by serving as a complement to the existing mainframe RAS systems, or by expanding into new sites of care and geographies as a standalone. Virtual Incision aims to increase patient access through a clinically, operationally, and economically sound platform available to all providers.
“Completing MIRA’s IDE clinical study is a critical milestone in our journey to making RAS more accessible,” said John Murphy, president, and chief executive officer of Virtual Incision. Currently, less than 10% of the 90,000 operating rooms in the U.S. are equipped with mainframe RAS systems. Beyond the incredible progress of the industry pioneer, it’s still in the early days of the adoption of soft tissue surgical robotics. Our ultimate goal is to develop world-class miniature RAS devices with the required strength and dexterity to enable positive clinical outcomes for a broad range of procedure types.”
About the MIRA Surgical System MIRA is the world’s first miniaturized robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) system. Its small, sleek design is planned to offer the benefits of RAS during bowel resection procedures without the logistical inefficiencies of traditional mainframe robotics. The easily accessible device weighs approximately two pounds and offers internal triangulation with shoulders, arms, and infinite wrist roll inside of the body. It can be used in any operating room – a dedicated mainframe room is unnecessary. With its drape- and dock-free design and portability, MIRA is quick to set up, clean up, and move between cases. Its conveniently accessible design positions it to be used as a standalone system or a complementary tool for facilities that already own a mainframe. With MIRA, every operating room is RAS-ready.
About Virtual Incision
Virtual Incision is on a mission to simplify robotic-assisted surgery (RAS), so more patients and their surgeons can access its benefits every day. Headquartered in Lincoln, Nebraska, and holding over two hundred patents and patent applications, the company is developing MIRA, the first-of-its-kind miniature RAS platform. Virtual Incision’s goal is to make every operating room robot ready. For more information, visit our website or follow us on LinkedIn and Twitter.
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