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HearRestore

Image-guided microsurgery for hearing aid implantation

Stefan Weber
University of Bern
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Partners
University of Bern
ARTORG Center
Institute for Surgical Technologies &
Biomechanics
CSEM
Inselspital Bern
Department ENT Surgery
Neuroradiology
Neurology

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Cochlear Implants

65000 implants p.a.


Deaf patients
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Drivers

Patients
Minimally invasive and atraumatic
Consistent outcome

Surgeons
Precision access to entry point
Easy electrode insertion
Complete control over procedure

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Drivers

Health care delivery system


Conventional OR setting
Equal or lower costs

Implant technology
Compatible with all existing electrodes
Enable future research & development

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Robotic Cochlear implantation

Minimally invasive
Atraumatic
Consistent
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2013

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2017

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Technology outcome

Demonstrated potential of robotic surgery


in CI
Development of
Dedicated robotic system
Surgery planning and modelling
Precision stereotactic image-guidance
In-situ assessment of tissue properties
Ex-vivo, animal research trials to validate
First in Man clinical trials ongoing
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Translation aspects

3 patients treated (KEK and Swissmedic


approved)
Build evidence base for clinical benefit
International multi-center trials in
preparation
Health technology assessment (GB, GER,
US)
Create awareness among surgeons
Development of sustainable business
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Clinical outcome

Resulted in translation into clinical


application
Completion of worlds first robotic CI in
man (n=3)
Proof of concept for robotic microsurgery
Treatment modality beyond human skills

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Hearo - Robotic Cochlea implantation

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Real-term economic impact

Licensing of technology to industry


consortium of
CAScination AG, Bern
Med-El GmbH, Innsbruck
2 future product lines created
Strong IP protection
Investment of >6 Mio CHF (in CH, 2015-
2018)
CE marking and commercial launch: 2017
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Impact: Hearo Product Line (release:
Q2/2017)

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Impact: Otoplan Product Line (release:
Q4/2017)

Computer assisted Cochlear Implantation 15


Scientific dissemination

40 research articles published or in


process:
Conference papers: 23
Journal articles: 14 published + 3 in
review
6 PhD projects
2 finished in 2015
4 to be finished during 2017

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Further scientific & translation projects

Industry projects / Licensing


3 CTI projects
Zeptotrack
PosBone
MIRACI: triple leverage for commercial
project
in preparation:
CTI with UNIBE, EMPA
private investors
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Thank You

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