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Use Case for European Robotics in Ophthalmologic Micro−Surgery

Objective

EurEyeCase combines cutting−edge European robotic technology and creates an integrated setup for the very challenging use case of vitreoretinal eye surgery. Nowadays, a selected number of highly−skilled ophthalmologists are treating large numbers of patients that suffer from various types of vitreoretinal eye diseases. The majority of these intra−ocular interventions lie on or even beyond the boundaries of human skills as they pose extreme requirements in terms of manipulation and positioning precision. As a result, current treatments are characterized by moderate success rates and even an inability to adequately treat some common diseases. As a consequence, a large group of patients is left untreated or receives suboptimal treatment only. Robotic technology can and is likely to put an end to the current status−quo. Starting from existing hardware, knowledge and IP and in close collaboration with medical partners, EurEyeCase will build up and validate a convincing robot−assisted operation suite, which will help surgeons in treating a selection of particular demanding vitreoretinal procedures including the treatment of retinal vein/artery occlusion through cannulation and epiretinal membrane treatment. Current laboratory setups will be studied in detail, augmented and tailored for successful integration into the surgical workflow. Novel sensing technologies will be further developed and integrated with advanced control methods to deliver unprecedented levels of safety and performance. In-depth evaluation of the setup in different directions, i.e, performance, usability and clinical relevance, as well as the first steps to transfer the most challenging developments to the next phase of product development are key aspects of the project. EurEyeCase will demonstrate how medical robotics technology can boost success rates of urgent and critical surgical interventions and paves the way for novel promising treatment methods with demonstrated improvements in patient outcome.

Field of science

  • /medical and health sciences/clinical medicine/surgery
  • /engineering and technology/electrical engineering, electronic engineering, information engineering/electronic engineering/robotics

Call for proposal

H2020-ICT-2014-1
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Funding Scheme

IA - Innovation action

Coordinator

KATHOLIEKE UNIVERSITEIT LEUVEN
Address
Oude Markt 13
3000 Leuven
Belgium
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
EU contribution
€ 737 311

Participants (9)

MEDICAL ROBOTIC TECHNOLOGIES BV

Participation ended

Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 86 579,50
Address
Den Dolech 2 Gebouw Gemini -1 62
5612 AZ Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
ACMIT GMBH
Austria
EU contribution
€ 506 243
Address
Viktor Kaplan Strasse 2
2700 Wiener Neustadt
Activity type
Other
TECHNISCHE UNIVERSITEIT EINDHOVEN
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 320 950
Address
Groene Loper 3
5612 AE Eindhoven
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
STICHTING OOGZIEKENHUIS ROTTERDAM
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 180 411
Address
Schiedamse Vest 180
3011 BH Rotterdam
Activity type
Research Organisations
EIDGENOESSISCHE TECHNISCHE HOCHSCHULE ZUERICH
Switzerland
EU contribution
€ 0
Address
Raemistrasse 101
8092 Zuerich
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
OPTOMEDICAL TECHNOLOGIES GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 212 837
Address
Maria Goeppert Strasse 9
23562 Lubeck
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)
MEDIZINISCHES LASERZENTRUM LUBECK GMBH
Germany
EU contribution
€ 259 750
Address
Peter Monnik Weg 4
23562 Lubeck
Activity type
Research Organisations
UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI MILANO
Italy
EU contribution
€ 188 437
Address
Via Festa Del Perdono 7
20122 Milano
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
PRECEYES BV
Netherlands
EU contribution
€ 155 795,50
Address
Den Dolech 2, Gem-n 0.54
5612 AZ Eindhoven
Activity type
Private for-profit entities (excluding Higher or Secondary Education Establishments)