The startup Clouz GmbH, a spinoff from the Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, has developed a novel surgical knot-tying device for use in restrictive access surgery. Clouz GmbH has signed a purchasing agreement for the knot patent with the Charité Technology Transfer Office. The medical device startup was founded by Dr. Panagiotis Fikatas, Marco Climaco and Anne-Mette Jensen.
A surgical device has been built using a knot technology invented by Dr. Fikatas for his own work in minimally invasive surgery. Collaboration and user-testing with Charité surgeons and Berlin specialist manufacturers has enabled a rapid progression from prototype and design sketches to patient-ready device.
Clouz GmbH is nearing release of first product. The first products for clinical use are expected to be available in 2021. R&D is underway for a second Clouz product, targeting use in robotically assisted surgery.