Charité spinoff "Clouz" is getting ready for launch of novel surgical knot-tying device

Dr. Panagiotis Fikatas, Senior Surgeon at Charité - Universitätsmedizin Berlin, invented a surgical device using a knot technology for minimally invasive surgery. Early prototyping and development work was significantly supported by the SPARK-BIH program with the Validation Fund and funds from the Stiftung Charité.


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.

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