Stereotaxis has been awarded a patent protecting its Vdrive robotic navigation system with V-Loop variable loop catheter manipulator by the State Intellectual Property Office of the People’s Republic of China.
The patent is the second awarded to Stereotaxis in China for its Vdrive system and related disposable devices. The first patent covered the Company’s V-CAS and V-CAS Deflect catheter advancement systems, and its V-Sono ICE catheter manipulator, as well as all device interfaces and methods.
“We continue to generate strong growth in the Asia Pacific market, which improved procedure volume by 65% in the first half of 2016 over the same period last year and now comprises nearly 10% of our worldwide procedures,” says William C Mills, Stereotaxis chief executive officer. “The market in China represents significant potential for our remote, robotic technologies and this patent reflects the further expansion of our proprietary technology designed to achieve greater safety, single operator efficiencies and improved patient outcomes in cardiac ablations.”
Employed in conjunction with the Stereotaxis Niobe ES magnetic navigation system, the V-Loop system is designed to remotely control the advancement, retraction, rotation, tip deflection and loop size of a compatible circular mapping catheter. Its design is intended to enable a single operator to remotely control both the ablation catheter and circular mapping catheter and to do so with greater stability and manoeuvrability of the circular mapping catheter, supporting improved procedure results.