Virtual Incision Corp., a medical device company developing a miniaturized robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) platform, announced the U.S. FDA has approved an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) supplement to complete the final stage of its clinical study analyzing the MIRA Platform in bowel resection procedures. The approval was supported by a favorable interim clinical study report on the safety profile of MIRA.

The IDE supplement approval puts Virtual Incision on track to obtain the clinical evidence needed to bring innovation to the soft tissue surgical robotics industry, a market that has been historically dominated by a single player. Results of the completed study will support MIRA’s upcoming FDA De Novo application for market authorization.

The first cases of the study were completed at Bryan Medical Center in Lincoln, Nebraska, by Michael Jobst, MD, and Kelly Krier, MD, and at Lankenau Medical Center in Wynnewood, Pennsylvania by John Marks, MD, and Henry Schoonyoung, MD.

“Our clinical experience has been extremely positive so far,” says Jobst, the first surgeon in the world to operate with the device. “I was able to perform 100% of the dissection with MIRA in all of my cases. We have also been pleased with its accessibility and efficiency. I operated on eight patients in five different operating rooms, and that’s something that’s just not possible with mainframe RAS platforms. MIRA has the potential to bring the benefits of minimally invasive surgery to more patients, and that’s truly exciting.”

The MIRA’s design is designed to offer the benefits of RAS during abdominal procedures without the logistical inefficiencies of traditional mainframe robotics.

“MIRA was created to address the limitations of traditional robotic-assisted mainframe machines. We miniaturized and simplified MIRA to make it more accessible, easy to use, and easy to adopt,” says John Murphy, president and chief executive officer of Virtual Incision. “These are the features that will allow surgeons to treat more patients each day. It is encouraging to see MIRA demonstrating the potential to help surgeons perform simplified robotic procedures safely and precisely. Completing the final stage of our clinical study will be a key milestone along MIRA’s regulatory pathway, and we will continue to focus on clinical excellence to best support the innovation we provide to patients and surgeons.”

Featured image: Virtual Incision’s MIRA Platform is the world’s first miniaturized robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) platform. Photo: Business Wire