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Corindus’ Technology Successfully Used in World’s First-in-Human Telerobotic Coronary Intervention

Tejas Patel, MD

Tejas Patel, MD

Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. announced that its CorPath technology was used to conduct the first-in-human (FIH) Telerobotic Intervention Study, December 4 and 5, 2018, in India. This study represents the world’s first percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) conducted from a remote location outside of the catherization lab. Five patients located at the Apex Heart Institute in Ahmedabad, Gujarat, underwent an elective PCI procedure from a distance of roughly 20 miles (32 km) away. Each procedure was remotely performed by internationally acclaimed physician Dr. Tejas Patel, Chairman and Chief Interventional Cardiologist of the Apex Heart Institute, from inside the Swaminarayan Akshardham temple located in Gandhinagar. His partner, Dr. Sanjay Shah, was in the room with the patient at the Apex Heart Institute. The success of this study paves the way for large-scale, long-distance telerobotic platforms across the globe.

“The first-in-human cases of remote robotic PCI represent a landmark event for interventional medicine,” stated Dr. Patel. “The application of telerobotics in India has the potential to impact a significant number of lives by providing access to care that may not otherwise have been possible. For the first time in cardiology’s history, India will shine for this ground-breaking innovation, and I am honored to be a part of this historic occasion.”

Corindus has pioneered the world’s first remote telerobotic interventional platform to deliver highly specialized and timely cardiovascular care to underserved patient populations with geographic barriers to treatment. Following the successful FIH telerobotic coronary stenting cases performed in India, the company plans to begin commercial product development for use of the CorPath System in remote interventions and expand the company’s robotic platform to address stroke care.

In September 2018, at the  Transcatheter Cardiovascular Therapeutics (TCT) conference in San Diego, the first live transmission of a remote robotic demonstration was streamed from Mayo Clinic using CorPath GRX with developmental remote technology in a porcine model. Recently the Mayo Clinic received a multi-year $3.3 million grant from The Leona M. and Harry B. Helmsley Charitable Trust to support exploring the feasibility and practicality of using remote robotic technology for cardiac interventions.

About Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc. Corindus Vascular Robotics, Inc.’s CorPath System is the first FDA-cleared medical device to bring robotic precision to percutaneous coronary and vascular procedures. During the procedure, the interventional cardiologist sits at a radiation-shielded workstation to advance guide catheters, stents, and guidewires with millimeter-by-millimeter precision. The workstation allows the physician greater control and the freedom from wearing heavy lead protective equipment that causes musculoskeletal injuries. CorPath GRX is the second-generation robotic-assisted technology, offering enhancements to the platform by adding important key upgrades that increase precision, improve workflow, and extend the capabilities and range of procedures that can be performed robotically. For additional information, visit www.corindus.com and follow @CorindusInc.

About Dr. Tejas Patel and Apex Heart Institute. Dr. Tejas Patel is Chief Interventional Cardiologist and Chairman of Apex Heart Institute. He has been awarded Padma Shri by the Government of India for his contribution in coronary intervention. Apex Heart Institute is a center of excellence for cardiac ailments, with two ultra-modern cath labs and two state-of-the-art cardiac surgical theatres. It has 85 beds comprised of 3 medical ICUs, 2 surgical ICUs, 1 HDU, a general ward, and rooms in various categories. The institution has an outstanding team of doctors, who ensure delivery of quality care with the highest level of expertise. At Apex Heart Institute, well-trained paramedical staff, world class infrastructure, and efficient systems and processes ensure effective services aiding speedy recoveries. The institution has instituted TRICO (Transradial Intervention Course), the largest and the most popular radial course in the world, by leveraging the knowledge and practices of world-renowned interventional cardiologists. Online at https://www.apexheart.in/

About Swaminarayan Akshardham. Swaminarayan Akshardham is India’s iconic temple that celebrates ancient art and architecture, culture and spirituality, wisdom and values. Inspired and created by HH Pramukh Swami Maharaj in 1992, the Cultural Complex is spread over 23 acres and was built by more than 8 million volunteer hours of selfless service. Visited by more than 57 million visitors from 127 countries across the world, the Swaminarayan Akshardham complex consists of an intricately carved inner-sanctum Mandir, exhibition halls, Abhishek Mandapam, and a one-of-its-kind Sat-Chit-Anand water show. It is overseen by HH Mahant Swami Maharaj, the present spiritual leader of BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, which is an international socio-spiritual charitable NGO affiliated with the United Nations that serves society through over 160 humanitarian services at its 1,200 temples and 4,000 centers.