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Blue Belt Technologies Announces World's First Surgery Performed with NavioPFS™ Robotic Surgical System

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Blue Belt Technologies Announces World's First Surgery Performed with NavioPFS™ Robotic Surgical System PR Newswire PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2012 PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.

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Blue Belt Technologies Announces World's
First Surgery Performed with NavioPFS™
Robotic Surgical System
PR Newswire
PITTSBURGH, July 12, 2012
PITTSBURGH
,
July 12, 2012
/PRNewswire/ -- Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
announced the world's first clinical use of the NavioPFS™ system, a
Unicompartmental Knee Replacement (UKR) completed on
July 10, 2012
by
Professor Johan Bellemans at the University Hospital at Pellenberg,
Belgium
.
The NavioPFS surgical system represents the next generation of precision
robotics in the orthopedic operating room, with an initial application in UKR
surgeries, and a wide array of applications in development in neurosurgery,
otolaryngology (ENT), and spine. NavioPFS received a CE Mark for European
commercialization at the end of the first quarter 2012.
"This technology has impressed me as being years ahead of expectations. The
surgical outcome was excellent, perfectly planning and executing the implant
placement," said Professor Bellemans, chairman of the Orthopaedic
Department at the University Hospitals Leuven and Pellenberg,
Belgium
.
Professor Bellemans continued, "Less-invasive surgeries like partial knee
replacements lend themselves to quicker patient recovery and the opportunity
to return to an active life-style. The NavioPFS system provides a platform to
achieve these surgeries with greater precision and reproducible results than
ever before."
Utilizing the integrated CT-free navigation system with intraoperative
registration and planning, Professor Bellemans successfully planned the left-
medial knee replacement surgery and executed bone preparation through a
less-invasive incision using the NavioPFS precision freehand sculpting
handpiece.
Commenting on the procedure, Eric B. Timko, President and CEO of Blue Belt
Technologies, said, "We are thrilled to have worked so closely with Professor
Bellemans and his team in order to accomplish this significant milestone. The
ability to successfully transition from the development stage to the clinical
environment is most challenging so we do not take for granted the importance
of what we accomplished today. This represents both the culmination of the
Blue Belt team's years of hard-work, as well as the next chapter for this
company as we work hard to bring this innovative technology to orthopedic
operating theaters around the world."
Mr. Timko went on to say, "This has been an exciting summer so far for Blue
Belt Technologies, having submitted our 510(k) to the FDA, receiving
recognition through Frost & Sullivan's 2012 Global Orthopedic Surgery
Technology Innovation Award, and now treating the first patient with NavioPFS.
We couldn't be more pleased with the progress we are making at Blue Belt and
expect that our positive momentum will continue."
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc.
Blue Belt Technologies, Inc. is developing the next generation of "smart"
surgical instruments with precision robotics for use initially in orthopedic
procedures and then for other surgical specialties, including neurosurgery,
spinal and otolaryngology (ENT). The company's NavioPFS System incorporates
patented technology to provide precise robotic control to surgeons via an
intelligent, handheld, computer-assisted bone-cutting tool. The NavioPFS
System provides the surgeon with a layer of safety and enhanced accuracy
while performing bone-shaping tasks through minimally invasive incisions.
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