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Getting robotic surgical tools from the lab to the operating room

May. 8, 2018—The path from university lab to commercialization is especially complex in the biotech industry. Challenges range from long lead times, sometimes measured in decades, to the costs of transforming ideas into innovations, as well as issues of intellectual property, patenting and licensing. Yet Nabil Simaan, a mechanical engineering professor who specializes in designing robots to...

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Vanderbilt joins 40 academic partners to create, deploy robotic technology in critical manufacturing sectors

Apr. 25, 2017—Vanderbilt University is one of 40 academic partners in a new robotics manufacturing institute in Pittsburgh that will be funded with $80 million from the Department of Defense and $173 million in matching funds from more than 200 participating partners, including companies, local governments, academic and nonprofit organizations. The Defense Department awarded the contract to...

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VU Inside: Giving surgical robots a human touch

Oct. 31, 2016—A critical goal in modern surgery is to make procedures as safe and minimally invasive as possible, which often means using robotic tools. Vanderbilt University bioengineer Nabil Simaan says a negative side effect of doing surgery with tiny entry points into the body is that the surgeon loses his or her sense of touch and...

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Robot evolution: Partnership intensifies between Vanderbilt engineers, physicians

Dec. 6, 2013—By David F. Salisbury In the foreseeable future, robots will stick steerable needles in your brain to remove blood clots, and capsule robots will crawl up your colon to reduce the pain of colonoscopies. “Bionic” prosthetic devices will help amputees regain lost mobility, and humanoid robots will help therapists give autistic children the skills to...

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National Robotics Initiative grant will provide surgical robots with a new level of machine intelligence

Oct. 28, 2013—Nabil Simaan testing a surgical robot that he designed. (Joe Howell / Vanderbilt) Providing surgical robots with a new kind of machine intelligence that significantly extends their capabilities and makes them much easier and more intuitive for surgeons to operate is the goal of a major new grant announced as part of the National Robotics...

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Nautilus: Team’s tiny robot called medical science ‘breakthrough’

Aug. 2, 2013—A miniscule robotic surgical tool created by engineers and surgeons at Vanderbilt University and Columbia University is singled out by Nautilus science magazine with four other remarkable developments as “unlikely breakthroughs” in medical science with potentially widespread applications. The Nautilus article, released today, is part of a monthly package of articles on a single topic. ...

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Simaan receives award for best conference paper at international medical imaging forum

Sep. 10, 2012—Nabil Simaan, associate professor of mechanical engineering, received second place for best conference paper at the 2012 SPIE Medical Imaging conference in San Diego, Calif. for his submission, “Enabling technologies for natural orifice transluminal endoscopic surgery (N.O.T.E.S) using robotically guided elasticity imaging.” The SPIE Medical Imaging meeting is the internationally recognized premier forum for reporting...

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Simaan invited to participate in NSF workshop

Sep. 3, 2012—Associate Professor of Mechanical Engineering Nabil Simaan was invited to participate in the second annual Road-mapping Workshop on U.S.  Medical and Healthcare Systems sponsored by the National Science Foundation and the University of Southern California Viterbi School of Engineering. The highly interactive workshop held in July 2012 produced the U.S. road-mapping document. This manuscript is...

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