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EndoVESPA EU Project changed the name, now is Endoo EU Project 
New name, same project, same initiative!


The Endoo Project (Endoscopic versatile robotic guidance, diagnosis and therapy of magnetic-driven soft-tethered endoluminal robots) aims at developing an integrated robotic platform for the navigation of a soft-tethered colonoscope capable of performing painless diagnosis and treatment. Colorectal cancer is one of the major causes of mortality but survival rate dramatically increase in case of early diagnosis. Current screening colonoscopy is limited due to a variety of factors including invasiveness, patient discomfort, fear of pain, and the need for sedation; these factors consistently limit the pervasiveness of mass screening campaigns. Built around a novel robotic colonoscope and designed to make its use straightforward for the endoscopist and ideal for mass screening, the Endoo system has the potential to introduce in the clinical practice a disruptive new paradigm for painless colonoscopy. Endoo combines a “front-wheel” magnetic–driven approach for active and smooth navigation with diagnostic and therapeutic capabilities for overcoming the limitations of current colonoscopy in terms of patient discomfort, dependence on operator skills, costs and outcomes for the healthcare systems. The acceptance and consolidation of robotics in the medical domain and the ever–growing development of endoscopic–driven technologies are the fundamental building blocks for the realization of the Endoo platform which can take advantage of solid and IPR protected technologies provided by the Project Partners. Aim of the Endoo Project is to bring the system to the market for an extensive clinical use. The Endoo Consortium is a unique blend of internationally recognized European pioneers (in all the involved disciplines), which will guarantee a dramatic leap forward in the current technology through successful implementation in terms of scientific innovation, industrial engineering, certification, market analysis, and ultimately clinical deployment.

Three European Projects involved SSSA and other partners in the past years, supporting the
EndooProject with initial know-how and scientific/technological background
Versatile Endoscopic Capsule for gastrointestinal TumOr Recognition and therapy
Array of Robots Augmenting the KiNematics of Endoluminal Surgery New cost effective and minimally invasive endoscopic device able to investigate the colonic mucosa, ensuring a high level of navigation accuracy and enhanced diagnostic capabilities
01/01/2006 – 31/08/2011

Wireless ingestable capsules with multi-functional technologies and sensors

01/05/2008 – 31/10/2012

Flexible and dexterous robots for Single-Port Laparoscopy (SPL) and Natural Orifice Translumenal Endoscopic Surgery (NOTES) procedures

01/11/2012 – 31/10/2014

Wireless colonoscopic capsule with an innovative spherical design, navigated through an electromagnetic source