Mazor Robotics Ltd., a developer of innovative surgical robots and complementary products, today announced that Professor Moshe Shoham was awarded the Thomas A. Edison Patent Award from the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME).
Professor Shoham was recognized for his invention of the miniature surgical robot, Mazor Robotics’ Renaissance™ system, which is affixed to a patient’s bone during spinal surgery, enabling more accurate treatment. The Renaissance system has guided more than 35,000 spinal implants with no cases of permanent nerve damage.
The Thomas A. Edison Patent Award was established in 1997 to recognize the creativity of a patented device or process that has the potential of significantly enhancing an aspect of mechanical engineering. The award is funded through the efforts of the ASME Board on Research and Technology Development.
“It is a tremendous honor to receive the Thomas A. Edison award and to be recognized by ASME for a significant work in robotic technology,” said Professor Moshe Shoham. “We will continue to develop upon the Renaissance system, and we are dedicated to improving patient outcomes by advancing not only orthopedic surgery, but for future indications as well.”
Renaissance, Mazor Robotics’ state-of-the-art surgical guidance system for spine procedures, is transforming spine surgery from freehand operations to highly-accurate guided procedures, with less intra-operative fluoroscopic radiation – including for minimally invasive surgery, scoliosis, and other complex spinal deformity cases. To date, there have been 50 systems installed in leading clinical sites, with 27 in the United States. It is the only robotic technology for spine surgery available in the marketplace.
“Professor Shoham is truly a pioneer in medical robotics, and he deserves to be recognized for his dedication, commitment to education and scientific innovation,” said Ori Hadomi, CEO of Mazor. “The original work of Professor Shoham and his students has led to new breakthroughs in this field worldwide. On behalf of everyone at Mazor and patients around the world who benefit from his inventions, we congratulate Professor Shoham.”