Fannin Innovation Studio With University Of Houston Develops GuidaBot For Absolute MRI Precision.

By CIOReview | Tuesday, August 4, 2015

HOUSTON, TX: Fannin a firm which provides integrated funding and direct management of early-stage life science startups, and University of Houston  a Carnegie-recognized Tier 1 research university, announces the launch of GuidaBot, which develops Robotic manipulator to work within the powerful magnetic field of MRI.

GuidaBot force transmission mechanism and proprietary software allows the patient to remain in place within the MRI. The GuidaBot enables the physicians to perform interventions using real-time MRI imaging for absolute precision making it more efficient in terms of time and cost.

The technology was invented by University of Houston robotics expert and Director of the Medical Robotics Laboratory Dr. Nikolaos V. Tsekos. Fannin principals and accomplished bioengineers Chris Durst, PhD, and Michael Heffernan, PhD, will lead the GuidaBot research and development activities.

GuidaBot technology enables easy interventional tool placement while the patient and machine is placed within the MRI scanner.

“The company will initially focus on medical applications to treat several conditions, but interest from the energy industry has helped identify additional opportunities,” said Fannin managing partner Atul Varadhachary, M.D., Ph.D.