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TransEnterix, Inc., a medical device company that is pioneering the use of robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery, today announced that the Company has sold a Senhance Robotic Surgery System to the Saitama Medical University International Medical Center located in the Saitama Prefecture in the Greater Tokyo region.

“Japan is the second largest market for medical devices as well as robotic assisted surgery devices, and has a history of driving innovation in advanced minimally invasive surgery,” said Todd M. Pope, President and CEO at TransEnterix. “We are pleased that Professor Koyama and his clinical team have seen the unique opportunity for the Senhance System to enhance laparoscopic surgery for his patients at a prestigious academic medical center like Saitama Medical University International Medical Center.”

The Senhance System was purchased in Japan under a physician import license, which allows cutting-edge medical devices to be directly purchased by Japanese physicians. The Senhance does not have broader market approval for sale in Japan.

“We have chosen to incorporate robotic assistance into our minimally invasive surgical program for the first time because of the unique clinical and financial advantages of Senhance,” said Professor Isamu Koyama, Surgeon and Director of Saitama Medical University International Medical Center. “We are excited to be able to contribute to the development of a new robotic surgery platform by utilizing this system in Japan. The Senhance brings robotic precision, enhanced vision and control with haptic feedback. The reusable instruments allow for low procedural costs, similar to traditional laparoscopy, which is critical in the Japanese healthcare system.”

About Saitama Medical University International Medical Center
Saitama Medical University International Medical Center was established in April 2007 with the objective of contributing to regional and Japanese medicine, aiming to create an internationally competitive world-class hospital. Their mission is to cover all areas of Saitama prefecture, to be dedicated in highly specialized medical service for cancer and heart disease, and to provide advanced critical and emergency medical care. The medical center is affiliated with Saitama Medical University Medical Hospital, and is one of the top ranked hospitals in Japan. Saitama Medical University International Medical Center is the first university hospital in Japan to be Joint Commission International (JCI) accredited.

About TransEnterix
TransEnterix is a medical device company that is pioneering the use of robotics to improve minimally invasive surgery by addressing the clinical and economic challenges associated with current laparoscopic and robotic options. The company is focused on the commercialization of the Senhance Surgical Robotic System, a multi-port robotic system that brings the advantages of robotic surgery to patients while enabling surgeons with innovative technology such as haptic feedback and eye sensing camera control. The company also developed the SurgiBot™ System, a single-port, robotically enhanced laparoscopic surgical platform. The Senhance Surgical Robotic System has been granted a CE Mark and is currently under FDA 510(k) review for clearance in the United States. For more information, visit the TransEnterix website at

For Further Information
More on the surgical navigation and robotics systems market in Japan can be found in a series of reports published by iData Research entitled the Japan Market Report Suite for Surgical Navigation and Robotic Systems. The report covers over 600 pages of market and business analysis on this market in Japan. The suite covers reports on the following markets: surgical navigation systems for neurosurgery, spinal surgery, ENT (ear/nose/throat), and orthopedic hip and knee applications. The segmentation for surgical robotics systems includes spinal, neurosurgery, minimally invasive surgery (MIS), radiosurgery, catheter and orthopedic robotically assisted systems.

The iData report series on robotics and surgical navigation covers the U.S., Japan, China, India, Australia, and 15 countries in Europe including Germany, France, the United Kingdom (U.K.), Italy, Spain, Benelux (Belgium, Netherlands and Luxemburg), Scandinavia (Finland, Denmark, Sweden and Norway), Portugal, Austria and Switzerland. Reports provide a comprehensive analysis including units sold, procedure numbers, market value, forecasts, as well as detailed competitive market shares and analysis of major players’ success strategies in each market and segment. To find out more about robotics and surgical navigation market data or procedure data, register online or email us at [email protected] for a Japan Market Report Suite for Surgical Navigation and Robotic Systems brochure and synopsis.

About iData Research
iData Research ( is an international market research and consulting group focused on providing market intelligence for medical device and pharmaceutical companies. iData covers research in: Dental Operatory Equipment, X-Ray Imaging, Vascular Access, Peripheral Vascular, Endoscopy, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery, Cardiac Rhythm Management, Electrophysiology, Diagnostic Imaging, Operating Room Equipment, Surgical Microscopes, Robotics and Surgical Navigation, Oncology, Ultrasound, Laparoscopy, Urology, Gynecology, Spinal Implants and VCF, Spinal MIS, Orthopedic Soft Tissue Repair and Regeneration, Orthopedic Trauma, Large and Small Joints, Anesthesiology, Wound Management, Orthopedics, Ophthalmics and more.

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