At EndoTheia, we aim to harness the power of intelligently micro-machined smart materials to create highly dexterous manipulators and improve therapeutic outcomes in complex flexible endoscopic procedures. The devices we are creating serve as adjuncts to standard, widely-used, and commercially-available endoscopic tools to augment performance and improve quality of care with minimal workflow disruption.
Our proprietary technology exploits pre-programmed mechanical properties in concentrically-nested tubes to enable tool steerability at the tips of flexible endoscopes. Steerability is afforded by elastic interactions between the tubes themselves - no pullwires, tendons, linkages or mechanisms required. It is this capability that enables the creation of steerable mechanisms with thinner walls than ever before, for utmost transparency and compatibility with legacy scopes and trans-endoscopic tools.