ST. PAUL, MN—Lazurite and Minnetronix Medical have announced that the ArthroFree™ Wireless Surgical Camera System has achieved its final major milestone on the way to market: its first successful human use and the completion of its transfer to manufacturing. ArthroFree is the first wireless surgical camera system to receive FDA market clearance for arthroscopy and general endoscopy.
Lazurite, a developer of innovative medical devices designed to set new operating room standards for efficiency and patient safety, worked with orthopedic surgeon Dr. Laith Jazrawi at NYU Langone Orthopedic Center to perform the first surgery using the ArthroFree wireless camera on September 13. In the coming weeks, additional surgeries will be performed at NYU Langone and other leading orthopedic centers using the system, which enables real-time, high-quality images without the intrusion of cords. Minnetronix, which specializes in designing, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing complex optical systems, scaled the manufacturing of ArthroFree from early pilot builds to market-ready production at its expanded New Product Introduction facility.
The camera is another “first” from the Minnetronix optics team, which specializes in designing, developing, manufacturing, and commercializing complex optical systems. The Minnetronix team was integral to reducing latency and enhancing image quality for the ArthroFree System, including development of an innovative image signal processing chain, the path an image takes to travel from initial capture on a sensor to a screen. Minnetronix also aided in development of the device’s light engine and mastered the production of its complex handpiece, increasing production speed and efficiency by developing a modular strategy of batch assembling subassemblies and finishing assembly inside a clean room.
According to Lazurite President Leah Brownlee, the accelerated production process also required creative solutions to supply chain challenges. “The Minnetronix team helped identify longer lead time components early on and, when necessary, they secured alternative or supplemental suppliers to alleviate risks with critical components. When unavoidable supply chain disruptions did arise, our teams collaborated effectively to quickly resolve them. For example, when there was an unexpected shortage for a critical circuit board component, the Lazurite team quickly validated and approved a new design-ready alternative while the Minnetronix team quickly sourced and then validated the new component to ensure manufacturing process readiness. Our shared goal was an accelerated and uninterrupted product launch,” Brownlee said.
“Today’s supply chain environment requires close collaboration between the device company, the development and manufacturing partner, and the entire supply chain, to anticipate risks, adapt to challenges, and make smart decisions along the production journey,” said Matt Adams, vice president and general manager of Minnetronix’s optical business. “Because we expect great market demand for this wireless camera, we had to keep the production pace on track. Our optics team is excited to help Lazurite set another standard in the operating room by removing the cords from the surgical camera while maintaining excellent image quality We want to get the product in the hands of surgeons as soon as possible.”
About Minnetronix Medical
Since 1996, Minnetronix Medical has accelerated medical device breakthroughs as a design, development, and manufacturing partner to leading device companies around the world. Today, through lifecycle efficiency, opportunity realization, and increased utility, the company creates value in key technology segments that include RF energy, fluid and gas management, optical systems, and stimulation and active wearables. From design and manufacturing services to whole product solutions, Minnetronix has the expansive industry insight and intentional technical acumen to deliver better medical devices to market, faster.
Lazurite is a medical device and technology company. Its ArthroFree System—the wireless surgical camera for arthroscopy and general endoscopy—is designed for surgeons seeking agile surgical tools for more freedom of movement in the OR. ArthroFree is drop-in compatible with current OR technologies, and it eliminates the cables associated with patient burns, OR fires, and staff trips and falls. With the ArthroFree System, Lazurite kicks off the wireless era of surgical visualization. Lazurite’s intellectual property portfolio also includes the low-heat Meridiem™ light technology, wireless communication technology, and products in development. Lazurite is located in Cleveland, OH (est. 2015), and to date the pre-revenue company has raised more than $25 million from institutional investors, family offices, and more than 70 physician champions. The mission: solve impossible problems to improve people’s lives. The 10-year vision: better outcomes for 10 million patients—and thousands of clinicians, too.
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