Ayer, Massachusetts, June 17, 2014 – Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT, developed and manufactured by Mobius Imaging and distributed by Brainlab, was awarded gold in the Radiological and Electromechanical Device category of the 17th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. Award winners were announced on June 11, 2014 at MD&M East’s main networking event—the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony held in New York. This distinction comes just months after Airo Mobile Intraoperative CT was honored with a 2014 Red Dot Product Design Award.
The 2014 MDEA Juror Panel selected 33 winning products from among 54 exceptional finalist products in 11 medical technology product categories. Selected products excel in 5 areas: manufacturing and technological innovation; design and engineering advancements; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall improvement to healthcare industry.
“We are proud and honored to receive MDEA gold for Airo,” said Gene Gregerson, CEO Mobius Imaging. “This recognition validates the work we have put into this exceptional product. By answering true clinical needs with this product, we help ensure that it can be intuitively incorporated into everyday clinical practice. The system’s flexibility and mobility make Airo a valuable extension for several environments and a range of surgical clinical applications. We even worked directly with operating personnel including surgeons, anesthetists and nurses to help verify numerous surgical workflows.”
Created to operate inside existing O.R. suites, Airo design boasts an ultra-small footprint which incorporates advanced CT technology for intraoperative imaging as well as custom-built components to help address various challenges of mobility and sterility within the operating room. With the largest gantry opening on the market, Airo is suitable for cranial, spine and trauma procedures, making it a highly versatile intraoperative imaging system.
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“We applaud our partner, Mobius Imaging, for achieving this gold award for design excellence” said Stefan Vilsmeier, President and CEO of Brainlab. “As the exclusive distributor of Airo, and primary collaborator on the graphical user interface for Airo, we strongly believe it has the potential to positively alter the surgical space in many clinical fields. For us, the MDEA gold only confirms this potential.”
The first Airo systems went into clinical use in April 2014. Visit https://www.brainlab.com/airo to learn more about Airo.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards are presented by UBM Canon, the global advanced manufacturing and medtech authority, and by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the industry’s central source for late breaking news, information, and business intelligence. The 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards are sponsored by: K-Tube Technologies; Medical Packaging Community; Phillips-Medisize; Proto Labs; Stellar Technologies; and Teleflex Medical OEM. Visit www.MDEAwards.com for more info or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Mobius Imaging develops, designs and manufactures advanced imaging technologies that fit seamlessly into existing medical workflows. The company’s approach to technology – Intelligent Imaging – is designed to give healthcare practitioners the crisp, clear images they want, whenever and wherever they want them, without adding time or complexity to the procedure. From the OR to the ER to other clinical settings, Intelligent Imaging expands possibilities. Founded in 2008, the company maintains a broad IP portfolio. Its first commercial product, the Airo Mobile CT System, is distributed under an exclusive sales and service agreement with Brainlab. For more information, please visit the company website at: www.mobiusimaging.com.
Brainlab, headquartered in Munich, develops, manufactures and markets software-driven medical technology, enabling access to advanced, less invasive patient treatments.
Core products center on information-guided surgery, radiosurgery, precision radiation therapy, digital operating room integration, and information and knowledge exchange. Brainlab technology powers treatments in radiosurgery and radiotherapy as well as numerous surgical fields including neurosurgery, orthopedic, ENT, CMF, spine and trauma.
Privately held since its formation in 1989, Brainlab has over 5,000 systems installed in about 95 countries. Brainlab employs 1200 people in 17 offices worldwide, including 290 research & development engineers, who form a crucial part of the product development team.
To learn more, visit www.brainlab.com.
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