Steerable Probe Technology

Project Information

Problem

Interventionalists and surgeons are limited to using straight, rigid devices for diagnosing and treating cancer. These devices are unable to circumnavigate sensitive structures to reach lesions in tortuous anatomy.

Solution

Greppo Technologies is developing a high performance, actively steerable surgical needle that is capable of making multiple acute turns in tissue to reach previously unreachable lesions and deliver minimally invasive diagnosis and treatments.

Technology Type

Diagnostic

Aids with identifying the nature and cause(s) of a clinical problem or illness

Facilitator

Increases the efficacy of a clinical process or procedure

Therapeutic

Enables healing from or treatment of an illness or clinical problem

Monitor

Records/shares data as on-going surveillance of a clinical problem, process or procedure

PI/Inventor(s)

Mark Yim, PhD

Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Applied Mechanics

Director of Integrated Product Design

Penn Engineering

Sasha Schrode

President and CEO, Greppo Technologies 

Eza Koch

Senior Design Engineer, Greppo Technologies 

Company Formed

Cohort

2017-2018