Advancing endoscopic technology to cure digestive tract disease and cancers.
Digestive tract cancers are the deadliest of all cancers.
But - if detected early - are also the most curable.
With endoscopic tools, through the flexible endoscope, from the inside.
No surgery. No hospital stay. Minimal recovery time.
Our mission: Promote and advance endoscopic technology to cure digestive tract disease and cancers.
Endovision offers an alternative physician-driven pathway for device innovation through a non-profit “incubator” model. Importantly, the non-profit model removes all potential conflicts-of-interest inherent to industry and investor-sponsored ventures. The goal is to provide endoscopists around the globe with an easily accessible, practical pathway to incubate "better way" ideas.
Endovision is non-biased, which means the value of the idea is defined solely by the potential benefit to the patient. Prototypes are generated by Endovision’s engineers specialized in the gastrointestinal device space and tested in bench-top and animal models to establish “proof-of-concept”. Once established, devices are licensed to industry for commercialization.
Historically, the main role of flexible endoscopy has been diagnostic. This is changing with the development of new endoscopic devices and procedures that are replacing surgery. The most exciting are devices that enable the curative removal of cancerous and pre-cancerous growths while maximally preserving healthy tissue anatomy and physiology. With early detection, digestive tract cancers - currently the most common and deadliest worldwide - can be eradicated with endoscopic therapy.
True paradigm shifts in endoscopic treatment are occurring, but these shifts need a constant infusion of innovation. New procedures require enabling tools. The traditional pathways for device development has been through either a med-tech “start-up” or an existing large device company.
Over the past decade there has been a steady erosion of both pathways due to changes in the economic climate of health care. Both start-ups and device companies depend on substantial investments (venture capital or profits from sales, respectively) for device development. Investment sources are dwindling. Only those innovations that are expected to generate a very high return on investment receive funding. This discriminates against innovations that serve smaller patient populations or have uncertain market potential. Because interventional endoscopy is constantly reinventing itself, future progress is threatened at its core.
Video of the week
(Per Oral Endoscopic Myotomy) Developed by Dr Binmoeller
Promote appreciation of the high incidence and mortality of cancers of the gastrointestinal tract and digestive organs and the importance of early cancer detection for endoscopic cure.
Devices conceived or selected for development by Endovision
should meet the following 4 prerequisites:
Novel: meeting a need not addressed by current technology.
Simple: Design should be technically straightforward, intuitive, and simple enough to be performed by the community provider.
Easy: Deployment of the device to achieve the desired therapeutic outcome should be easy and quick, ideally within a time frame of 30 minutes. Use of the device should be easy to learn without the need for specialized training.
Cost effective: Endoscopic therapy should be inherently cost effective compared to the costs of surgery and hospitalization.