Designing and commercialising an endoluminal robot requires a multidisciplinary team with expertise covering different aspects, from medicine and engineering to business and marketing. This full-day workshop will focus on endoluminal robots and the journey starting with an idea that may be the key to solve an unmet medical need, through the design of a proof of concept in both academic and industry that, in both cases, may end with the commercialisation of a medical device. The workshop will consist of four sections, each of them with two (30’) or three (20’) talks with 15-minute Q&A at the end of each section.

S1: Unmet medical needs: In-depth discussion with clinicians regarding current endoluminal procedures challenges that require innovation, including technical requirements to address these needs. Talks will discuss how endoluminal procedures are performed and current medical instruments and limitations (including medical robots at the R&D stage and also commercially available).

S2: Medical standards: Stakeholders’ discussion regarding medical regulations and requirements to bring a proof of concept to market, including ISO and QMS, together with the challenges to adopt these standards in an academic environment and industry. This section will also review current EU regulations that can facilitate the development of autonomous medical devices.

S3: Design requirements: Complementing S2 discussion, three main design aspects will be discussed in this section. 1) State of the art of control strategies for the implementation of autonomous tasks. 2) Vision systems to support autonomy and/or assist in clinical judgement. 3) New smart/soft materials to develop cost-effective devices with advantages and limitations in the design functionalities.

S4: Commercial opportunities: The last section involves industry representatives. The discussion will cover IP strategies, and opportunities and challenges in the commercialisation of medical robots (including customer needs, financial challenges,and marketing strategies).


08:30Registration & Coffee
09:00Opening: Welcome & Introduction
09:05MR guided cardiac catheterisation: A new frontier for interventional imagingProf Muthurangu Vivek
09:25Interventional Cardiac MRI: chances and opportunities - what do we need?Dr Marco Gotte
09:45Endotics robotic colonoscopy: experience in UKDr Prem Premchand
10:05Unmet medical needs for endoluminal robotsProf Alberto Arezzo
10:30Coffee Break
11:00Imging guided robotics, update and regulatory requirementsProf Andreas Melzer and Dr Johann Berger
11:20Medical Robotics: Exploring Regulations, Autonomy and SustainabilityMrs Lena Cordie-Bancroft
11:40Regulatory Journey for Medical DevicesMrs Rita Hendricusdottir
12:00The FDA IDE Process for Medical Robotic Devices: Challenges, Opportunities, and Lessons LearnedProf Kevin Cleary
12:30Lunch Break
13:30MR-Safe Endovascular RoboticsDr Giulio Dagnino
13:50Colorectal Cancer Screening and Treatment: The Role of Soft Endorobots and Artificial IntelligenceDr Luigi Manfredi
14:10Flexible soft robotic medical devicesProf Helge Wurdemann
14:30Design of Magnetic Continuum Robots for Endoluminal ApplicationsProf Pierre Dupont
15:00Coffee Break
15:30From Idea to Market: The Endotics StoryDr Giuliano Gorini
15:50Medical Robotics Commercialization: A Clinician's PerspectiveDr Manish Chand
16:10Building Successful Commercial Partnerships: Lessons Learned from an Academic EntrepreneurDr. Imanol Luego
16:30Identifying and Vetting Commercial Opportunities: Case Studies in Endoluminal RoboticsProf Bob Webster
16:55Closing Remarks

Learning Outcomes

This workshop discusses the complete journey of manufacturing endoluminal robots. Starting from an idea to solve an unmet medical need, discussing design strategies, medical standards and regulations that may eventually culminate with commercialisation. Awareness of these critical aspects can help audiences to plan this journey avoiding unexpected consequences and involving stakeholders that can provide support.

  • S1: Awareness of unmet medical needs and design requirements for a robotic solution that addresses these needs, including available technology and medical opportunities in this area.
  • S2: ISO and QMS Standards to be adopted to succeed in developing a medical device with the regulation and solutions available.
  • S3: Challenges in the design of endoluminal robots and state-of-the-art of current control strategies and vision systems, including future trends.
  • S4: Importance of IP to protect an idea, commercial opportunities, and challenges incurred by leading companies to commercialise a medical robot.


Dr. Luigi Manfredi, University of Dundee
Prof Andreas Melzer, University of Dundee
Prof Helge Wurdemann Helge, UCL
Dr. Sara Abad Guaman, UCL
Dr. Giulio Dagnino, University of Twente


This workshop is accredited for 6 CPD points.






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