SOURCE: Titan Medical Inc.

Titan Medical Inc.

April 26, 2017 09:03 ET

Titan Medical Issued U.S. Patent Related to SPORT Surgical System Robotic Instruments

TORONTO, ON--(Marketwired - April 26, 2017) - Titan Medical Inc. (TSX: TMD) (OTCQX: TITXF), a medical device company focused on the design, development and commercialization of a robotic surgical system for application in minimally invasive surgery (MIS), announces the issuance of U.S. Patent No. 9,629,688 titled "Actuator and Drive for Manipulating a Tool," which covers the Company's unique robotic surgical instruments and in particular the novel interface and drive mechanism.

The patent generally describes a tool apparatus that includes actuators mounted in a housing in such a way to facilitate travel in a substantially orthogonal direction to the actuating direction of control links, which drive movement of the tool apparatus.

"This issuance of this patent is extremely important to Titan Medical and our development of the SPORT single port robotic surgery system, as it protects our system from would-be competitors and distinguishes our system from existing robotic technologies," said David McNally, the company's Chief Executive Officer. "In addition to the novelty of the instrument design, this patent covers key characteristics we believe will be beneficial for commercial adoption. For example, the technology was developed to provide ease of instrument loading, and it facilitates close instrument proximity when loaded in a surgical system. This is especially important for minimizing the insertion mechanism diameter and ultimately, the incision size in single-port surgery. In addition, the interface design allows for reduced tension on the instrument cables, which potentially extends the life of the reusable device."

The Company expects to file select foreign patent applications related to the issued patent, in addition to a related U.S. continuation application that has previously been filed.

About Titan Medical Inc.

Titan Medical Inc. is focused on the design and development through the planned commercialization of a robotic surgical system for use in MIS. The Company's SPORT Surgical System, currently under development, includes a surgeon-controlled robotic platform that features multi-articulating instruments for performing MIS procedures through a single incision. The surgical system also includes a workstation that provides a surgeon with an advanced ergonomic interface to the robotic platform for controlling the instruments and provides a 3D high-definition endoscopic view inside a patient's body. The SPORT Surgical System is designed to enable surgeons to perform a broad set of general abdominal, gynecologic and urologic procedures. For more information, visit the Company's website at www.titanmedicalinc.com.

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