MicroCam is an emerging medical device company focused on commercializing the world’s first and only “Plug N Play Micro Imaging System”—the MicroCam™
MicroCam represents a whole new concept in medical imaging. It consists of a camera head housing with a Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor (CMOS) imaging sensor and LED light elements, attached by a wiring harness to a pre-constructed solid-state camera control unit (CCU) that may have either USB or HDMI connectors which plug directly into a monitor. A software package is included containing Sanovas’ proprietary image processing libraries and a rudimentary graphical user interface (GUI).
The MicroCam was conceived to address the unmet clinical and business needs of hospitals and doctors who are struggling with the significant costs to purchase, maintain, store and use large, multi-component, cart-based endoscopic imaging systems. The MicroCam solution is a highly integrated platform of proprietary micro optics, electronics and software systems that eliminate the need for 90% of the components on cart-based endoscopic systems—such as camera consoles, camera heads, light sources, light cables and digital capture devices. This further saves 80% of the costs to purchase and 80% of the costs to maintain an endoscopic imaging system; in short, MicroCam represents a highly disruptive, revolutionary new solution for healthcare providers in existing markets.
Moreover, the affordability and portability of the MicroCam now opens emerging markets to the prospect of adopting minimally invasive surgery (MIS). Since the explosion of MIS in the 1990s, the addressable patient populations for MIS have grown from 750 million patients (largely comprised of Americans, Europeans, Canadians and Japanese) to 3.1 billion addressable patients that now include China, India, South America, the Baltic States and the Middle East.
In addition, the small-diameter optics and efficient design features of the MicroCam enable a new paradigm of interventional procedures where micro digital cameras can be incorporated into existing endoscopic instrumentation to improve their capability, diversify their clinical utility, and expand the surgical imaging market globally.
The global healthcare industry is now moving toward less-invasive therapies that not only cure serious illnesses, but also have fewer serious side effects. Demand for endoscopy has increased manyfold over the past decade owing to patient preference for minimally invasive surgeries. Endoscopic procedures bear reduced risk for patient discomfort and peri-procedural complications and are readily covered by most health insurances.
Endoscopically performed procedures are less invasive, and they offer significant cost savings in terms of pre- and post-operative care costs and length of stay at hospitals. The high cost of endoscopic equipment and a shortage of trained professionals worldwide who can skillfully perform endoscopic procedures has acted as a major deterrent to the expeditious growth of the endoscopic market, especially in rural areas.
Extensive IP Protection:
MicroCam Inc. has numerous patents and patents pending for its MicroCam™. Specific details are subject to restricted access.
Experienced, Successful Leadership:
The scientific team at MicroCam is led by Charles N. Wang, Ph.D., as Chief Optical Scientist. Dr. Wang pioneered miniaturization of surgical optics for ACMI-Circon (Olympus) & Stryker. He also is the designer of numerous “industry standard“ Optical Systems for surgical and semiconductor industries (ACMI-Circon Olympus; Stryker: KLA-Tencor). Dr. Wang has authored 47 articles and 3 books and holds three patents issued and six patents pending. His education includes: Michigan State University; Penn State University; Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics; Chinese Academy of Science, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy;
and University of Maryland. Dr. Wang holds a BS in Physics; an MS in Systems Engineering; and PhD’s in Systems Engineering and Applied Optics.