Titan has successfully completed Phase B prototype of Amadeus(R), a next generation robotic surgical system being developed to address keyhole robotic minimally invasive surgery, and continues to advance its technology through strategic partnerships related to telesurgical, haptic and visual capabilities, including those with Bell Canada and HaiVision Systems Inc., among others.
Amadeus(R) is being developed as a four-armed robotic surgical system that combines aerospace, medical and defense technologies. Technology development is focused on naturally extending and enhancing the surgeon’s capability. The Phase B prototype includes improvements in vision system, force feedback, robotic arm, and telesurgery subcomponents. These proprietary elements will allow superior navigation, precise control, touch sensation, and secure long-distance robotic surgery. Amadeus(R) is being designed to overcome the limitations of fixed port access, limited dexterity and visualization, and limited control systems software, all of which can result in robotic arm collisions and failed surgery.
– Cash and cash equivalents at December 31, 2008 totaled $1,607,047 (December 31, 2007 — $1,076,855).
– The net loss was $2,801,891 for the year ended December 31, 2008 and $327,455 for the year ended December 31, 2007.
– The Company’s R&D investments were $1,754,904 for the year ended December 31, 2008 and $149,444 for the year ended December 31, 2007.
Craig Leon, Chief Executive Officer of Titan Medical Inc., commented on the results by saying “I am very pleased with our progress to date. The development of the Phase B Amadeus(R) prototype represents a major milestone for the Company, and marks the conclusion of some higher risk technical elements. The Company is also very pleased with its efforts with strategic partners and looks forward to Phase C, where we will continue to focus on building on our intellectual property portfolio while dedicating our resources to the development of the Company’s clinical-grade robotic surgical platform.”
The company also announces that it has amended its financial statements and MD&A for the nine months ended September 30, 2008 in order to reclassify $749,508 of Share Capital arising on the conversion of its Convertible Debentures to Warrants. The effect of the change is restricted to the equity section of the balance sheet with no impact on loss from operations.
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