Products under development
EndoDrill® Core Needle Under development
EndoDrill® Core Needle is a rigid biopsy instrument of the core-needle biopsy type, with drilling function to take biopsies for suspected breast cancer, but also in other tumor types such as liver, lymph nodes, prostate, etc. where core biopsies are used. The product competes with conventional core- and fine-needles.
EndoDrill® Core Needle offers the opportunity to take core needle biopsies with both depth and direction control in real time throughout the sampling process. This differs from today’s core needles, which are fired using a powerful spring-loaded mechanism according to the principle of “fire and forget” where both depth and direction are estimated. With EndoDrill® Core Needle, tissue material is wound around the drill in a spiral, resulting in a sample that is greater than the depth of the drill. This along with controlled sampling gives a less risky sampling procedure and increased diagnostic potential.
EndoDrill® GI Lower Under development
EndoDrill® GI Lower is a flexible biopsy instrument with drilling function to take large deep tissue samples on changes that are unclear or suspected to be tumors in the lower intestinal tract. The product competes with other methods: biopsy forceps, ultrasound-guided fine needle aspiration (EUS-FNA) and invasive x-ray-guided biopsy with coarser needle. When these methods are not sufficient for a clear diagnosis, the options are more comprehensive and risky for the patient.
EndoDrill® GI Lower offers the opportunity to take larger biopsies with more deep tissue with limited risk.
EndoDrill® Lung Under development
EndoDrill® Lung is a flexible biopsy instrument with drill function to take tissue samples in suspected lung cancer. Diagnosis and treatment of lung cancer have developed rapidly in recent years. It is essential to get good samples with sufficient tumor tissue early in the course of the disease for safe diagnosis and optimal treatment.
When suspected lung cancer is investigated, one frequently tries to obtain a tumor sample using bronchoscopy (where lung doctors with bronchoscopes look down the airways and obtain samples in different ways) because tissue tests are the only way to verify and diagnose lung cancer today. There are, and have been introduced over the years, a number of new sampling techniques, all of which have been used when appropriate, such as ultrasound guided biopsies, electromagnetic navigation or so-called cryobiopsies, but it is difficult to get enough material for a complete diagnostic examination. Insufficient material from sampling is a major problem and bronchoscopy is quite straining for the patient. In addition, repeated sampling requires health care resources and, in addition, treatment initiation is delayed. It is therefore very important that the sampling is of such high quality the first time that the test is sufficient for all necessary analyses at the pathological clinic.
EndoDrill® Lung is designed to provide sufficiently large biopsies for the required analysis, which has also been the case when it comes to examinations of the stomach. With its tip, it has a high level of accuracy; it doesn’t need a cover that decreases the size of the biopsy and offers, through the drilling function, an ability to get into tougher tumors.
EndoDrill® Lung EBUS
EndoDrill® Lung EBUS is a flexible biopsy instrument with drill function for ultrasound-guided biopsy of lymph nodes and deep tissue in the investigation of lung cancer. The instrument is thus developed to appear on ultrasound, which further increases accuracy. Competitive products are X-ray-guided endoscopic fine needles (EBUS-TBNA).
EndoDrill® Lung EBUS offers – unlike fine needles – the opportunity to take whole tissue samples and not just cells. Solid samples provide the possibility of histopathological diagnosis and a larger amount of tumor cells that can be used for more complete diagnostic investigation.
EndoDrill® Therapy Under development
EndoDrill® Therapy is a flexible instrument with drill function to pass narrow passages caused by cancer or other diseases in different organs (for example in esophagus or airways) to allow placement of conductors, balloons and stents for patient treatment. There are no known competing products on the market.
EndoDrill® Model X Under development
EndoDrill® Model X is a research product with a high market potential. The product is run as a standalone development project and is not based on the patented drill function. It is a flexible biopsy instrument that aims to replace conventional biopsy forceps and needles in most indications. The product can take both superficial and deep tissue samples and also offers a unique feature to take 3-10 biopsies at once without removing the instrument between each sample, which is required with current marketed instruments as current instruments must be.
 A New Method for Endoscopic Sampling of Submucosal Tissue in the Gastrointestinal Tract: A Comparison of the Biopsy Forceps and a New Drill Instrument. Walther C, Jeremiasen M, Rissler P, Johansson JL, Larsson MS, Walther BS. Surg Innov. 2016 Dec;23(6):572-580.