Sanovas commercializes its breakthrough device-reprocessing product designed to identify poorly cleaned medical devices that could trigger infections


SAN RAFAEL, Calif., January 23, 2015 - In wake of recent headlines about cross-contamination of patients by inadequately reprocessed medical devices (see story in USA Today), Sanovas Inc., a Life Science company accelerating the development and commercialization of next generation micro-invasive diagnostics, devices and drug delivery technologies, announced today that its MicroCam Inc. subsidiary has commenced commercialization of the MicroCam™ System via its OEM partnership with Healthmark Industries, which has launched its new product-Flexible Inspection Scope.

"Sophisticated modern surgical instruments, such as endoscopes, have revolutionized surgery, of course. But they are very difficult to clean," said Ralph Basile, vice president, marketing, Healthmark Industries. "The Sanovas MicroCam lets us inspect medical devices, such as endoscopes, with a clarity of image that heretofore was not possible with affordable technology."

The MicroCam System represents an entirely new concept in medical imaging that has not been possible, until now. The MicroCam System is a highly integrated platform of proprietary micro-optics, electronics, and software. The 'Plug 'N Play' capabilities of the 3mm-diameter, MicroCam System enable it to be sold as an OEM product as well as a branded MicroCam product, which MicroCam Inc. is pursuing simultaneously with its OEM strategy.

"MicroCam is paving the way for a paradigm shift in minimally invasive surgery toward multimodal imaging methods, linearly integrated medical devices, and natural orifice surgery," said Larry Gerrans, Co-Founder, President and CEO of Sanovas, and inventor of the MicroCam system. "MicroCam's small-diameter 'Plug 'N Play' optics represent a highly disruptive leap in technology, cost, and portability. This is a unique platform solution whose time has come. The technology will, most certainly, evolve the interventional capabilities in the existing market and expand the growth of minimally invasive surgery to nearly 3.1 billion patients in the emerging markets."

Healthmark Industries Co. is a supplier of infection control products with a special focus on cleaning verification. The company has incorporated MicroCam units into a new product recently launched, the Flexible Inspection Scope, empowering sterilization processing professionals to be able to literally "see" inside tough-to-clean medical devices, such as arthroscopic shavers and endoscopes, prior to sterilization/high-level disinfection, to visually inspect that they are clean.

MicroCam Inc. is one of Sanovas' portfolio companies that are delivering potentially blockbuster minimally invasive surgical products which enable surgeons to access, image, measure, diagnose and treat diseased and obstructed passageways and anatomies in areas of the human body that have been largely inaccessible... until now.

About Sanovas

At the heart of the Sanovas companies' scientific advances is the miniaturization of tools for minimally invasive surgery, or "M-I-S." Its products extend access beyond current limits, enabling physicians to diagnose and perform therapeutic interventions in spaces as small as one millimeter in diameter that has previously been unreachable. Sanovas expects to commercialize the technology in coordination with its various partners to address unmet clinical needs in Oncology, Pulmonology, Cardiology, Neurosurgery, ENT, GI, General Surgery, Urology, and Gynecology.


Steve Goldsmith, Sanovas, 415-729-9391 x1023, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Ronald Trahan, APR, Ronald Trahan Associates, 508-359-4005 x108, This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Sanovas Inc. is an emerging technology company. These products are investigational medical devices that have not been approved or cleared for use in the United States.