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Cleveland Clinic Unveils 'Top 10' Medical Innovations For 2008
Date:10/3/2007

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1. Flexible intralumenal robotics: A novel catheter-based technology that allows precise remote manipulations within the intra-luminal space with precision and reproducibility, which would surpass human capabilities. This technology is likely to have applications in urology, cardiology, cardiac surgery and other specialties.

"Cleveland Clinic scientists and clinicians are engaged in a continuous dialogue about how to provide patients with the best possible care. Their constant interaction, combined with the Clinic's role as a site of basic science and as an end user of medical products, provides a unique perspective for evaluating what will be the novel and next generation therapeutics and products," said Christopher Coburn, Executive Director, CCF Innovations, Cleveland Clinic's technology commercialization arm. "The second annual Top 10 list is a result of a survey of dozens of Cleveland Clinic thought leaders and we hope it stimulates widespread discussions on innovation and new technology."

Four major criteria served as the basis for qualifying and selecting the Top 10 Medical Innovations. Nominated innovations were required to:

- Have significant potential for short-term clinical impact (either a major improvement in patient benefit or an improved function that enhances healthcare delivery).

- Have a high probability of success.

- Be on the market or close to being introduced.

- Have sufficient data available to support its nomination.

The Top 10 Medical Innovations for 2008 were announced Oct. 3 at the annual Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit. A panel of eight Cleveland Clinic thought leaders and a moderator discussed each technology and its reason for inclusion during a panel session.

In developing the Top 10, Cleveland Clinic enlisted the expertise of AlixPartners, LLP, an independent international management consulting firm. AlixPartners led the process to probe the opinions of Cleveland Clinic ph
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