Media Alert - Canadian Technology to Revolutionize Robotic Surgery

    Media Announcement This Afternoon

    TORONTO, Sept. 24 /CNW/ - Media are invited to attend an exciting
announcement about a new research and development partnership to advance
robotically-assisted surgery, using Canadian home-grown technology to shape
the operating rooms of the future.
    The new initiative puts Canada at the forefront of developing
next-generation medical robotic technology, using the cutting-edge 'haptic'
technology designed by Ontario-based Quanser Inc. This breakthrough technology
adds a 'sense of touch' to surgical robotic tools, allowing surgeons to
operate in a less invasive environment.

    Who:      Quanser, a Canadian innovations company, will make the
              announcement with its partners in this new initiative -
              Canadian Surgical Technology and Advanced Robotics (CSTAR) and
              Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) - at Quanser's new research
              and development facility in Markham.

              -  Announcement by Quanser, CSTAR and OCE re: $750,000 project
                 to advance robotically-assisted surgery techniques for
                 minimally invasive surgery
              -  Photo and Video Opportunities: there will be a number of
                 compelling haptic robotic demonstrations, including a hands-
                 on surgery simulation using a robotic arm to operate a
                 scalpel, cutting into and peeling back the skin (using a
                 banana) to demonstrate minimally invasive robotic surgery
              -  Representatives from Quanser, CSTAR and OCE are available to
                 discuss the announcement and its implications for Canada and
                 around the world, and look ahead to describe what the
                 operating rooms of the future could look like
              -  Implications: Benefits of minimally invasive surgery include
                 greater reach and effectiveness, less trauma and blood loss,
                 faster recovery time and reduced hospital stays;
                 enhancements in this area will expand uses for robotically-
                 assisted surgery, from long-distance surgery to brain
                 microsurgery; Canadian technology will help meet rapidly
                 growing worldwide demand for robotic surgical technology.

    When:        Monday, September 24, 2007 from 3pm - 5:30pm
                 - Announcement at 4:30pm

    Where:       Quanser, 119 Spy Court, Markham, Ontario, L3R 5H6

For further information:

For further information: Sherry Lawlor, LexPR Canada, (416) 574-0405,

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