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New CE Mark for Minimally-Invasive Surgery Applications for Cellvizio

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

August 27, 2015 at 12:06 PM

This summer we entered exciting new territory at Mauna Kea Technologies, integrating Cellvizio imaging technology with OR suites in the minimally invasive surgery market. And now we have a new CE mark that will allow us to support more surgeons with immediate actionable information that can be used to optimize interventions.

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Topics: Mauna Kea Technologies, Company news, Endomicroscopy, Surgery

Cellvizio Endomicroscopy in Minimally-Invasive Surgery Applications

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

June 1, 2015 at 10:50 AM

We recently announced CE mark for the use of a new Cellvizio probe in minimally-invasive surgery (MIS) applications. We've been working hard for several years developing endomicroscopic applications and products for image-guided interventions. There is a tremendous amount of activity around fluorescence-guided surgery and we believe endomicroscopy is going to bring this field to a new level of precision and reliability.

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ICCU 2015: Contributing to the Future of Medicine and Surgery

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

May 21, 2015 at 10:50 AM

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of attending the 7th International Conference of Cellvizio Users in Lisbon, Portugal. This event, made possible by an unrestricted scientific grant from Mauna Kea Technologies, gathered close to 300 physicians, surgeons and researchers from over 30 countries to discuss the evolution of endomicroscopy, a technique used to look at human tissue in real time, at the microscopic level. 

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Topics: Mauna Kea Technologies, International Conference of Cellvizio Users (ICCU), Endomicroscopy

Modern Healthcare Heroes: Inspiring Innovation in the Medical World

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

March 30, 2015 at 12:53 PM

Last week, I had the honor of giving a guest lecture as part of Professor Gregory Katz’s “Chair of Therapeutic Innovation” initiative at the prestigious French business school, ESSEC. The course, as he describes it, aims to “ignite fires” and train “the upcoming generation of decision-makers in innovation management and stimulate their sense of ethical leadership.” 

It is always a pleasure sharing the story of Mauna Kea Technologies’ creation with enthusiastic and engaging audiences like the one I met at ESSEC. 

 
Sacha Loiseau speaking at ESSEC. Photo Credit: @Louisemartinlm
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Topics: Mauna Kea Technologies, Optical Biopsy, Innovation, Pancreatic Cysts

Positive results from endomicroscopy pivotal trial on biliary cancer

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

January 29, 2015 at 12:09 PM

Dr. Adam Slivka discusses the results of the study.

Mauna Kea Technologies announced positive results from FOCUS, a pivotal clinical trial on the use of probe-based Confocal Laser Endomicroscopy (pCLE) in biliary cancer detection. This trial enrolled 112 patients in 6 centers, 4 in the U.S., one in France, and one in Italy.

The publication appears in this month's issue of GIE as the highlighted paper with an accompanying editorial "Distinguishing malignant from benign biliary strictures: can confocal laser endomicroscopy close the gap?"

Thanks to the addition of pCLE during standard interventional procedures, the sensitivity of cancer detection jumps from 56% for ERCP + biopsies to 89% for ERCP + pCLE.

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Topics: Optical Biopsy, Clinical Updates

From Telescope to Microscope: What’s Next for Mauna Kea Technologies

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

December 16, 2014 at 2:14 PM

Many might not realize the world’s smallest microscope was inspired by the largest observatory in the world. Before founding Mauna Kea Technologies, I spent time working as an astrophysicist for NASA on the original Mauna Kea… a dormant volcano in Hawaii. During my time there, I worked with incredibly powerful telescopes.

While working atop Mauna Kea, and thanks to many inspiring interactions with physicians, an idea came to me: What if we could take the power of those telescopes and use them to see inside patients at a cellular level? Many of the same principles apply from stars to cells… the lenses are simply installed differently. I returned to France in late 1999 to put this idea in motion.

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Topics: Mauna Kea Technologies

Dr. Wellikoff talks about Cellvizio and Lung Cancer Awareness Month

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

November 25, 2014 at 12:48 PM

In August 2012, Dr. Adam Wellikoff and other physicians at the Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center Shreveport began using Cellvizio to spot potential lung cancers. It was one of the first hospitals in southeastern United States to use our imaging technology to see into a patient’s lung at the cellular level by threading Cellvizio through a bronchoscope.     

As we recognize Lung Cancer Awareness Month this November, Dr. Wellikoff took some time with us to reflect on how he is using Cellvizio Optical Endomicroscopy to see changes to the lung and talked about future applications for the technology. 

“We started using Cellvizio to improve our diagnostic yield when performing biopsies,” said Dr. Wellikoff. “Also, working at an academic institution the research capacity was attractive.”

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Topics: Optical Biopsy

The New Industrial France and #34plans

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

October 24, 2014 at 3:21 PM

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In September 2013, the president of France, François Hollande, announced the launch of the New Industrial France. With support from the National Council for Industry, the initiative called for 34 individual plans uniting public sector corporate groups with small and medium enterprises to address important issues in energy production, transportation, healthcare, and digital technology.  

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Topics: Mauna Kea Technologies

Innovation, Entrepreneurship and Mauna Kea Technologies’ Role in the French Tech Initiative

Posted by Sacha Loiseau

September 18, 2014 at 2:46 PM

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About a year ago, Fleur Pellerin, who was then Minister Delegate for SMEs, Innovation and the Digital Economy, launched the French Tech initiative. She declared, “French Tech is first and foremost an ambition to build a large collective mobilization movement to support the growth and international influence of French startups.”

In less than a year, we’re seeing a notable impact as French innovators dive into new and emerging markets… areas that have the potential to change our way of life. We can see a booming startup community presenting significant growth and employment opportunities.

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Topics: Mauna Kea Technologies

Building Consensus as the International Community of Cellvizio Users Expands

Posted by Sacha Loiseau, Ph.D., President and CEO

June 25, 2014 at 10:44 AM

In any discipline, and particularly in the field of medicine, change takes time. Advanced technology that disrupts the traditional way of doing things requires early adopters who see value and are eager to share the potential with their peers. As technology becomes more accessible, a large community is formed that carries significant weight in advocacy and in practice. That is the case for Cellvizio and the future of Optical Biopsy.

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Topics: Mauna Kea Technologies, Company news, Optical Biopsy

     

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