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Houston hospital system celebrates revolutionary robotic-assisted heart surgery

Another HCA Houston hospital hit a major milestone in robotics-assisted surgery. Photo courtesy of HCA

HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center has successfully completed a robotic-assisted coronary angioplasty — the first of its kind, the hospital reports.

Dr. Pranav Loyalka, cardiologist with Houston Heart, completed the procedure using the first and only FDA-cleared robotic-assisted technology. The process includes placing stents and balloons in patients with coronary artery disease.

"The first case was very successful. Sitting away from the patient in a radiation-protected cockpit, I was able to use a joystick to advance the catheter, millimeter by millimeter through the artery," says Dr. Loyalka in a news release. "Additionally, the enhanced visualization of the technology provided me with better measurement of the blockage and placement of the stent. In my opinion, the enhanced control, visualization and measurement of this technology will transform how we perform angioplasty procedures and ultimately improve patient care."

CAD, a common but deadly disease, is the leading cause of death in America. The treatment — angioplasty procedures — remains one of the most frequently performed in the country with nearly one million cases annually, but the procedure has remained unchanged for decades.

"An aging baby boomer population is driving demand for new innovative technologies to treat CAD," continues Dr. Loyalka. "Vascular robotics offers physicians and patients a minimally-invasive technology that may improve the precision of stent and balloon placements and reduce radiation of the procedure for physicians."

The robotics technology allows interventional cardiologists to perform the procedure away from the patient's bedside and seated in a radiation-protected cockpit. The physician uses a joystick to robotically move the procedure's tools — including catheters, angioplasty balloons, and stents — to clear the blockage and restore blood flow. Additionally, the technology allows interventional cardiologists to accurately measure blockages and precisely position stents, which may lead to fewer stent implants.

"We are proud to be one of the first medical centers in the area to perform this advanced procedure," says Chris Osentowski, chief executive officer at HCA Houston Healthcare Medical Center. "It emphasizes our continuous commitment to delivering state-of-the-art technology to our patients and clinical community."

In March, HCA Houston Healthcare Clear Lake performed its first peripheral lung biopsy using robotic-assisted technology, making it the first hospital in the area to perform that procedure.

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Here's your one-stop shop for innovation events in Houston this month. Photo via Getty Images

Houstonians are transitioning into a new summer month, and the city's business community is mixing in networking and conference events with family vacations and time off. Here's a rundown of what all to throw on your calendar for July when it comes to innovation-related events.

This article will be updated as more business and tech events are announced.

July 10 — Have a Nice Day Market at the Ion

Stop by for a one-of-a-kind vendor market - #HaveANiceDayHTX - taking place at the Ion, Houston's newest urban district and collaborative space that is designed to provide the city a place where entrepreneurial, corporate, and academic communities can come together. Free to attend and free parking onsite.

Have a Nice Day is a creative collective with a goal of celebrating BIPOC makers, creators, and causes.

The event is Sunday, July 10, 4 to 8 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 12 — One Houston Together Webinar Series

In the first installment of the Partnership's One Houston Together webinar series, we will discuss supplier diversity an often underutilized resource for business. What is it and why is it important? How can supplier diversity have long-term impact on your business, help strengthen your supply chain, and make a positive community impact?

The event is Tuesday, July 12, noon to 1 pm, online. Click here to register.

July 14 — Investor Speaker Series: Both Sides of the Coin

In the next installment of Greentown Labs' Investor Speaker Series, sit down with two Greentown founders and their investors as they talk about their experiences working together before, during, and after an equity investment was made in the company. Attendees will get a behind-the-scenes look at one of the most important relationships in a startup’s journey and what best practices both founders and investors can follow to keep things moving smoothly.

The event is Thursday, July 14, 1 to 2:30 pm, online. Click here to register.

July 15 — SBA Funding Fair

Mark Winchester, the Deputy District Director for the Houston District Office of the U.S. Small Business Administration, will give a short intro of the programs the mentors will discuss. There will be three government guaranteed loan mentors and two to three mentors co-mentoring with remote SBIR experts.

The event is Friday, July 15, 10:30 am to 1 pm, at The Cannon - West Houston. Click here to register.

July 16 — Bots and Bytes: Family STEAM Day

Join the Ion for a hands-on learning experience to learn about tech and robotics and gain insight into the professional skills and concepts needed to excel in a robotics or tech career. This event will be tailored for 9-14-year-olds for a fun STEM experience.

The event is Saturday, July 16, 10 am to 1 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 19 — How to Start a Startup

You have an idea...now what? Before you start looking for funding, it's important to make sure that your idea is both viable and valuable -- if it doesn't have a sound model and a market willing to pay for it, investors won't be interested anyway.

The event is Tuesday, July 19, 5:30 to 7:30 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 20 — Perfecting Your Pitch

Join the Ion for their series with DeckLaunch and Fresh Tech Solutionz as they discuss the importance and value of your pitch deck when reaching your target audience.

The event is Wednesday, July 20, 5:30 to 6:30 pm, at The Ion. Click here to register.

July 21 — Transition On Tap: Investor Readiness with Vinson & Elkins LLP

Attorneys from Greentown Labs’ Gigawatt Partner Vinson & Elkins LLP, a leading fund- and company-side advisor for clean energy financing, will present an overview of legal considerations in cleantech investing, geared especially toward early-stage companies and investors. The presentation will cover the types of investors and deals in the cleantech space and also provide background on negotiating valuation, term sheets, and preparing for diligence.

The event is Thursday, July 21, 5 to 7 pm, at Greentown Houston. Click here to register.

July 28 — The Cannon Community 2nd Annual Town Hall Event

Partner of The Cannon, Baker Tilly, has played an integral part in the success of Cannon member companies. Join the Cannon community for The Cannon's 5-year anniversary celebration!

The event is Thursday, July 28, 4 to 7 pm, at The Cannon - West Houston. Click here to register.

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