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Friday, September 29, 2017

iotaMotion Receives NIH Grant to Develop Robotics for Cochlear Implant Surgery

​The medical device startup iotaMotion ( has been awarded a $1.4 million grant from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) to develop its next-generation implantable robotic technology IOTA-Progress. The company will use this funding from the NIH's Small Business Innovation Research program to hone a robotic-assisted cochlear implant insertion system that will provide precise and controlled electrode advancement during hybrid cochlear implant surgeries. Marlan Hansen, MD, one of the founders of iotaMotion, said providing a more controlled, fine electrode insertion of the electrode should significantly enhance professionals' ability to preserve hearing. "Then we have what this grant is helping to fund for our company, which is the development of an implantable system allowing for electrode adjustments within the cochlea after the original surgery, without surgical intervention," Hansen said. "The goal here is optimal positioning within the cochlea to best match that patient's hearing, which often changes over time."