Hipernav- new EU-ITN project coordinated by The Intervention Centre

HipernavThe Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital, Rikshospitalet is granted approximately NOK 40 mill. for the project HiPerNav (High Performance Soft-tissue Navigation). The project, that will be running for 4 years, is coordinated by Ole Jakob Elle head of Technology Research at The Intervention Centre and associate professor at Department of Informatics, University of Oslo. The consortium consists of 14 participating organisations from leading European universities, hospitals and industry which through the education of 16 PhD’s will develop the navigation systems of the future for the improvement of liver surgery. In addition to Oslo University Hospital which coordinate the project, Sintef and NTNU is project partners on the Norwegian side. The other European beneficiaries and partner organisations are University of Bern, Cascination, Inselspital-Stiftung, University of Delft, University of Cordoba, University Paris 13, INRIA, Siemens, NVIDIA, Innovasjon Norge and Yes!Delft. The project will develop new technological solutions that intend to simplify and improve accuracy in surgical navigation, which will be clinically validated at The Intervention Centre by surgeon Bjørn Edwin and at the hospital Inselspital-Stiftung in Bern. NorMIT’s research platform for surgical navigation, financed through the Large-Scale Research Infrastructure funding from the Norwegian Research Council, will be used in parallel with the integration of the new methods into a clinical product through the industrial partner Cascination. Picture: HiPerNav coordinator Assosciate Professor Ole Jakob Elle flanked by Professor Per Kristian Hol (left) and Professor Bjørn Edwin (right)

The Intervention Centre at Oslo University Hospital was 2nd of May granted the EU project HiPerNav “High Performance Soft-tissue Navigation”. This project was submitted within the EU call for MARIE SKLODOWSKA-CURIE ACTIONS - Innovative Training Networks (ITN). The project will be coordinated by Ole Jakob Elle at The Intervention Centre. The consortium is a mix of leading European universities, hospitals and industry and will train 16 early stage researchers (biomedical engineers and medical doctors) to become international leading experts in key areas of expertise through a novel coordinated plan of individual research projects addressing specific bottlenecks in soft tissue navigation for improved treatment of cancer. Multi-disciplinary dialogue and work between clinicians and biomedical engineers is crucial to address these bottlenecks. By providing researchers with knowledge and training within specific topics from minimally invasive treatment, biomedical engineering, research methodologies, innovation and entrepreneurship, the link between academic research and industry will be strengthened. Therefore, allowing an easy transfer of the most promising results from the different research projects to commercially exploitable solutions. The global image guided surgery devices market is promising, it was valued at USD 2.76 billion in 2013 and is projected to expand at a CAGR (Compound Annual Growth Rate) of 6.4% from 2014 to 2022 to reach USD 4.80 billion in 20221. The market for soft-tissue navigation however still is in its infancy, mainly due to challenges in achieved accuracy for targeting deformable and moving organs. By providing multi-disciplinary training, the researchers in this consortium of international leading research institutions, universities and industry will initiate true translational research from academic theoretical ideas all the way to the clinical testing of prototype, developed solutions and tools.

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