Elbit’s Beyeonics Surgical Raised $11.5 Million
13 June, 2018
Beyeonics integrated many technologies that had been originally developed for Elbit's Helmet Mounted Systems, to create a surgeon-centered augmented reality system
Elbit System is targeting its military technology to new markets, including the Medical Devices market. The defense giant from Haifa, Israel, announced today that it’s subsidiary, Beyeonics Surgical, concluded a first round of funding raising a $11.5 million investment from leading investment groups including an international corporation. Beyeonics develops innovative surgeon-centered visualization technologies that improves the surgeon’s efficiency.
It has developed the Clarity™ Bionic Visualization Platform, a fully integrated surgeon-centered visualization augmented reality video microscope for use in ophthalmic surgery (mainly cataract and vitreoretinal). The Clarity platform is comprised of a Transparent Head Wearable Display that utilizes Elbit Systems’ displays technology, 3D Ultra-Resolution remote sensing cameras, and a Processing Core for image processing and analytical tools to enable the integration of information from multiple digital sources.
From Fighter Jets to the Clinic
The system has been successfully tested in more than 20 ophthalmic surgeries both at the Tel Aviv Sourasky Medical Center and at Retinal Consultants of Arizona. Beyeonics Surgical began operating in 2012, led by a team of Elbit Systems senior engineers with a mission to revolutionize the visualization and information presented during surgery. Future products include visualization systems for other surgical applications as well as solutions for spine surgery, minimal invasive procedures, robotic surgery and use in cardiovascular catheterization labs.
The company is headed by Ron Schneider, former Director of Electro-Optics R&D Group at the Aerospace Division of Elbit Systems. Beyeonics integrated many technologies that had been originally developed for Elbit’s Helmet Mounted Systems (HMS) that enable pilots to view flight data, sensor and 3D location-based information within direct line-of-sight (LOS). The HMS allows the pilot to slave the aircraft’s sensors to its avionics systems and missiles simply by looking at the target. Now it will help doctors to look at a totally different kind of targets.