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Philips to Market Surgery Robot to Alleviate Lead-Draped Doctors

Royal Philips Electronics NV will start selling a robot-assisted medical system to treat obstructed coronary arteries as it seeks to advance its lead in the booming market for image-guided intervention therapy.

The Dutch company teamed up with Corindus Vascular Robotics, whose robotic operating system complements Philips’ X-ray technology, and the two companies entered a distribution accord in the U.S. after the product was approved by the Food & Drug Administration in July. Philips said it is building reference sites for the system and wants to complete some sales this year.