Cirle, a medical technology incubator company at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park in Miami, announced at the conference that Bausch + Lomb will license and commercialize its three-dimensional surgical navigation technology, the Cirle Surgical Navigation System, for cataract surgery.
“It’s image-guided navigation [that] makes surgery more precise because it guides the surgeon, using Holotags [3D holograms], in real time,” said Dr. Richard Awdeh, founder and CEO of Cirle, a company with 31 employees.
Launched in 2010, Cirle develops and acquires early-stage technologies, then manages product development, testing and validation work as well as the regulatory process. Awdeh has a trio of high-profile mentors: former Cordis President Norman Weldon; serial healthcare entrepreneur Phillip Frost; and Maurice Ferre, co-founder of Mako Surgical.
Said Awdeh, “There are very smart people in Miami, and they will support you. The support I have found in Miami, I just don’t think I would have found anywhere else.”