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Press releases / Jun 13, 2023

Cancer: 50 patients treated with the Epione® robot from Quantum Surgical at the Hospices Civils de Lyon  

Montpellier, June 13, 2023 – A 50th patient has been treated using the Epione® robot from Quantum Surgical by the team of Pr. Laurent Milot, Deputy Chief Vascular & Interventional Radiology at the Hospices Civils de Lyon (France), highlighting a successful collaboration only 8 months post-acquisition.

Installed in November 2022, the team of the Hospices Civils de Lyon (HCL, France) are convinced of the value of this innovative platform from Quantum Surgical and celebrating that 50 patients have benefited from Epione®. Epione® can be used to treat early-stage abdominal tumors that are inoperable or particularly difficult to reach, due to their size or location.

HCL is the second hospital in the world offering this revolutionary platform to their patients. The first Epione® robot was acquired by the Institut Gustave Roussy (France) in January 2022 where the team has already treated more than 100 patients. The very first patient in the United States was also successfully treated using the Epione® robot at Baptist Hospital in Miami (Florida) last month.

Beyond the new procedural advantages it provides, Epione® makes it possible to offer patients a minimally invasive treatment. It improves their comfort and facilitates their recovery, due to the absence of surgery.

For physicians and hospitals, Epione® combines advanced robotic assistance with image-guided navigation and ablation confirmation tools to promote the standardization of minimally invasive tumor ablation procedures. This is a major challenge given that more than 4 million abdominal cancers are diagnosed each year in the world[1].

“I am very pleased with this milestone, which above all underlines the perfect match between the HCL teams and the Epione® robot, which delivers all its promises. We are very excited to continue to explore the many benefits of Epione® and to support the next steps in the development of robotics in interventional radiology. This will undoubtedly lead to significant progress and extend hope for patients we do not have treatment solutions for so far” explains Prof. Laurent Milot, Deputy Chief Vascular & Interventional Radiology.

“The implementation of the Epione® robot within the Hospices Civils de Lyon is a success: in eight months, 50 patients have already benefited from our technology, as part of their cancer treatment. Pr. Laurent Milot’s teams are particularly enthusiastic. We are delighted with this collaboration, which improves access to care and patient comfort” said Bertin Nahum, president and co-founder of Quantum Surgical.


A demonstration video of the Epione robot is available here.


About Quantum Surgical

Quantum Surgical is a French medical robotics company and a major player in healthcare innovation. It develops solutions to address complex medical issues. Its Epione® robotic percutaneous ablation platform is dedicated to the curative and early treatment of cancers. Quantum Surgical thus offers a new approach to cancer treatment by standardizing access to care. More patients can therefore benefit from innovative, better targeted and less invasive treatments.

Co-founded in 2017 and with a team of 100+ employees, Quantum Surgical is based in Montpellier, with an international reach. Quantum Surgical received the Prix Galien USA in 2022, the equivalent of the Nobel Prize for biopharmaceutical research.

[1] Source: Global Cancer Observatory

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