• Frank Makrides

Forming the Future of Safe Neurotechnology

Updated: Sep 21


Hubly Surgical is a medical device company forming the future of safe neurotechnology. We are first advancing intracranial access, streamlining previously proven safety features with our unique IP protected deep tech to make accessing the brain the safe, standard procedure it needs to be. Hubly Drilling System is an innovative, safer, and cost-effective alternative for the 100,000+ life-saving intracranial access procedures performed annually in the U.S.

Patients with hydrocephalus, traumatic brain injury, intracranial hemorrhage, cancers of the nervous system, brain tumors, epilepsy, and subdural hematomas often undergo surgical treatments which rely on intracranial access. Such procedures are performed both inside (80,000 procedures U.S. annual) and outside (20,000 U.S. annual) of the operating room, making it one of the most common neurosurgeries. Yet, the current bedside procedure relies on an inaccurate, hand-crank drill deficient of any safety features. This shortcoming is manifest by the 40% misplacement rate of catheters during intracranial access procedures and the 3-attempt average for functional catheter placement. 50% of bedside and 10% of operating room intracranial access procedures yield patients’ suffering from infection, hemorrhage, stroke, neurological injury, and death. Hubly Surgical is solving the problem of high failure intracranial access inside and outside of the operating room.

The patent-pending Hubly Drilling System is new and innovative because it includes safety, guidance, and ease of use features for use both inside and outside of the operating room. Our device includes (1) entirely mechanical, pressure-based plunge prevention; (2) battery power — rather than wired, electric power as is used in the operating room; (3) hardware catheter guidance utilizing the Ghajar guide technique, which has been proven to facilitate accurate freehand placement; and (4) hardware drilling path guidance. Hubly Drilling System could save 10,000 lives each year through catheter guidance alone and also eliminate plunging into brain tissue, which in total, cost the U.S. healthcare system $1 billion annually. While the Hubly Drilling System is optimized for intracranial access, the underlying plunge prevention technology can be adopted for alternative indications such as spinal taps and epidurals, which have lower failure rates but enormous markets.

Hubly Surgical — forming the future of safe neurotechnology.

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