In an earlier presentation about their stapler plans they were touting a stapler that could be fired multiple times per deployment without being retracted and reinserted for staple reload. Does anyone know if they are still developing this technology and which product will include it?
In their latest investor presentation they have the XPress 30 as their fourth on the list of priorities:
1) Get the XChange 30 thru the 510k process--coincident with this is the R&D work to show an expanded range of tissue that can be tolerated with the staples used by the EXchange 30. This will permit the XChange 30 to be used in vastly enhanced tissue surgeries for that increase of an addition 5 mm tolerance.
2) Follow up with the development and regulatory approval of the XChange 45 and Xchange 60
3) Follow up with the development and regulatory approval of the Flex 30
4) Develop and get approval for the XPress 30
The XPress 45 will be harder to accomplish because of the larger shaft required, its flexibility and technical challenges are significant. I don't think they will or have plans to try to develop the XPress 60 or the Flex 45 or Flex 60 for the same constraining reasons. Perhaps down the road once their marketing in the US is established and financial pressures are removed.