Cipher Surgical’s first product aims to solve a key challenge facing surgeons in the fast growing field of laparoscopy (keyhole surgery through the abdomen), that of maintaining continuous operative visions. A laparoscope transmits an image of the operative site to a screen, acting as the surgeon’s eyes but the lens can become soiled by blood, fat, condensation and other contaminants. To clean it, which can happen 6-10 times per hour, the laparoscope is removed from the patient and cleaned manually. As a result the surgeon’s work flow and concentration is broken and patient risk in increased. The Laparojet is a patentable disposable which retrofits all laparoscopes and, activated by the surgeon, delivers a jet of carbon dioxide across the lens, to clear instantly. The Laparojet is expected to be launched in Europe in 2012.