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François Huberland wins the ESGE Innovation of the year Award

Published on March 26, 2021 Updated on March 29, 2021

François Huberland received the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Innovation of the Year 2021 Award for his device called MAGUS: MAgnetic Gastrointestinal Universal Septotome.

Huberland's device François Huberland and his team won the European Society of Gastrointestinal Endoscopy (ESGE) Innovation of the Year 2021 Award in the Best Device category. Called MAGUS (for MAgnetic Gastrointestinal Universal Septotome), the device is the result of a collaboration between the Beams department, the Brussels Medical Device Center (BMDC), the gastroenterology department of the Erasmus hospital, and the Champalimaud foundation in Lisbon.

The device consists of magnets and a thread that slowly cuts through the tissue by compression over a period of 2 to 4 weeks. The system, implanted by endoscopy (through the mouth), aims to treat patients suffering from swallowing disorders (vomiting, dysphagia, etc.). Since the start of the clinical study at the Erasmus Hospital in February 2020, more than 10 patients have benefited from this new treatment, with very promising short-term results.

The ESGE Innovation of the Year award is intended to encourage and recognize excellence in contributing to new technique or device to enhancing endoscopic based healthcare. Awards can be given for a project by any individual, or group of individuals, or organization (from private or public sectors). "With the Innovation of the Year award we are seeking the most inspiring, ground breaking and potentially game changing innovations in endoscopy. Students, physicians, institutes, corporate partners and biomedical companies may submit applications demonstrating how their innovation (new technique, new device) has changed patient management and increased quality standards", explains the ESGE.