The work being done by NOSCAR is already benefiting NOTES by providing guidelines and a forum for research that will help move the procedure forward.
In 2007, the Company established the Covidien NOTES Research Fund in conjunction with NOSCAR to support clinical research in key technological areas of incisionless surgery, including peritoneal access, suturing and anastomotic devices.
Olympus has also regularly supported development in NOTES technology with NOSCAR through the Olympus Medical Systems Research Fund.
Rattner and Hawes co-chair the NOSCAR Joint Committee.
The NOSCAR Working Group identified a number of baseline issues in July 2005.
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