A new generation of gentle surgical instrument designed for gynecology. Innovation makes our lives easier than ever before. But when it comes to issues that specifically impact women, we’re often stuck in the last century. Women’s care in many gynecology procedures is one of these issues. There hasn’t been any true innovation in this area for centuries.
We invented Aspivix because we believe that women deserve a gentler and more modern method to grasp and stabilize the cervix, a very intimate part of body, during many procedures which require to access the uterus. So be the insertion of an Intra- uterine Device for contraception or an Intra-Uterine Insemination in reproductive medicine.
Women deserve a new generation of surgical instrument, with a gentle and soft suction pad in lieu of sharp jaws harming the cervix tissue. Women deserve to choose their contraception without fear, visit their gynecologist without stress and leave without pain.
The people behind Aspivix share the same ambition to innovate women’s care. We’re driven by our willingness to change the game for millions of women, bearing the pain of obsolete gynecological practices, every year. No doubt is possible! Every single one of us is contagiously motivated about bringing Aspivix to women and caregivers around the world.
The idea of development germinated after Dr. David Finci, Medical Doctor, certified FMH in Gynecology, observed that, currently, there is no alternative to the tenaculum. In the private office in Geneva, Dr. David Finci had to use tenaculum on the daily basis for procedure requiring the access to the uterine cavity by grasping and stabilizing the cervix (the entrance of the uterus). The tenaculum has been used and has remained unmodified for centuries. It still features stainless-steel jaws ending in sharp inward-pointing hooks.
To achieve its grasping effectiveness, a tenaculum obviously causes pain, is traumatic, and often triggers bleeding and sometimes iatrogenic lesions of the cervix.
Besides the fact that Dr. David Finci was uncomfortable every time he had to afflict the pain to the patient, this procedure implied many unnecessary steps due to the use of tenaculum (i.e.: anesthesia, patients were instructed to cough, closing the tenaculum completely without “audible clicks” to reduce anxiety, stop the bleeding, and many conversations to reassure the patients).
Dr. David Finci and his brother, Julien Finci, EPFL engineer and project leader in new technology development for medical devices, decided to investigate potential alternatives to the tenaculum. After a few months of research and investigation, they built their first prototype (see figure below of the first prototype). It was the first premise of Aspivix. With my support, Mathieu Horras, MBA insead and Global director for Product Management and Marketing in Medtech, we co-founded and incorporated Aspivix in July 2015.
Peter Drucker said that “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” This sentence is at the very heart of our inspiration and motivation. Launching Aspivix is driven by our willingness to fill a gap in gynecology practice and changing the game for millions of women bearing the pain of obsolete practices every year. Our vision is to create a new workplace in Switzerland to shape the future of women’s care through innovation.
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