Surgery of the future is already here.

The world of surgery is undergoing technologization. Robotics are on the rise,

and surgery is increasingly changing from exploration-oriented towards seeing and prescient surgery.  

 

We enable the research, clinical testing and productization of advanced surgical technologies.

 

 

The future is already here

Advanced surgical technologies and
new treatments give a new life.

Smart ideas into products

Creating prescient and very precisely controlled surgical products.

Bringing top experts together

Pioneers of surgery, technology
and research around the same table.

Story

Head Instruments Ltd, established in 2016, develops surgical technologies. The company is based on dreams, experience, professional skill and the will to promote people's well-being and health.

The football tournament of a sporty ten-year- old boy, Jani Katisko, was interrupted by a headache and loss of sight. That day in the 1980's started events lasting until today, making Katisko an expert in surgical technologies.

Examinations and computed tomographic imaging, which was new at the time, were like Superman's gaze for a small boy – it was possible to see inside a human being. Technology and professional skill created dreams.

- I wanted to invent and develop something that would help people like I was helped. I also dreamed that, as an adult, I could work with something that would make a surgeon’s job easier. Something that would’ve made my own operation easier and safer.

Following his dreams and working for them took Katisko to studying physics, working at the Oulu University Hospital in summer, and immersing himself in hospital physics and surgical technologies, which are increasingly changing from exploration-oriented towards seeing and prescient activity.

- The greatest thing in my work is that I can see and experience how people are given a new life.

 

Ph.D. Jani Katisko works in Oulu University Hospital's operative unit as a medical physics expert and as the CEO of Head Instruments. He is the only person in Finland in his field and a specialist in deep brain stimulation. He has contributed to innovating and taking into use many new surgical methods, especially in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. In addition, Katisko has participated in the starting and training of DBS activities in Tampere, Kuopio and Turku. Katisko's specialty fields are advanced surgical technologies, intraoperative imaging, surgical control methods, neuromodulation, and especially deep brain stimulation. LinkedIn

 

Head MDM (Movement Disorder Monitor) is a wireless, real-time monitor for accurately analyzing the magnitude of movement disorders and the effectiveness of different treatments on the symptoms. The most common cause of a movement disorder is Parkinson’s disease. Other causes include dystonia, various diseases causing tremors, Tourette’s syndrome, congenital CP or MS. Tens of thousands of people in Finland suffer from a severe movement disorder disease.

 

Head MDM allows attending doctors and the patient to monitor the situation closely and compare the effectiveness of the selected treatment. This method makes it significantly easier to adjust the treatment, and patients reach the best balance of treatment faster.

 

The embedded archiving properties of the movement disorder monitor keep the data comparable, which speeds up the treatment process and reduces unnecessary appointments.

 

The device is also meant to be wirelessly connected to deep brain stimulation equipment, so that the monitor can automatically control brain synchronization based on observed symptoms.

 
 

News

 

Press release 13.6.2017

 
Head Instruments Ltd provides explicit knowledge for treating patients with movement disorders

 

The Oulu-based startup enterprise Head Instruments Ltd has developed a digital, wireless, real-time monitor Head MDM for accurately analyzing the magnitude of movement disorders and the effectiveness of different treatments on the symptoms. The most common cause of a movement disorder is Parkinson's disease. Other causes include dystonia, various diseases causing tremors, Tourette's syndrome, congenital CP or MS.

The Head MDM (Movement Disorder Monitor) is developed by Head Instruments and it allows attending doctors and the patient to monitor the situation closely and compare the effectiveness of the selected treatment. This method makes it significantly easier to adjust the treatment, and patients reach the best balance of treatment faster.

The embedded archiving properties of the movement disorder monitor keep the data comparable, which speeds up the treatment process and reduces unnecessary appointments.

The monitor is also meant to be wirelessly connected to deep brain stimulation equipment, so that the monitor can automatically control brain synchronization based on observed symptoms.

Head Instruments Ltd, established in 2016 in Oulu, provides solutions across sciences between surgery and technology. The main goal is to improve people's quality of life and well-being by offering more precise tools for use by both hospital staff and patients.

 

Further information:

Jani Katisko, CEO, Head Instruments Ltd
Tel. +358 44 5090 972 / jani.katisko@headteam.com

Press release 08.10.2016

 
Enterpreneur Veikko Lesonen contributing to the development of surgical robotics

 

In 2015 Oulu-based entrepreneur Veikko Lesonen, suffering from Parkinson's disease, benefited from DBS* surgery; now, he has joined Head Instruments Ltd, a company developing surgical robotics. The other owner and CEO of the company, established in March, is medical physics expert, Ph.D. Jani Katisko (Oulu University Hospital).

Head Instruments Ltd is an operator which enables the research of ideas and early concepts for the hospital environment, the clinical testing of concepts, piloting, and the bringing of products and services to the production phase.

- In my work, I've seen how the world of surgery is undergoing technologization. Robotics are on the rise, and surgery is increasingly changing from exploration-oriented towards seeing and prescient surgery. This is one of the things for which we, at Head Instruments, develop the necessary tools, says Katisko.

The Oulu University Hospital has long been a pioneer in brain surgical operations. Head Instruments also utilizes the high technological expertise found in the Oulu region. Veikko Lesonen especially emphasizes the development of the Oulu region and increasing the number of jobs, and hopes that this field will be one of the top projects in the development of the city.

- To enter new markets, we need innovations and people to execute them. Here in Oulu, we have both. We have the opportunity to create a new kind of surgery and a strong Oulu and Oulu region, Lesonen says.

Head Instruments enables a smooth cooperation across sciences between surgery and technology.

- An especially essential factor is that experts in medicine, in particular surgery, neuroscience, radiology, robotics, and engineering, engage in close dialogue around the same table to achieve a common goal, emphasizes Katisko.

The main goal of Head Instruments is to improve people's quality of life and well-being by offering more precise tools for use by both hospital staff and patients. 

Head Instruments Ltd's research and product development will start immediately, and the first prototypes will be completed by the year 2017. In the first phase, the products will focus on neuromodulation and imaging-controlled surgery.

*DBS, or Deep Brain Stimulation, is a treatment method where electrodes are implanted deep inside the brain to balance the brain's abnormal functioning. DBS is especially used in the treatment of movement disorders, such as Parkinson's disease, dystonia and various diseases causing tremors. DBS can also be used in the treatment of many other brain disorders, such as Tourette's syndrome, obsessive-compulsive disorder and epilepsy.

Ph.D. Jani Katisko works in Oulu University Hospital's operative unit as a medical physics expert and as the CEO of Head Instruments. He is the only person in Finland in his field and a specialist in deep brain stimulation. He has contributed to innovating and taking into use many new surgical methods, especially in neurosurgery and orthopedic surgery. In addition, Katisko has participated in the starting and training of DBS activities in Tampere, Kuopio and Turku. Katisko's specialty fields are advanced surgical technologies, intraoperative imaging, surgical control methods, neuromodulation, and especially deep brain stimulation.
 

Veikko Lesonen is an Oulu-based entrepreneur known as the founder of JOT Automation Ltd, a company that grew along with Nokia. After selling JOT, Lesonen founded the family company Head Invest Ltd at the turn of the millennium and has also been involved in many other companies. In 2001, he founded the Eija and Veikko Lesonen Foundation to support children and young people in Northern Finland.


Additional information:

Jani Katisko, CEO, Head Instruments Ltd
tel. +358 44 5090 972 / jani.katisko@headteam.com

www.headinstruments.fi

 

Requests for interviews:

Raisa Lesonen, Communications Manager, Head Instruments Ltd
tel. +358 20 1432 350 / raisa.lesonen@headteam.com

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