Magnetecs Hosted Cardio-Innovations Dinner In Madrid During Europace Conference

Madrid Minister of Health Addressed approximately 100 Guests at the Magnetecs Dinner Event

INGLEWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- Magnetecs Corporation, a designer and manufacturer of robotic catheterization control systems for minimally invasive surgical procedures, reported that the company held its first annual Cardio-Innovations Dinner in Madrid, Spain. The event brought together leading electrophysiologists and other cardiologists as well as industry leaders, hospital administrators and political leaders from the Spanish government to learn about the new frontiers for treatment using robotic guidance technologies such as the Magnetecs’ Catheter Guidance Control Imaging (CGCI) System.

Held at the historic Palace Hotel located in the heart of Madrid, the dinner on June 27, 2011 coincided with the 2011 EHRA Europace Congress, which represents over 68,000 medical professionals who specialize in the study of arrhythmia and other heart disorders. This year’s congress drew over 5,000 attendees from around the world to engage in an array of scientific and educational programs to further cardiology science and patient treatment.

The dinner was hosted by Magnetecs CEO and Founder, Josh Shachar, who gave the night’s keynote address on the future of Robotic Surgery. In a special recognition ceremony, CEO Josh Shachar then presented an Award of Merit to the President of Madrid, Esperanza Aguirre y Gil de Biedma, Countess of Murillo, Grandee of Spain, and President of Madrid’s People’s Party, for her exemplary work in helping facilitate and promote the use of advanced robotic guidance systems in health care. The award was accepted by Madrid’s Minister of Health, Javier Fernandez-Lasquetty, who delivered a lengthy address covering advances in healthcare supported by the Spanish Government as exemplified by the work of Magnetecs in the field of robotic guidance. Awards were also presented by Josh Shachar to the key developers of the CGCI System. Recipients included: Lazlo Farkas, Chief Scientist; Bruce Marx, Vice President and Director of Real-Time and Control Software; David Johnson, Vice President and Director of Software Engineering; Shawn Hakim, Vice President and Director of Mechanical Engineering; and others.

Additional speakers included Dr. Eli Gang, M.D., Chief Medical Officer of Magnetecs, Clinical Professor of Medicine at the Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, and Director of the Clinical Electrophysiology Laboratory at Brotman Hospital in Los Angeles; Dr. Jose L. Merino, M.D., Ph.D., Director of the Arrhythmia–Electrophysiology Research Unit at the La Paz University Hospital in Madrid, Spain; and Dr. Vivek Reddy, M.D., Helmsley Trust Professor of Medicine at the Mount Sinai School of Medicine in New York, Director of the Cardiac Arrhythmia Service at Mount Sinai Hospital, and Founder of the Annual International Symposium on Ventricular Arrhythmias. Dr. Gang covered the milestones and achievements of Magnetecs in the field of robotic surgery. Dr. Merino summarized the results of successful clinical trials he has completed at La Paz Hospital, and Dr. Reddy spoke about the challenges facing the field of electrophysiology and the potential of the Magnetecs robotic CGCI system in meeting these challenges.

Live-Case Presentation of Magnetecs CGCI Given to EHRA Congress

Attendees at the 2011 EHRA Europace Congress had the opportunity to view a Live-Case presentation of the CGCI System performed at the medical suite built by Magnetecs at the La Paz Hospital and beamed to physicians at the conference. Dr. Merino presented the Live-Case to physicians, industry leaders, and media personnel who watched the procedure from an exhibition hall at the IFEMA Conference Center in Madrid. The procedure created a detailed map of the patient’s heart and clearly demonstrated the speed and accuracy of the CGCI system.

In addition to Dr. Merino and his staff, Professor Eli Gang provided live narration, and CEO and Founder Josh Shachar was on hand at the hospital control room for this broadcast event.

Media Turns Its Focus on Magnetecs

TV, radio and print journalists from across the country all covered this dynamic breakthrough in robotic-assisted guidance technology.

Stories ran in leading publications such as El Pais, La Vanguardia, El Mundo and Europa Press, and Spain’s number one broadcast network, TVE News, ran three separate segments on CGCI.

States one journalist writing for Agengcie EFE, “{CGCI} can cure in a precise and efficient manner any kind of cardiac arrhythmia of the four chambers of the heart and of the large thoracic vessels.” Another in the Europa Press, quotes Dr. Jose Merino as saying, “The almost instantaneous response of the CGCI system eliminates the gap between command and movement.”

In addition, Spain’s Gestiona Radio conducted an interview with CEO and Founder Josh Shachar. In the interview, Shachar discussed the benefits and innovation behind CGCI and its importance in giving the physician a better tool to treat patients with cardiac arrhythmia problems.

The media segments from Magnetec’s EHRA presentation, including TV broadcasts, radio interviews and published articles, can be viewed at the news and media sections on the Magnetecs website at


Magnetecs Corporation designs and manufactures a unique and highly efficient robotic catheterization control system for minimally invasive surgical procedures and the advanced specialized tools used in these procedures. The company believes that its proprietary CGCI system will greatly improve the efficacy, safety and cost efficiency of many common minimally invasive surgeries. Magnetecs has established advanced electrophysiology surgical suites for CGCI development and testing at the company’s headquarters facility in Inglewood, California. For additional information on CGCI and Magnetecs Corporation, please visit the company’s website at


Magnetecs Corporation
Daniel Saks, Senior Vice President, Corporate Affairs

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