Medical Journal - Houston (Internet / Print) June 2006 The University of Texas Medical Branch at Galveston has signed a technology licensing agreement with a new Austin, Texas-based medical device start-up company, Apollo Endosurgery. The licensed technologies were developed by the Apollo Group, a collaboration of gastroenterologists, including Dr. Jay Pasricha from UTMB. The technologies licensed to the new company ultimately are expected to allow surgeons to perform minimally invasive procedures on a wide variety of common health problems by inserting specially designed endoscopes into a patient’s mouth and making a small incision in the stomach to gain access to the organs in the peritoneal cavity. Because the stomach lining heals more quickly than does the skin, the devices are believed to be a less invasive means to gain entry to organs for a variety of procedures.