Dr Robot: Robotics and automation in the medical sector

Robotics in the healthcare and pharmaceutical sector has a relatively long history, having started with a robot called the Puma 560 in 1985, according to All About Robotic Surgery.

Now, however, a number of robotic and automation systems have been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration for operation in healthcare environments, and the market is probably set to grow exponentially in the next few years as they become fully commercialised.

While robotic surgery systems such as Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci may be the most photogenic of the systems, gaining a lot of publicity in recent years, there are numerous other systems being developed, with some already being used in healthcare.  Continue reading Dr Robot: Robotics and automation in the medical sector

Surgeons in robotic surgery ‘world first’

 

Eureka Alert says it is “the world’s first super-microsurgical intervention with robot hands”. 

A team of plastic surgeons at Maastricht University Medical Center have used a robot to surgically treat a patient with lymphedema.

Lymphedema is a chronic condition in which fluid builds up and causes swelling in parts of the body.  Continue reading Surgeons in robotic surgery ‘world first’

Cambridge Medical Robotics raises another $26 million in funding

Cambridge Medical Robotics, a company which is developing a robotic system for minimal access surgery, has closed its Series A funding round, raising a further $26m.

The investment came from existing investors Cambridge Innovation Capital, LGT Global Invest, Escala Capital and ABB Technology Ventures, and new investor Watrium.

Together with the first tranche in July 2016, the Series A round has raised $46m in total.  Continue reading Cambridge Medical Robotics raises another $26 million in funding

Cambridge Medical unveils its new surgical robot

Cambridge Medical Robotics, which is developing a surgical robot, has released the first photographs of the system, Versius.

The images show the “revolutionary” design of the robot, including its “highly versatile” surgical bio-mimicking arms.

The release of the photographs marks a major milestone, says CMR, which aims to make minimal access surgery available to all the estimated 6 million people a year who could benefit and make it easier for laparoscopic surgeons to learn and perform the technique.  Continue reading Cambridge Medical unveils its new surgical robot