10 surgical robotics companies you need to know

The surgical robotics space saw a major shakeup last year. The da Vinci SP surgical robotics system [Image courtesy of Intuitive Surgical]“Robotics is hard. Robotics in healthcare is hard.”

Hani Abouhalka, Johnson & Johnson’s company group chair for Robotics & Digital, said those words at our DeviceTalks West event in California in October.

It pretty much sums up the situation for medtech companies large and small that sought to compete against Intuitive in the soft-tissue surgical robotics space. Despite the increased competition, Intuitive remains the undisputed leader. It’s even moving forward on a next-gen da Vinci robot.

For its part, Johnson & Johnson is sticking with plans to develop its Ottava surgical robot. J&J now plans to submit Ottava for FDA investigational device exemption (IDE) in the second half of 2024 in order to start clinical trials.

Even though it is sticking with robotic surgery, J&J laid off employees in th…

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Distalmotion, Proximie partner to bring telepresence to surgical robotics

The Dexter surgical robot platform. [Image courtesy of Distalmotion]Distalmotion announced today that it partnered with Proximie to extend its Dexter surgical robot platform globally.

Proximie develops an operating room (OR) operating system that provides hospitals and surgical centers access to preoperative data that can help inform patient care, plus real-time collaborative tools to record, train and deliver care. It also offers postoperative content management tools to capture and distribute content to colleagues.

The company’s aim is to allow health systems to establish an intelligent, digital layer to the OR to enable them to save time, money and lives.

Dexter easily integrates into clinical practice, the company says. It requires no additional infrastructure, fits into every clinical setting and features mobility for sharing across departments. Institutions can then scale robotics programs across surgical disciplines, enhancing the standard of care. Read more

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Distalmotion has a new CEO

New CEO Greg Roche. [Image courtesy of Distalmotion]Distalmotion announced that it appointed Greg Roche as its CEO as the company looks to continue commercial expansion for its surgical robot.

The company also named Roche to its board of directors. In his role, Roche will lead U.S. and European expansion initiatives for the Dexter surgical robot, helping with the next phase of Distalmotion’s growth.

“We are incredibly proud to welcome Greg to Distalmotion’s leadership team,” said Rick Anderson, Distalmotion board chair. “Greg’s global experience in the space, proven U.S. launch track record and depth of understanding of our market segment is an extraordinary fit and sets the company up for a very exciting future.”

Roche joins Distalmotion with more than 20 years of commercial and executive experience in the medtech industry. His background spans laparoscopic surgery, endoscopic visualization and surgical robotics. Most recently, Roche served as CEO of…

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8 more surgical robotics companies you need to know

The Versius surgical robotics system [Image from CMR Surgical] You know the big hitters in surgical robotics. Here are some of the companies you may not know about, but you should keep an eye on them.

Last month, MassDevice compiled a list of 16 surgical robotics companies you need to know. That list included the usual suspects, like Intuitive, Medtronic, Johnson & Johnson and more. But, a list of 16 companies hardly scratches the surface.

Competition continues to heat up what is already one of the hottest spaces in medtech. Here are eight more companies that made waves in robot-assisted surgery recently:

Company Robotic system CMR Surgical Versius Medical Microinstruments Symani Levita Magnetics MARS Virtuoso Surgical Virtuoso System eCential Robotics Surgivisio Globus Medical ExcelsiusGPS Distalmotion Dexter Quantum Surgical Epione CMR Surgical

Cambridge, United Kingdom-based CMR Surgical took a massive step forward in 2021.

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Distalmotion closes $90M Series E financing to support its Dexter surgical robot

[Image from Distalmotion]Surgical robot maker Distalmotion announced today that it closed a Series E financing round worth proceeds of $90 million.

Revival Healthcare Capital led the round, with participation from 415 Capital and existing investors.

According to a news release, Lausanne, Switzerland-based Distalmotion intends to use the funding to support the global commercialization of its Dexter surgical robot. Dexter received CE mark approval in Europe in December 2020.

Distalmotion designed Dexter for laparoscopic surgery in the fields of genera, gynecological and urological surgery. The company said the latest investment arrives as the platform takes its first steps into the operating room and the imminent commercial rollout looms.

The company says that the Dexter system combines the affordability of laparoscopy with the benefits of robotic surgery to increase simplicity and versatility in the space. Leading European hospitals are currently spea…

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