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Several industries have witnessed drastic changes due to robotics and medicine is not an exception. Just like how manufacturers depend on robots to minimise human errors and maintain product quality, even robots are used in the field of medicine to perform surgeries with high levels of precision and help patients live a normal life.
By embracing robotics, surgeons and hospitals can reduce human error, minimise recovery time, and reduce the duration of hospital stay. Eventually, they can enhance the quality of life of the patients. Also, robotic equipment lets surgeons perform minimally invasive surgeries like never before.
Currently, there are several robotic companies that leverage the advancements in this technology with their solutions.These robotic solutions will soon be adopted by sectors such as disease discovery, bionics, and rehabilitation. As medical robotics is the future, here we have come up with a list of innovative medical robotics startups in Europe as sourced from Dealroom.
Medical Microinstruments (Italy)
Founders: Massimiliano Simi, Giuseppe Prisco, Hannah Teichmann
Funding: €20 million
Valuation: €80 million – €120 million
Founded year: 2015
Why its hot: Medical Microinstruments has developed a robotic platform and microinstruments that extend the possibilities of surgical interventions. The company cares about patients and has a meaningful impact on care. As there is an opportunity to advance microsurgical treatment options with an innovative robotic platform, the company has made it a reality with the new generation of materials and manufacturing processes that make wristed micro-surgical instruments possible.
AOT Swiss (Switzerland)
Founders: Alfredo Bruno, Hans Florian Zeilhofer, Jurgens Philipp, Philippe Cattin
Funding: €10.9 million
Valuation: CHF46 million – CHF69 million
Founded year: 2010
Why its hot: AOT Swiss has reinvented bone surgery with its CARLO (Cold Ablation Robot-guided Laser Osteotome) system. It works precisely than human beings and paves the way to more gently treatment options. It keeps bone tissue vital and intact at the spot of the laser incision. It is a custom-designed, small, and lightweight robotic arm with navigation and control software. It lets surgeons perform bone surgeries with unpredecented precision.
Founders: Bruno Fournier, Philippe Bencteux
Funding: €6.4 million
Valuation: €2 million – €3 million
Founded year: 2009
Why its hot: The French medtech startup Robocath designs, develops, and commercialises robotic solutions to treat cardiovascular diseases. It’s first European robotic-assisted solution for PCI, R-One, obtained the CE-mark in February this year. It is designed to operate with great precision and carry out specific movements for better interventional conditions. Notably, R-One from Robocath is compatible with leading devices and cath labs. The company aims to become a global leader in vascular robotics by developing remote treatment options for emergencies.
GOGOA Mobility Robots (Spain)
Founders: Carlos F. Isoird
Founded year: 2015
Why its hot: GOGOA Mobility Robots operates with the mission to develop affordable yet effective wearable solutions that help humans increase the capacity for movement. These solutions provide support to the neck, shoulder, and lumbar in various health-related critical challenges. These wearable robotics solutions support human movement.
Founders: Torsten Freltoft
Founded year: 2010
Why its hot: AcouSort develops continuous flow-based microfluidic systems for particle/cell separation, handling, and enrichment technology. The core technology depends on acoustic standing wave forces integrated within the microfluidic systems. This enables rapid processing and sorting of cell samples. The company develops proprietary bioanalytical and clinical applications depending on acoustophoresis.
ABLE Human Motion (Spain)
Founders: Alex Garcia, Alfons Carnicero, Josep Font
Founded year: 2018
Why its hot: Spinal cord injury is a catastrophe and millions of people across the world struggle with it due to disability for a lifetime. With ABLE Human Motion, these people could stand up and walk with the robotic exoskeleton. This Spanish startup is a spin-off from UPC and overcomes limitations with its domestic, lightweight, and affordable exoskeleton. The solution from this company restores the ability to walk naturally in an intuitive way.
Founders: Maarten Beelen, Thijs Meenink
Founded year: 2011
Why its hot: Eindhoven-based medtech startup Preceyes develops innovative robotic solutions to assist eye surgeons to perform the most demanding surgeries including the delivery of advanced therapeutics. The company makes this possible with its latest, high-precision treatments.
Medineering Surgical Robotics (Germany)
Founders: Stephan Nowatschin, Maximilian Krinninger
Founded year: 2014
Why its hot: Medineering wants the benefits of robotic assistance available for an increased number of patients undergoing neck and head surgery. The company develops, manufactures, and markets application-specific and convenient robotic solutions including Intelligent Positioning Arm and others that assist surgeons when operating on complex anatomical regions.
Reboocon Bionics (Netherlands)
Founders: Shiqian Wang
Founded year: 2016
Why its hot: Reboocon Bionics deals with the challenges of technology. The company was founded with the determination to advance robotic technology to help disabled people. Based in Delft, it develops lightweight, intelligent, and easy to operate robots. It aims to make those who suffer from mobility impairment to stand up and walk and live a normal life like the others.
Rob Surgical Systems (Spain)
Founders: Josep Amat, Alicia Casals, Manel Frigola, Jaume Amat
Founded year: 2012
Why its hot: Rob Surgical Systems is committed to developing best-in-class robots for minimally invasive surgery. The company aims to universalise high-precision surgery to address the challenges of the medical community and improve patient care. It offers innovative, efficient, and high-quality robotic systems designed to meet the medical needs.
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