VitestroBloodDrawing400x275Vitestro, a medical robotics company based in The Netherlands, has announced an advanced autonomous blood drawing device that combines artificial intelligence, ultrasound imaging and robotics. The device is designed to empower patients to be self-efficacious in the full blood collection procedure, and is expected to be introduced in 2024.


StrykerQ 400x275Stryker, which develops medical technologies in orthopedics, neurotechnology and spine applications, has announced that its Q Guidance System has received 510(k) clearance from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). When used with Stryker’s Spine Guidance Software, the Q system is an advanced planning and intraoperative guidance system that can enable open or percutaneous computer-assisted surgery.


MMI Symani Simulator400x275Italy’s Medical Microinstruments (MMI), a robotics company developing systems for patients undergoing microsurgery, has announced its Symani Surgical System Simulator developed by VirtaMed. The simulator aims to improve, expand and digitize pathways for Symani training as surgeons prepare to expand their microsurgical skills through robotics.


NowRX 400x275NowRX, a technology-powered pharmacy looking to provide same-day prescription delivery and telehealth services, has partnered with Hyundai Motor Group to explore the use of new solutions in the delivery of prescription medications, including autonomous vehicles.


CybernetixVentures400x275Cybernetix Ventures, an independent venture capital firm that invests in early-stage robotics, automation and artificial intelligence companies, has announced launching its first global fund, headquartered in Boston. 


VirtualIncision400x275Virtual Incision Corporation, which is developing a miniaturized robotic-assisted surgery (RAS) platform, has announced the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved an Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) supplement. This will complete the final stage of its clinical study analyzing the MIRA Platform in bowel resection procedures. Virtual Incision said the approval was supported by a favorable interim clinical study report on the safety profile of MIRA.


MIT Remote Stroke400x275MIT engineers have developed a telerobotic system to help surgeons quickly and remotely treat patients experiencing a stroke or aneurysm. With a modified joystick, surgeons in one hospital may control a robotic arm at another location to safely operate on a patient during a critical window of time that could save the patient’s life and preserve their brain function.


DiligentFoundersMoxi400x275Austin, Texas-based Diligent Robotics has announced it raised more than $30 million in a Series B funding round, bringing the total investment in its company to more than $50 million. The company is developing socially intelligent service robots and artificial intelligent solutions that enable robots to collaborate within and adapt to human environments.


Omnicell IVXStation400x275Omnicell, which develops automated medication management and analytics, has announced the IVX Station, designed to scale the benefits of IV robotic technology. The new systems are aimed to automate workflows, optimize operations, and help improve patient care in a complex regulatory environment.


IntuitionElliQRobot400x275Intuition Robotics has announced the official commercial launch of its digital care companion, ElliQ, which is now available for purchase here. The ElliQ robot is a sidekick for healthier, happier aging, accompanying “older adults on their journey to age independently while motivating them to live healthier lives.”


Zeta400x275Boston-based Zeta Surgical, which is developing a surgical navigation system through robotics and mixed reality, has announced raising $5.2 million in financing. The round was led by Innospark Ventures, with the participation of TSVC, Y Combinator, Trevor Fetter, and others.


UDE connectors400x275ODU has announced a new space-saving product design for its MEDI-SNAP, which offers a number of combination possibilities in the smallest installation spaces due to smaller design, high pole density and low weight. With the new size 3.5, even up to a maximum of 41 signal contacts are possible. However, the new connector is also ideally suitable for a whole range of hybrid requirements.


VirtaMedSim400x275VirtaMed, which develops medical simulation training, has teamed up with medical device company Memic Innovative Surgery to develop a new virtual reality simulator program to support surgeon skills training for the Hominis Surgical System. 


AflacDuck400x275Insurance firm Aflac has created a new version of its award-winning robotic duck and is now distributing it to children with sickle cell disease, which impacts more than 100,000 Americans, primarily in the African-American community.


UVD Europe 400x275Robotics World spoke with Blue Ocean Robotics CEO Claus Risager about how his company is handling surging demand for disinfection robots while also managing supply shortages for key components.


DistilMotionDexter400x275Switzerland-based Distalmotion has announced raising $90 million in Series E financing to help support the global commercialization of its surgical robot, Dexter. Revival Healthcare Capital led the funding round, with participation from 415 Capital and existing investors.