LevitaMagnetics400x275Levita Magnetics, which is developing a surgical robotics platform , has announced its first robotic-assisted surgical procedure with its newest system, the Levita Robotic Platform. The first case was a reduced-incision laparoscopic cholecystectomy (gallbladder removal) completed by Dr. Ignacio Robles, a surgeon at Clinica INDISA in Santiago, Chile, as part of a current clinical study of the system.


ProceptAquaBeam400x275PROCEPT BioRobotics, which is developing surgical robots to help transform the field of urology, has announced raising $85 million in Series G financing. The round was led by Fidelity Management & Research Company LLC. The company said it intends to use the funds to support global commercial expansion of its AquaBeam Robotic System, an image-guided surgical robot system for use in minimally invasive urologic surgery.


InterventionalMicromate400x275Austria’s Interventional Systems has announced that Micromate, a miniature medical robot for percutaneous procedures, has received FDA 510(k) clearance, allowing the robotics company to operate in the U.S. The company said it plans to launch operations throughout the second half of 2021 by launching centers of excellence for robotic-guided interventional procedures, and establishing commercial partnerships with third parties looking for a robot offering to their customers.


CMRSurgicalVersius400x275CMR Surgical has announced it raised $600 million (£425 million) in a Series D financing round. The round was co-led by SoftBank Vision Fund 2 and Ally Bridge Group, with the goal of making keyhole surgery accessible to more people worldwide. The funding will be used to increase the global commercialization of CMR’s Versius next-generation surgical robotic system and further develop its digital ecosystem, the company said.


THINKSurgical400x275THINK Surgical, which develops orthopedic surgery robotics, and Ortho Development Corp., an orthopedic device manufacturer, have announced FDA clearance to use Ortho’s Balanced Knee System and BKS TriMax implants with THINK’s TSolution One Total Knee Application. The system for total knee replacement supports an open implant library, giving surgeons a choice of implant options.


USMI Canady400x275US Medical Innovations (USMI) has announced it is developing “the first robotic delivery system used for cancer surgery.” The Canady Surgical System (CSS) is a space-efficient, stand-alone solution for robotic-assisted surgery during open, laparoscopic/mini-invasive, endoscopic, thoracoscopic and trans-oral surgical procedures, the company said in a statement.


VicariousSurgical400x275Vicarious Surgical, a robotics company that combines robotics with virtual reality, has announced a definitive business combination agreement with D8 Holdings, a special purpose acquisition company (SPAC). The transaction values the company at an enterprise value of $1.1 billion, and is expected to provide more than $425 million in cash with a fully committed $115 million PIPE, priced at $10 per share. The combined company will operate as Vicarious Surgical Inc., and will be listed on the New York Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol RBOT.


ActivSurgicalModule400x275Activ Surgical, which develops digital surgical technologies, has announced that the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has given 510(k) clearance for the company’s ActivSight Intraoperative Imaging Module for enhanced surgical visualization. The hardware-agnostic imaging module is designed to give surgeons real-time intraoperative visual data and imaging not currently available to them through existing technologies. The company said this can improve patient outcomes and safety in the operating room.

CUVIS Joint 400x275Medical robot company CUREXO has announced that its in-house developed artificial joint surgical robot, CUVIS-joint, has received the CE Mark from the European Economic Area (EEA). The South Korean-based company said the robot was MFDS certified in June 2020 and has been provided to domestic general hospitals and orthopedic hospitals.

Lightpoint400x275Lightpoint Medical, which is developing miniaturized cancer detection tools for robot-assisted surgery platforms, has announced completing an $8 million financing round. New funding from the British Business Bank Future Fund, including follow-on investment, has raised the total raised for the company to $18 million.


FusionRobotics400x275Fusion Robotics, which is developing a spinal robotics and navigation system, has announced the successful completion of a spine procedure using the company’s technology platform. Completed by Dr. Kevin Foley at Baptist Memorial Hospital in Memphis, Tenn., the procedure was a single-level minimally invasive transforaminal lumbar interbody fusion (MI-TLF), including the placement of pedicle screw fixation guided by the Fusion Robotics system.


OmniVisionCamModule400x275OmniVision Technologies, which develops advanced imaging solutions, announced two new products in the medical imaging space. The OH0TA OVMed medical image sensor quadruples the resolution of its previous sensor, and also breaks the Guinness World Record for “smallest commercially available image sensor.” The second launch is the OVMed OCHTA camera module, which also improves image quality for single-use endoscopy procedures in the smallest parts of the body. 

BrainlabLoop X 400x275Germany-based Brainlab has announced reaching two major milestones with the FDA clearance of its Loop-X Mobile Imaging Robot and Cirq, a robotic surgical system. Following on European CE mark approvals last summer, the FDA clearance allows Brainlab to enter U.S. markets with its Cirq robotic alignment module for spine procedures, and Loop-X, a robotic intraoperative imaging device.


CeleraMotionCapitan400x275Celera Motion, which develops precision motion component and sub-system solutions, has announced its Capitan Series to their line of premium performance Ingenia servo drives. The drives are aimed to deliver maximum performance for applications that include surgical robotics, exoskeletons, robotic joints and end effectors, among others.


CeleraMotion AuraSeries400x275Celera Motion, which develops precision motion component and subsystem solutions, has announced the Aura Absolute Chip Encoder Series to its line of precision rotary and linear optical encoders with MicroE technology. Aura uses a short wave-length LED for precise absolute position decoding, Celera said in a statement. An incremental scale track and advanced sensor produce pure sine wave signals, enabling high-resolution interpolation with run speeds greater than 80k rpm.


SENSEI LightpointMedical 400x275Lightpoint Medical, a medical device company developing miniaturized surgical tools for advanced intra-operative cancer detection, has received CE Mark approval for SENSEI, a robotic gamma probe that will be commercially available to European hospital systems.