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  • 02-Sep-2017

Medical Robotic Technologies

Abstract

Medical Robotic Technologies (MRT), established in 2011 in Eindhoven, The Netherlands, specializes in the development and commercialization of high precision surgical robotics. We believe that our small, affordable and dedicated robotic solutions will enable surgeons to achieve the impossible and make complex surgery available for the masses with better patient outcomes.

Our first business spin-off in 2015, Preceyes, offers vitreoretinal procedures and is the world's first to operate in the eye. The second spin-off in 2016 was Microsure which offers high precision suturing to prevent lymphedema.

Prof. Dr. Maarten Steinbuch (CEO) and Anupam Nayak (COO) have taken over the ownership of MRT. As part of our new strategy, we will not spin-off henceforth, but create a 1000 strong company of high precision robotic specialists by 2027 in Eindhoven with customers and partners worldwide. Our team in bone robotics will cover inner ear procedures such as cochlear implants, tumor removals and cranio-maxillofacial surgery. Other emerging portfolios include robotics for deep brain procedures.

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Who is your customer?

Surgeons and hospitals seeking high precision assisted robotic surgery for complex or currently impossible procedures. We also work with world leading pharma companies enabling them with new technologies for precision drug delivery.

What problem does this idea/product solve or what market need does it serve?

Although application of robotics in medicine is well established over the past decade, its steep cost has made it inaccessible to most institutions, significantly limited its applicability in medical practice, and the need for a highly specialised surgical team has restricted its value. The main reason is that the technology was positioned as a highly specialised cumbersome centralized unit, requiring entirely new array of surgical tools, limited customisability to multiple applications, and as a sophisticated accessory only for advanced applications. However, the real need is to make medical robotic applications relevant to both simple and complex surgical needs, accessible to many, relevant at multiple settings, so that it becomes a useful tool in healthcare bringing quality and consistency to surgical care improving the surgeons output as well as outcomes.

What attributes will make this idea/product successful? Why do you believe that those features will create success?

# high precision - needed for complex surgeries # efficient procedures - shorter duration, less harm to patient promoting faster recovery, # shorten training programs - for surgeons enabling them to start earlier as well as continue late into their career. Our robots filter away hand tremors which are the main limiting cause for senior precision surgeons to retire early.

Explain how you (your team) will execute to make this idea/product successful? What gives you (your team) an advantage over others already in the market or new to this market?

Eindhoven is the world #1 for high precision engineering. The rich expertise available in academia and industry in conjunction with close collaboration with the Dutch regional and national governments has provide us over the years unparalleled competitive advantage.