Smith+Nephew is awakening the surgical robotics market this week by announcing the creation of a purpose-built innovation center for digital surgery and robotics. The London-based company said the center will be located in Munich, Germany and will open in late 2022.
S+N said the new innovation center will bring healthcare professionals from Europe, the Middle East and Africa together with its R&D and medical education teams to explore digital surgery and robotics techniques and technologies. At its core is Real Intelligence, SN’s digital ecosystem, including the new CORI robotic-assisted surgical system.
Launched in July 2020, S+N’s CORI is a surgeon-controlled handheld robotic platform, and its modular architecture will enable it to scale across the orthopedic service line.
The center will also be home to the company’s digital surgery and robotics R+D team, enabling them to collaborate with surgeons, scientists and engineers, driving innovation that meets unmet clinical needs. Much of this team joined Brainlab’s S+N under the terms of a collaboration agreement announced in 2019.
“We are pleased to announce this state-of-the-art facility focused on the development and delivery of digital surgery technologies and techniques,” said Peter Coenen, president of Smith+Nephew EMEA, in a release. “We look forward to our plans as we advance our technology vision, and to welcoming customers to experience a new approach to medical education when we open next year.”