Boosting UK innovation in robotic surgery

A Cambridge-based manufacturer of surgical robots has put UK MedTech on the map – setting an example of how clinician-led innovation can be scaled-up at pace. The Clinical Services Journal visited CMR Surgical’s new state-of-the-art facility and saw first-hand how the company plans to boost innovation in the UK.

CMR Surgical – the global surgical robotics business – recently marked the opening of its new surgical robotics manufacturing facility in Cambridgeshire, UK, with an open day attended by pioneering surgeons, top hospital executives from around the UK, robotic surgery experts, healthcare leaders, as well as the team behind the Versius robot. 

CMR was first established in 2014 with a mission to “transform lives by making minimal access surgery (MAS) more accessible and affordable” and to “democratise access” to the benefits of robot-assisted surgery. The Versius robot fits into virtually any operating room set-up and integrates seamlessly into existing workflows, increasing the likelihood of robotic minimal access surgery.

Since its launch, the company has seen rapid growth and the new manufacturing facility in Cambridge will help meet increasing demand for Versius across Asia, Middle East and Africa, Asia Pacific, Latin America as well as Europe. Acting as a global hub for exports, serving over 20 markets, the site is home to production, quality, manufacturing engineering, supply, operations, and logistics

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