There's a new surgical robot on the market in Europe and the Middle East, and this one can assist in stenting procedures such as angioplasty. Rouen, France-based Robocath developed R-One, which is the first European robotic solution to obtain the CE mark in the field of interventional cardiology.
R-One is designed to enable precision technologies that complement existing methods, in order to improve procedures and the working environment. The company said the device uses a unique technology that optimizes the safety of robotic-assisted coronary angioplasty. The R-One has an open architecture so it is compatible with market-leading devices and cath labs.
The system is comprised of a radio-protected control unit and a robotic unit. The control station includes a screen designed to protect medical staff from radiation exposure while using joysticks to operate the robotic unit on the other side of the screen.
"Our entry into the market for interventional vascular robotics represents a substantial opportunity for growth," said Philippe Bencteux, MD, chairman and founder of Robocath. "There is the potential for the R-One solution to be installed in more than 3,000 procedure rooms, performing around 1.6 million interventions each year in Europe alone. Building on our CE mark, we expect to finalize a number of strategic distribution partnerships very shortly in high potential geographic areas, with a Europe and Middle East-wide launch expected in 2020.”
Bencteux founded Robocath in 2009. In developing the robot, Bencteux told MD+DI that the challenge Robocath was faced with was that the robot had to be very precise, very user-friendly, very affordable, and also universal (compatible with existing devices).
"The most important issues of robotics today is price and time consumption and I think we developed a really time- and cost-efficient robotic solution," Bencteux said.
Bencteux said Robocath as a company has been quite agile and spent only 10 million euros to get the robot through the CE mark process. The company is planning a new fundraising campaign, with support from its existing investors, to support the full commercial launch of R-One and to develop the next generation of the robot.