IBEC/UPC spin-off for surgical robotics

A new spin-off company created by IBEC and the UPC will focus on the manufacture and marketing of surgical systems.

Rob Surgical Systems Inc., a technology company driven by IBEC group leader Alicia Casals and senior researcher Manuel Frigola, as well as Josep Amat of the Automatic Control and Computer Engineering Department of the UPC, was approved by the university’s governing council on Friday.

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The company will manufacture the systems that IBEC’s Robotics group has been developing in recent years. The first product will be a minimally invasive robotic station, Bitrack, which has advantages over those currently on the market since it occupies less space in the operating room. Its specially adapted user interface also enables a faster start-up, reducing the cost of interventions.

The new company will validate the initial prototype of Bitrack and obtain the certifications necessary to start marketing it in Europe and the United States. Rob Surgical Systems already has the support of the medical direction of the Mayo Clinic in Phoenix, Arizona, and aims to look for other alliances to expand the market.


This news was covered in the e-newsletters of the Xarxa de Parcs Científics i Tecnològics de Catalunya (XPCAT) and the Asociación de Parques Científicos y Tecnológicos de España (APTE).