Keyhole surgery offers lower risks of infection, shorter recovery times, less pain and smaller scars, but only accounts for one in three procedures today, in part due to the complexity of undertaking such a procedure. This Cambridge company’s solution has been to create a robotic system with mechanical joints that mimic the movements of the human arm. It says that its robots, which are controlled by a system similar to a games console and protected by over 150 patents, allow surgeons to rapidly learn the necessary skills, and will be more portable and cost less than existing alternatives. It has raised a total of $46m – including $26m in September – from backers including ABB Technology Ventures and Cambridge Innovation Capital. Founder and chief executive Martin Frost, 54, plans to launch its first robot, which will be assembled in Cambridge, next year.
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