Smith+Nephew to open digital surgery and robotics innovation centre in Europe

Smith+Nephew, the global medical technology business, is to open a purpose built digital surgery and robotics innovation centre, based in Munich, Germany.

The new innovation centre will bring healthcare professionals from Europe, Middle East and Africa together with Smith+Nephew’s R&D and medical education teams to explore digital surgery and robotics techniques and technologies.

At the heart of this will be Real Intelligence, Smith+Nephew’s digital ecosystem, including the new state-of-the-art robotics-assisted surgical system CORI.

The centre will feature a dedicated medical education facility, where the company said that surgeons can refine techniques and experience the latest technology through hands-on learning and immersive simulation technology.

The centre will also home Smith+Nephew’s digital surgery and robotics R+D team, enabling them to collaborate with surgeons, scientists and engineers, driving innovation that meets unmet clinical needs.

Many of this team joined Smith+Nephew from Brainlab under the terms of a collaboration agreement announced in 2019.

Smith+Nephew EMEA president, Peter Coenen said: “We are excited to be announcing this state-of-the-art facility focused on the development and delivery of digital surgery technologies and techniques. We look forward to sharing our plans as we progress our technology vision, and to welcoming customers to experience a new approach to medical education when we open next year.”

The new facility, which is expected to open late 2022, will be situated at the Rhythm complex at Kustermann Park, in central Munich. It joins Smith+Nephew’s recently opened robotics R&D and medical education facility in Pittsburgh, US in offering a collaborative approach to customer experience and product development.

Founded in Hull, UK, in 1856, Smith+Nephew now operates in more than 100 countries, and generated annual sales of $4.6 billion in 2020.

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