AQrate robotic system for spine surgery
KB Medical was founded as a spin-off company from the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology, Lausanne (EPFL). The initial phase of development was conducted in Virtual Reality and Active Interfaces (VRAI) research group lead by Dr. Charles Baur within the Laboratory of Robotic Systems (LSRO) lead by prof. Reymond Clavel. The robotic prototype for research was called Neuroglide.
The AQrate robotic system being developed by KB Medical consists of mobile robotic system, linked with an optical tracking system, which guides the surgeon through the various stages of the surgery.
The system’s reliability and ease of use does not disrupt the work flow, nor the standard procedure steps and integrates seamlessly into existing operating rooms. The robotic concept was validated with leading surgeons worldwide, who confirmed the top advantages of the system:
- Possible elimination of the fluoroscopy and reduction of radiation received intra-operatively by surgeons and their team, and patient
- Consistency and predictability in screws placement with a high precision
For patients it will mean improvement in the quality of life by potential prevention of complications, possible faster recovery time and reduction or elimination of returning pain."
The company started with €4 million VC funding, they received the Venture 2012 prize, and CTI certification.