Festo and MassRobotics Select Companies for the Inaugural Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst Program

PB-50-Festo-HealthcareRobotics-400.jpg

October 27, 2021

The first four companies in the inaugural Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program have been selected by Festo and MassRobotics. The Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst is a new program for the global robotics startup community to advance healthcare developments by providing promising companies with investor and customer introductions, access to subject-matter experts, and a range of technical and marketing support resources.

The robotics companies selected include Assistive Technology, an American startup dedicated to at-home physical therapy solutions that are operable at a low cost and always accessible to rural patients and those who need closer monitoring for recovery. Swiss firm Bionomous provides laboratory equipment to automate the screening, sorting, and pipetting of miniature biological entities for more ethical and faster research in life science. Eureka Robotics, Singapore-based, develops and commercializes cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to automate high-accuracy, high-agility tasks. Finally, Canada’s Kinarm uses robotic arms to provide an objective assessment method to identify, measure, and track cognitive, motor, or sensory impairments resulting from injury or disease. These four startups will have access to the innovation centers and engineering teams of Festo, one of the world’s leading automation companies, and collaborating corporate partners.

With the onset of the pandemic, the lack of awareness between the healthcare and technology communities was evident in terms of how robotics could be applied to ease staffing concerns and reduce the potential spread of the virus. Many unmet and untapped white spaces were identified, which initiated the development of a MassRobotics Healthcare Robotics Working Group and the Catalyst Program. 

“To fill these spaces, we encouraged healthcare robotics startups in the following areas to apply to the catalyst program – clinical care, public safety, laboratory and supply chain automation, out-of-hospital care, quality of life, continuity of work and education, and healthcare professional training and support,” said Fady Saad, MassRobotics Co-founder and Vice President of Strategic Partnerships. “The response and quality of the companies were overwhelming. We believe this inaugural group represents an excellent cross-section of the many initiatives in healthcare robotics.”

“Our mission is to ultimately improve patient outcomes and the quality of healthcare with transformative innovations brought to market by startups through the catalyst program,” said Nuzha Yakoob, Head of Technology & Innovation North America, Festo Corporation.

The inaugural catalyst program runs from now through March 2022. For additional information visit the Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program webpage.

Related Articles


Latest Articles

  • Reaction Dynamics: Preparing to Deliver More Cost-Effective and Timely Small Satellite Launches

    February 29, 2024 Using Simcenter to speed production of hybrid rocket engines and reduce environmental impact Reaction Dynamics Reaction Dynamics was founded in 2017 to develop a breakthrough hybrid propulsion launch technology. This technology will allow the company to offer highly cost-effective, reliable and eco-friendly launches. Reaction Dynamics will be launching a suborbital rocket in… Read More…

  • The Power of OPC-UA in Industrial Automation

    February 27, 2024 In the world of industrial automation, the need for seamless communication between devices and systems in paramount. This is where OPC-UA (Open Platform Communications United Architecture) comes into play. OPC-UA is an open and secure communication protocol that enables interoperability between different devices and software applications. In this blog post, Omron explores… Read More…


Featured Article

SEW-Eurodrive Demonstrates StarterSET for Vertical FFS Machines at ATX 2023

Across Canada and around the world, innumerable products are packaged, transported, and processed in a variety of ways before finally being distributed. To meet these challenges, SEW-Eurodrive has developed their StarterSET, which consists of pre-selected hardware and software for specific machine types. The StarterSET offers perfectly matched and total automation packages. It can be used as is, as a basic package, or can include flexible adaptation options and countless customized add-ons.

Read More


Products

  • Police Tactical Vest: IoT and AI to Enhance Safety on Operations

    March 1, 2024 The new tactical IoT solution, which attaches to pre-installed body armor, ensures redundant safety and connectivity through a state-of-the-art AI-enhanced warning device that is independent of current radio systems The innovative connected tactical vest project uses artificial intelligence (AI) for its abnormal-situation detection system and can transmit this warning to a command… Read More…

  • Reaction Dynamics: Preparing to Deliver More Cost-Effective and Timely Small Satellite Launches

    February 29, 2024 Using Simcenter to speed production of hybrid rocket engines and reduce environmental impact Reaction Dynamics Reaction Dynamics was founded in 2017 to develop a breakthrough hybrid propulsion launch technology. This technology will allow the company to offer highly cost-effective, reliable and eco-friendly launches. Reaction Dynamics will be launching a suborbital rocket in… Read More…