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Festo, MassRobotics Name 4 Robotics Companies for Startup Catalyst Program

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October 21, 2021

MassRobotics and Festo have announced the first four robotics companies participating in the Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program. The program designed for the global robotics community aims 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.

“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, a co-founder of MassRobotics 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.”

The first four companies include:

  1. Assistive Technology, a U.S. startup that provides 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.
  2. Bionomous, a Swiss-based startup that provides laboratory equipment to automate the screening, sorting, and pipetting of miniature biological entities for more ethical and faster research in life science.
  3. Eureka Robotics, a Singapore-based firm that develops and commercializes cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence technologies to automate high-accuracy, high-agility tasks.
  4. Kinarm, a Canadian company that uses robotic arms to provide an objective assessment method to identify, measure, and track cognitive, motor, or sensory impairments resulting from injury or disease.

As part of the program, the 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.

“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 Yakoop, head of technology & innovation at Festo.

The inaugural program runs now through March 2022. For more details on the program, visit the Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program website here.


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