The Vaud Surgical Robot Dexter Ready to Challenge Da Vinci

Distalmotion launches the marketing in Europe of the Dexter surgical robot. The product stands out from its American competitor Da Vinci by leaving a great deal of manual latitude to the surgeon.

By baptizing its surgical robot Da Vinci twenty years ago, the Californian company Intuitive Surgical struck hard, emphasizing the intelligence of its creature but also its visionary nature. The robotic colossus reigned supreme in its market, until many of the 1,000 patents protecting it expired three years ago.

With the name Dexter, Distalmotion has chosen to emphasize the skill, agility and precision of its product. Based on the Biopole d’Epalinges (VD), the start-up claimed on Friday the paternity of the first “hybrid” surgical robot which it is launching on the market. It intends to set itself apart from its competitors by leaving a great deal of manual freedom to surgeons.

“In fact, we want to combine the best of both worlds, a pragmatic and uniquely Swiss approach,” summarizes Michael Friedrich, director of the company. Thanks to its tiny articulated instruments, Dexter will take care of tasks that are difficult to perform manually. On the other hand, he will leave the hand to the surgeon for all the easy-to-operate gestures.