Smith+Nephew (NYSE:SNN) announced today that it created a purpose-built digital surgery and robotics innovation center in Germany.
London-based Smith+Nephew’s new innovation center, based in Munich, aims to bring together healthcare professionals from Europe, the Middle East and Africa with the company’s R&D and medical education teams to gain further understanding in digital surgery and robotics techniques and technologies.
According to a news release, Smith+Nephew’s Real Intelligence digital ecosystem will be at the center of the research, as well as the company’s new CORI robot-assisted surgical system. The center will also feature a dedicated medical education facility for refining techniques and using the latest technologies with hands-on learning and immersive simulations.
Smith+Nephew’s digital surgery and robotics R&D team will also be housed at the center to allow for collaborations with surgeons, scientists and engineers. The company said many members of this team joined Smith+Nephew from Brainlab under a collaboration announced in 2019.
The facility is expected to open in late 2022 at the Rhythm complex at Kustermann Park in central Munich. Smith+Nephew recently opened a similar U.S.-based center in Pittsburgh.
“We are excited to be announcing this state-of-the-art facility focused on the development and delivery of digital surgery technologies and techniques,” Smith+Nephew EMEA President Peter Coenen said in the release. “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.”