While Intuitive Surgical still gets much of the spotlight in the robotic surgery field, new medtech robotic firms are looking to break the mold. Reactive Robotics, founded and operating out of Munich, Germany, is developing robotic systems designed around enabling very early mobilization for critically ill patients in the intensive care unit — a type of movement therapy that has been shown to improve patient functional outcomes.
The systems would replace manual VEM, in which clinicians must manipulate and help move a patient’s body upright. Reactive Robotics platform is an intelligent, adaptive robotic system that supplies rehabilitation therapy for such patients, moving them to a vertical position and automatically mobilizing them. Normally, such a task takes three to four nurses and a separate bed, but Reactive Robotics is hopeful its system could operate with the help of only a single individual.
The company held a seven-figure funding round last year, and produced its first clinical test product during the first quarter of this year.
–Fink Densford, Associate Editor