With surgical robot applied in Greece, MicroPort seeks Europe foothold

MicroPort claims that the application of MedBot in Europe is conducive to the firm's strategy to go global.

MicroPort (微创医疗机器人, HK: 02252), a Shanghai-based surgical robot giant, recently has deployed its robot to take part in what it said is Europe’s first Total Knee Arthroplasty (TKA) in Greece.

MedBot, which was developed by a Suzhou subsidiary of the Shanghai medtech group, completed three surgical procedures within the same day on September 5 to replace the knees of patients at the University General Hospital of Larissa, a city in Greece.

According to an official statement released by MicroPort, the robot-assisted surgeries in Greece represented a key milestone in the company’s quest to explore the European market.

Its expansion into Europe followed the acquisition of a FDA certificate in August last year for its MedBot system, clearing the way for it to enter the US market, home to industrial pioneers like Intuitive Surgical’s da Vinci system.

MicroPort claims that the application of MedBot in Europe is conducive to the firm’s strategy to go global.

It looks to benefit more patients worldwide with cutting-edge Chinese technologies, in a bid to realize the intentions of “leaving the world with no difficult surgery to perform.”

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Ni Tao is the founder and editor-in-chief of cnrobopedia. Prior to cnrobopedia, he had a full decade of experience with a major state-run English-language newspaper as a tech reporter and opinion writer. He is also a communications specialist, having provided consultancy services to established firms like Siemens, Philips, ABinBev, Diageo, Trip.com Group (Nasdaq: TCOM, HK: 9961), Jianpu Technology (NYSE: JT) and a handful of domestic startups. A graduate of Fudan University, he writes widely about China's business and tech scenes and other topics for global publications including South China Morning Post, SupChina, The Diplomat, CGTN, Banking Technology, among others, and tries to impart his experience to students at Fudan University Journalism School, where he is a part-time lecturer. When he's not writing about robotics, you can expect him to be on his beloved Yanagisawa saxophones, trying to play some jazz riffs, often in vain and occasionally against the protests of an angry neighbor. Get in touch with him by dropping a line at nitao0927@gmail.com.

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