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Corporate history

2012
  • “Medical Robot Research Group”, the predecessor of Medicaroid, was formed by Yasuhiko Hashimoto, the current president/CEO of Kawasaki Heavy Industries Ltd, and Kaoru Asano, the current senior managing director CTO of Sysmex Corporation.
2013
  • Medicaroid was founded as a joint venture of Kawasaki Heavy Industries and Sysmex.
    Marketing activities were started to research the utilization possibility of robots in medical settings.

2015

In response to the increased needs of minimally-invasive surgery which lessens the patients’ physical burden, the development of a robotic-assisted surgery system was started. Subsequently, a prototype was developed annually based on evaluations conducted by surgeons.

  • Medicaroid, Inc. was established in the US as a base for overseas operations.
2016
  • The head office was moved to International Medical Device Alliance (IMDA) in Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster.

2017
  • ”SOT-100 Vercia™”, a robotic operating table with the industrial robot technology, was released as a trigger to enter the medical industry.

2019

Functional evaluations and improvements were continually added to enhance the precision for clinical use.

2020

Obtained Japanese regulatory approval for the “hinotori™ Surgical Robot System”.

The “hinotori™ Surgical Robot System” was used for the first time in clinical practice.

  • Medicaroid Europe GmbH was established in Germany.
  • Training center ”MIL™ - Kobe” opened.

2021
  • Training center ”MIL™ - Nagoya” opened.
2022
  • R&D Center was moved to Kobe Kokusai Koryu Kaikan.
    Medical robot design/development divisions of Medicaroid and KHI were consolidated to one location to enhance organizational structure.
  • Tokyo Service Center opened.
  • ”Training center ”MIL™ - Tokyo” opened.