About Us

Corporate history

  • “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 president of Sysmex Corporation.
  • 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.


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.
  • The head office was moved to International Medical Device Alliance (IMDA) in Kobe Biomedical Innovation Cluster.

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


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


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.

  • Training center ”MIL™ - Nagoya” opened.
  • 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.