WhY Is our Research Needed in 2017?
As populations age, the global demand for corrective surgery far exceeds the number of surgeons able to perform such operations. Our goal is to build robots to help medical surgeons perform operations tomorrow that are not possible today.
What if you could build useful medical robots to assist surgeons perform those extremely delicate operations?
The Eindhoven area leads the world in precision mechanics and mechatronics. For the last decade we've been researching and prototyping ideas. Now we're entering a phase of bringing these ideas to market.
FROM LIGHT BULBS TO MICROSURGERY
Much of this knowledge originated in the processes that Philips developed in the 1950's. They needed to mass-produce incandescent light bulbs with a delicate tungsten filament.
As technology progressed, similar engineering skills found their way into lasers for CD, DVD and BR players, as well as the machines to design and make the silicon chips inside them. Now we're applying a wealth of knowledge in precision engineering to medical-surgical robotics.
That's great news for patients who will benefit from operations which are only now becoming possible.
FROM RESEARCH TO BUSINESS
Building high-tech business is changing. In the past, there was a decent flow of money from the Dutch government both towards industry as well as universities on the condition that you worked together. But now the laws have changed with the introduction of what The Netherlands call Top-Sectors. The money flow to industry has been replaced by economic tax incentives and rebates. So funds get diverted and diluted, no longer reaching the project manager at an enterprise who can use it to build relationships with knowledge institutes like ours.
Eindhoven University of Technology was the first in exploring a different model. If industry pays to finance a project at a university, the university can match that via the Dutch government or by using own funds. So for each sector where we find applications, we form a consortium through partnerships with industry and investors. For high tech machines, robotics and equipment we have organized this in the TU/e High Tech Systems Center.
Other pages on this website, currently under development, give details of the direction in which we are proceeding with Medical Robotics. We encourage investors to approach us for further information on a portfolio of breakthrough projects which are not yet ready for public disclosure. Contact details are in the footer below.
Maarten Steinbuch, CEO,
Medical Robotic Technologies,
Distinguished University Professor,
Eindhoven University of Technology.