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KUKA wins medical robotics contract from Restoration Robotics, Inc.®

KUKA has received a contract from Restoration Robotics, Inc. (NASDAQ: HAIR), the global leader in robotic hair restoration, for the supply of lightweight robots. The robots will be used for the recently launched ARTAS iX™ System.

28 March 2019

ARTAS iX™ is the only intelligent solution to offer precise, minimally invasive, repeatable harvesting with simultaneous automated sitemaking and implantation functionality in one compact platform. The 7-axis KUKA lightweight robot performs the individual follicle extraction, mostly at the back of the head, and the implantation into the designated recipient sites on the scalp.  

These medical applications are based on the KUKA LBR Med light-weight robot, the first robotic component worldwide to be certified for integration into a medical product. The LBR Med thus enjoys a unique selling point in medical robotics. The certification is based on the internationally recognized “IECEE CB Scheme” – a procedure for certifying conformity with specific safety and quality standards 

“KUKA's robotic technology is very well suited to a wide variety of medical applications. Using our products, partners are able to improve time to market for new product development. Partners can focus efforts on their application, confident that the robotic portion of their system is well designed,” says Corey Ryan, Manager of Medical Robotics, KUKA North America.

“Robot systems find many different applications in medicine. We are very pleased that we were able to convince Restoration Robotics, Inc. with our solutions. This once again confirms our technological leadership in the medical engineering sector,” explains Peter Mohnen, CEO of KUKA AG. 

About KUKA Medical Robotics:
KUKA Medical Robotics offers a comprehensive portfolio for medical robotics and is shaping the future in this field with path-breaking technologies and hightech products. From X-ray imagery to radiation therapy through to patient positioning, the medical sector benefits from KUKA’s many years of competence in the field of industrial robotics and automation. The team at KUKA Medical Robotics possesses an immense wealth of experience and products. It upgrades the robot components to meet the high demands of the medical sector for robot-based assistance systems for surgical procedures in the operating room, in diagnostics or as supportive partners in rehabilitation measures.
About Restoration Robotics, Inc.®:
Restoration Robotics, Inc. is a medical device company developing and commercializing the ARTAS® and ARTAS iX™ Robotic Hair Restoration System. The ARTAS iX System is the first and only physician-assisted system to dissect and assist in the harvesting of follicular units directly from the scalp, create recipient implant sites using proprietary algorithms and implant the hair follicles into the designated sites. The company has unique expertise in machine vision, image guidance, visual serving and robotics, as well as developing intuitive interfaces to manage these technologies.
KUKA Group
KUKA is a global automation corporation with sales of around 3.2 billion euro and roughly 14,200 employees. As a leading global supplier of intelligent automation solutions, KUKA offers its customers everything from a single source: from robots and cells to fully automated systems and their networking in markets such as automotive, electronics, general industry, consumer goods, e-commerce/retail and healthcare  . The Group is headquartered in Augsburg, Germany. (Status as of Dec. 31, 2018)