Smith+Nephew is taking the road less traveled with its ortho surgical robotics | Medical Design and Outsourcing

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British medtech giant Smith+Nephew chose a different path in the ortho surgical robotics space. One of its top robotics program leaders explains how it could make all the difference. Sara Schneider, director of robotics program management at Smith+Nephew
Faster, smaller and more accessible — those are the three descriptors that Sara Schneider uses to describe Smith+Nephew’s Cori robotic knee surgery system, which launched over the summer.
As the director of robotics program management at S+N, Schneider faced the challenge of making the design and engineering choices behind the company’s next-gen surgical robot.
The Cori robot is a big deal for Smith+Nephew because ortho surgical robotics is a hot area for medtech, even as the COVID-19 pandemic causes health systems to scale back elective procedures.
Stryker has enjoyed a great deal of success with its Mako robots, and Zimmer Biomet is seeking to compete with its Rosa systems. Smith+Nephew is making a bet with a system that isn’t the size of a mini-fridge with an arm, that doesn’t rely on pre-operative imaging, and that includes a handheld cutting tool that can fit a particular surgeon’s techniques.
“There’s more flexibility in …

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