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Festo and MassRobotics select companies for the inaugural Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program

October 26, 2021 | By Maryam Farag

Photo: Festo.

Photo: Festo.

The first four companies in the inaugural Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst program have been selected by Festo and MassRobotics.

The Healthcare Robotics Startup Catalyst is a new program for the global robotics start-up community to advance healthcare developments by providing companies with investor and customer introductions access to subject-matter experts, and a range of technical and marketing support resources.

“To fill these spaces, we encouraged healthcare robotics startups in the following areas to apply to the catalyst program – clinical care, public safety, laboratory and supply chain automation, out-of-hospital care, quality of life, continuity of work and education, and healthcare professional training and support,” said Fady Saad, Co-founder and Vice-President of Strategic Partnerships, MassRobotics. “The response and quality of the companies were overwhelming. We believe this inaugural group represents an excellent cross-section of the many initiatives in healthcare robotics.”

The robotics companies selected include Assistive Technology, an American start-up dedicated to at-home physical therapy solutions that are operable at a low cost and accessible to rural patients and those who need closer monitoring for recovery.


Swiss firm Bionomous provides laboratory equipment to automate the screening, sorting, and pipetting of miniature biological entities for more ethical and faster research in life science.

Eureka Robotics, Singapore-based, develops and commercializes cutting-edge robotics and artificial intelligence (AI) technologies to automate high-accuracy, high-agility tasks.

Finally, Canada’s Kinarm uses robotic arms to provide an objective assessment method to identify, measure, and track cognitive, motor, or sensory impairments resulting from injury or disease. These four start-ups will have access to the innovation centres and engineering teams of Festo.

“Our mission is to ultimately improve patient outcomes and the quality of healthcare with transformative innovations brought to market by startups through the catalyst program.” said Nuzha Yakoob, Head of Technology & Innovation North America, Festo Corporation.


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