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Trends 03.12.2020

Smart solutions for medical research and patient care

Robots lend a helping hand in the life sciences sector


In response to rising medical demand and the public health emergency brought on by the COVID-19 epidemic, research efforts have ramped up, testing has increased, and factories are getting ready to manufacture the vaccines currently being developed. Stäubli is rising to the challenge to meet the specific needs of each of the sectors concerned.

From industry to hospitals, automation is driving change

Our Patient Care solutions help our customers work faster and with greater precision, whether in developing, producing, and packaging medications or operating on and caring for patients.

For example, in research labs and analysis labs, robots can handle samples more safely and faster.

Stäubli has received many rush orders for products used in the fight against COVID-19, especially in France, U.S.A. and China

Sébastien Lagarde, Global Business Developer Life Sciences, Stäubli


Stäubli robots are used in the manufacturing of medical devices and orthopedic implants to polish implant surfaces, including the injection molding of plastic medical components.

In the pharmaceutical and biotechnology industry, Stäubli robots help prepare drugs manufacturing and fill syringes vials as well as infusion bags. Fully encapsulated kinematics meet strict clean room hygiene standards. The Stericlean line of robots features an H₂O₂-compatible surface. The world’s first Stericlean SCARA came on the market in 2019.

Stäubli robots can also be found in:

  • Packaging and palletizing plants (for products like containers, syringes, and masks)
  • Hospitals (surgery, patient care, rehabilitation and chemo solution preparation).

Three major trends in medical robotics

  • Robots are being used in conjunction with artificial intelligence to accelerate results. Drugs are being brought to market in few months instead of few years.
  • Connectivity of wearable medical devices (used in processes like dialysis and diabetes control) enables real-time data collection and transmission to a robot that prepares appropriate doses.
  • Personalized treatments honed using these methods result in time savings for doctors, protocol traceability, and greater safety for patients.
Focus on patient care

Stäubli, a medical applications pioneer

For thirty years, Stäubli Robotics has worked to ensure that precision and cleanability are the norm in healthcare and life sciences settings.

For spinal surgery knee surgery, liver surgery and dental repair, Stäubli solutions have a dual positive impact:

For patients, robot-assisted surgery is less invasive which shortens recovery time.

For surgeons, robots enhance operative precision, improving outcomes without replacing them in their role.

The challenge facing robotics is to integrate robotic arms in the operating room and resolve sterilization concerns. In terms of usability, the robot shouldn’t hinder the medical team. It should give surgeons the feeling that they’re operating by hand.

Sébastien Lagarde, Global Business Developer Life Sciences, Stäubli

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