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25 May, 2022 - 21:18 By Tony Quested

CMR Surgical opens Brazil office with Chile next in Latin America push

Surgery with a samba backbeat marks the latest exciting exploit for CMR Surgical in Cambridge. The pioneering MedTech company is planning major expansion in Latin America after landing the first contract in the territory for its Versius® Surgical Robotic System. 

Brazil is now live and Chile is next in line for the technology. Hospital e Maternidade São Luiz Itaim, Rede D’Or in São Paolo is the first hospital in Brazil to adopt Versius, which it is using as part of a multi-specialty robotic surgery programme. To support growth in Brazil and the LatAm region, CMR has opened its first office in São Paulo.

At Hospital e Maternidade São Luiz Itaim, Rede D’Or, Versius has been used to perform a of cases across gynaecology, urology and general surgery, including prostatectomy, gastric bypass, hernia repair, hysterectomy and cholecystectomy. 

Robotic-assisted surgical platforms such as Versius provide surgeons with precision and dexterity to enable surgeons to more easily perform complex surgical procedures through keyhole surgery. 

The LatAm region has a strong demand for hi-tech, digitally advanced devices and are making rapid advances to adopt surgical robotics into clinical practice.

Bertrand Weil, chief business development officer of CMR Surgical said: “At CMR we are fully committed to bringing the benefits of minimal access surgery to all those who need it.

“Brazil is a highly advanced country with significant growth opportunities for surgical robotics, which makes it an ideal landscape in which to introduce Versius. 

“Since receiving Anvisa regulatory approval late last year, we have focused on a rapid market entry to meet the strong demand for Versius – a unique and versatile new choice for surgeons and hospitals that benefits patients. 

“We will continue driving CMR’s growth in Brazil and look forward to expanding our reach across Latin America by building partnerships with healthcare stakeholders looking to advance the surgical care of their patients.”

Dr Carlos Eduardo Domene, head of robotics at Rede D’Or added: “It has been wonderful to work alongside the CMR team as they bring their highly innovative technology to Brazil. 

“In a short space of time, their support has enabled us to complete a wide variety of surgical procedures with Versius, which has been of great benefit to my team. 

“The versatility the system has allowed me to perform complex bariatric surgery with precision and ease. The small size and modularity of Versius enables us to easily move the system between operating theatres so that we can achieve high utilisation of the system day in and day out, bringing the benefits of robotic surgery to more of our patients.” 

Brazil is a strategically important market for CMR, which has made significant investment into establishing a presence to expand business operations across the LatAm region. 

CMR expects to rapidly grow their operational capabilities and skilled employee base across Brazil and the wider LatAm region.

Mario Ferradosa, head of commercial, Latin America at CMR Surgical said: “Brazil has a diverse healthcare system with a desire to innovate and a distinct appreciation for advanced technologies.

“It is fantastic that Versius is being introduced to leading surgeons who are looking for a compact robotic system to enable them to perform more keyhole surgery and achieve their targets. 

“We have built expert teams to rapidly respond to the interest of healthcare providers and importantly provide our customers with best-in-class services as they introduce Versius into their operating rooms.”

CMR’s expansion into LatAm follows regulatory approval for Versius by the Brazilian Health Regulatory Agency, Anvisa. 

Further installations of Versius are underway across Brazil and also in Chile, where first cases are expected to commence imminently. With Versius launched in Brazil and Chile, CMR plans to continue momentum with rapid market launches across LatAm to quickly support demand for surgical robotics. 

CMR’s presence in Latin America adds to its increasing global presence in markets across Europe, Middle East, Asia and Australia where Versius is being used to perform surgical procedures across a range of surgical specialities including gynaecology, colorectal surgery, thoracic surgery general surgery and urology.

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