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17 February, 2021 - 12:32 By Tony Quested

CMR cracks German market and says there’s more to come

Cambridge unicorn business CMR Surgical has broken into the lucrative German market with its Versius robotics arm for keyhole surgery. And the company says more significant global roll-outs are imminent.

Klinikum Chemnitz – a leading public hospital in Saxony – is the first German hospital to install Versius, which has now been used in over 1000 clinical cases across Europe, Australia and India. 

Versius will be used by Klinikum Chemnitz in a broad range of procedures. The hospital will also undertake an early stage clinical programme in partnership with international experts to explore the use of Versius in thoracics – a speciality of medicine which deals with investigation and treatment of diseases of the lungs.

Introduction into Germany marks an important milestone for CMR, as one of the largest surgical robotics markets in Europe. The country is renowned for early adoption and development of cutting-edge medtech innovations and last year the Government confirmed €3 billion funding for hospitals to boost their digitalisation – including introducing more surgical robotics. 

Per Vegard Nerseth, chief executive officer of CMR said: “This launch into Germany showcases Versius’ value to one of the most highly held health care systems in the world.

“We are excited to install our first system today at one of Germany’s most forward-thinking hospitals. Germany is a market leader in Europe and paves the way for us to further accelerate our roll out of Versius across a number of new markets in Europe in the coming months.”

The introduction of Versius into Germany comes at a significant time for CMR. Following recent announcements of market entry into France and Australia, the company is continuing to rapidly expand its global footprint with subsequent market launches to follow.

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