For patients and healthcare providers alike, the benefits of minimal access surgery are as numerous as they are compelling. The promise of reduced trauma, faster recovery and improved clinical outcomes has been the driving force behind the development of surgical robotics for decades.
How Versius was born
While our belief in these same benefits is unshakeable, the inspiration behind CMR Surgical came not from the promise but the reality. What we saw in the real world was that, while robotically assisted surgery could deliver dramatic benefits in countless procedures, for millions around the world this kind of minimal access surgery is simply not accessible. To realise a genuine robotic revolution in surgery, a very different kind of robotic system would be required. Compact, manoeuvrable and versatile, it had to be cost-effective for hospitals to run and easy for surgeons and surgical teams to work with. This realisation is what led us to form CMR Surgical in January 2014 and guided the creation of the Versius surgical robotic system. Our founders – Martin Frost, Luke Hares, Keith Marshall, Paul Roberts and Mark Slack – brought with them global experience across the diverse disciplines of surgery, medical device development, start-ups and commercialisation. In Cambridge, Europe’s largest technology cluster, we found a ready pool of talent capable of tackling the clinical, commercial and technical challenges before us. Today, we remain true to the original vision of our founders: to deliver a world-class product that meets the needs of patients, surgeons and healthcare providers, and to build a different kind of medical devices company based on the core values of; ambitious, humility, fair and responsible, and people focused.
The idea behind Versius was to use robotics to give surgeons a superior tool for providing minimal access surgery, so that many more patients will be able to benefit from it."