CE mark granted to KB Medical for AQrate robotic assistance system


KB Medical has received CE marking certificate for its AQrate robotic assistance system, indicated for precise positioning of surgical instruments and spinal implants during general spinal surgery.

According to a company release, KB Medical has developed a hardware and software robotic platform designed to enable unique intraoperative haptic steering capability. The technology platform is intended for use in brain surgery, full spinal surgery, and orthopaedic applications.

Marc Morard, head of the Unit of Neurosurgery, Hôpital du Valais, Sion, Switzerland, says, “I had the opportunity to use the AQrate system during a clinical trial for spinal surgery on over twenty patients. The product’s ability to maintain uncompromised trajectories has proven very effective, in particular in mini-invasive approaches. This is clearly a technology whose potential will shape the future of spinal surgery”.

John M Duff, a neurosurgeon at the University Hospital in Lausanne (CHUV), Switzerland, adds, “I have been expecting such a system for a long time, and am very happy to see the AQrate System now being CE marked. I am looking forward to the opportunity of using this system in my surgical practice, in particular for cervical surgery”.

Chetan Patel, medical director of the Spine Health Institute in Altamonte Springs, Florida has also been using the AQrate system during clinical trial in Switzerland. “The system delivered on all of our expectations—it performed flawlessly,” he says. “It was the defining moment of my career thus far. To have the opportunity to take something like this from the raw prototype to the point at which we are actually using it in a patient and proving its capabilities – it just does not happen that way very often.”