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Funding for surgical robot Dexter

by Pieter Werner

Distalmotion, Revival Healthcare Capital and 415 CAPITAL announce the closing of a USD 90 million Series E financing round for further development of surgical robot Dexter. The investment follows Dexter’s successful initial clinical use last year, and supports Distalmotion’s international commercial scaling.

This latest financing will support the global commercialization of Dexter, the surgical robot for laparoscopic surgeons. Last year surgeons at the Inselspital and Lindenhofspital in Bern, as well as the CHUV in Lausanne, have pioneered innovation in minimally invasive care with their input in the development of Dexter. The Inselspital made history with the first clinical use of Dexter in gynecology.


Distalmotion announced the successful completion of a series of hysterectomy cases (removal of the uterus) with Distalmotion’s novel surgical robot, Dexter. This marks Dexter’s first clinical use and the culmination of a multi-year journey in the development of Dexter.

The world’s first Dexter surgeries in gynecology were successfully completed without complications by Prof. Michael Müller, Dr. Sara Imboden and their team in the gynecologic oncology department of the Inselspital. This first series of Dexter surgeries is part of a pan-European Early Adopter Program that aims to lead the way in making best-in-class minimally invasive care more accessible to a wider array of hospitals and patients by leveraging Dexter’s novel, hybrid approach to robotic surgery.

Designed, developed and manufactured in Switzerland, Dexter is the result of several years of iterative design and development work conducted in close collaboration with world-leading surgeons. In the lead-up to this milestone, Prof. George Thalmann and his team in the Inselspital’s urology department played an elemental role in the development of Dexter, as did Dr. Dominik Böhlen, who heads the center for prostate cancer (DKG certified) at the Lindenhofspital in Bern, and Prof. Dieter Hahnloser and his team in the department for visceral surgery at the University Hospital Lausanne (CHUV).

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