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Contact Michael Friedrich
Title CEO


Summary: Distalmotion is a medical device company founded and based in Lausanne, Switzerland. Our mission is to establish a new standard of care, where all patients in general surgery, gynecology and urology have access to best-in-class minimally invasive care. To do so, we have developed a surgical robot called Dexter®. Designed, developed and manufactured in Switzerland, Dexter integrates the benefits of laparoscopy and robotics. Dexter’s novel, on-demand approach to robotic surgery offers laparoscopic surgeons direct access to patient and robot at all times. Dexter is the world’s first and only on-demand robotic surgery system.

Dexter® is a three-armed robotic system that features a surgeon console, two patient carts and an endoscope arm.

The Dexter System™ is an open platform, compatible with any 3D imaging system as well as all energy systems, insufflators and translucent trocars 10 mm or larger. Surgeons can also use advanced laparoscopic instruments like staplers and clip appliers of their choice in combination with Dexter. The robotic instruments are single-use and supplied sterile, ensuring reliability for the surgeon and safety for the patient.

The mobile and flexible system is designed to give surgeons comprehensive access to the abdomen and pelvis for a broad range of procedures in general surgery, gynecology and urology.

Dexter surgeons also have the option to remain sterile while operating at the robotic console. Dexter also facilitates the use of trocar setups that allow laparoscopic access and the three robotic arms give surgeons the required space to operate alongside the robot at bedside comfortably and safely. Furthermore, the robotic instruments are quick and easy to remove.

This means Dexter surgeons can switch between robotics and laparoscopy in less than 20 seconds at any relevant moment of the procedure. The three robotic arms leave sufficient space to operate laparoscopically alongside the robot at the patient bed. Surgeons can also opt not to remain sterile, forego direct patient access, and perform a procedure start-to-finish from Dexter’s robotic console.

Dexter is designed to give surgeons more choice and more control in the OR by providing best-in-class robotics with advanced dexterity that can be leveraged on-demand, whenever and however the surgeon chooses, in conjunction with known laparoscopic techniques and without disrupting established OR setups.