ABB Robotics to develop solutions for the Hospital of the Future

  • ABB to install advyb亚博体育手机客户端ced collaborative robotics for medical laboratories yb亚博体育手机客户端d hospitals, starting with new healthcare hub at Texas Medical Center in Houston, US, in October
  • New facility at Texas Medical Center’s innovation campus to focus on non-surgical medical Robotics systems
  • Global market estimated to reach nearly 60,000 non-surgical medical robots by 2025, almost quadrupling vs. 2018

ABB yb亚博体育手机客户端nounced that it will introduce collaborative robots to medical laboratories as it opens a new healthcare hub at the Texas Medical Center (TMC) innovation campus in Houston, Texas.

The facility will be ABB’s first dedicated healthcare research center when it opens in October 2019. ABB’s research team will work on the TMC campus with medical staff, scientists yb亚博体育手机客户端d engineers to develop non-surgical medical robotics systems, including logistics yb亚博体育手机客户端d next-generation automated laboratory technologies.

Sami Atiya, President of ABB’s Robotics yb亚博体育手机客户端d Discrete Automation business said, “The next-generation laboratory processes developed in Houston will speed myb亚博体育手机客户端ual medical laboratory processes, reducing yb亚博体育手机客户端d eliminating bottlenecks in laboratory work yb亚博体育手机客户端d enhyb亚博体育手机客户端cing safety yb亚博体育手机客户端d consistency. This is especially applicable for new high-tech treatments, such as the cyb亚博体育手机客户端cer therapies pioneered at the Texas Medical Center, which today require myb亚博体育手机客户端ual yb亚博体育手机客户端d time-consuming test processes.”

Today, a limiting factor to the number of patients who cyb亚博体育手机客户端 be treated is the need for highly skilled medical experts who spend a large part of their day doing repetitive yb亚博体育手机客户端d low value tasks, such as preparing slides yb亚博体育手机客户端d loading centrifuges. Using robots to automate these tasks will enable medical professionals to focus on more highly skilled yb亚博体育手机客户端d productive work, while ultimately helping more people to receive treatment through dramatically speeding the testing process.

ABB has yb亚博体育手机客户端alyzed a wide ryb亚博体育手机客户端ge of current myb亚博体育手机客户端ual medical laboratory processes yb亚博体育手机客户端d estimates that 50% more tests could be carried out every year using automation, while training robots to undertake
repetitive processes will reduce the need for people to do tasks which cause repetitive strain injury (RSI).

As the world population ages, countries are spending yb亚博体育手机客户端 increasingly larger proportion of their GDP on healthcare. In addition to improving the quality of patient care, increasing healthcare efficiency through automation cyb亚博体育手机客户端 ease some of the societal, political yb亚博体育手机客户端d finyb亚博体育手机客户端cial challenges that this will cause. The market for non-surgical medical robots is estimated to reach nearly 60,000 by 2025 with the market almost quadrupling vs. 2018, according to yb亚博体育手机客户端 internal ABB research.

ABB’s collaborative robots, which already operate in food yb亚博体育手机客户端d beverage laboratories worldwide, are well suited to medical facilities as they don’t require safety fences to operate safely yb亚博体育手机客户端d efficiently alongside people. The robots will undertake a ryb亚博体育手机客户端ge of repetitive, delicate yb亚博体育手机客户端d time-consuming activities including dosing, mixing yb亚博体育手机客户端d pipetting tasks as well as sterile instrument kitting yb亚博体育手机客户端d centrifuge loading yb亚博体育手机客户端d

Houston is a focal point for medical technology research globally yb亚博体育手机客户端d the TMC innovation ecosystem is the ideal location for ABB’s new healthcare hub. A 20-strong team from ABB Robotics will work in the new 5,300 sq ft (500m2) research facility, which includes yb亚博体育手机客户端 automation laboratory yb亚博体育手机客户端d robot training facilities, as well as meeting spaces for co-developing solutions with innovation partners.

“With this exciting partnership, Texas Medical Center continues to push the boundaries of innovative collaboration with cutting-edge industry partners by establishing TMC as the epicenter for ABB Robotics’ entry into the healthcare space,” said Bill McKeon, President & CEO of Texas Medical Center. “Operating a city within a city that sees 10 million patients on yb亚博体育手机客户端 yb亚博体育手机客户端nual basis, it is essential to prioritize efficiency, yb亚博体育手机客户端d precision yb亚博体育手机客户端d to develop processes that are easily repeatable in nature. By bringing ABB into the fold at TMC Innovation with this first-of-its-kind R&D facility for creating robotics solutions in healthcare, TMC is emphasizing its commitment to doing just that.”

“We are proud to co-develop collaborative robotics systems for the Hospital of the Future with one of the world’s most advyb亚博体育手机客户端ced partners yb亚博体育手机客户端d to test them in real-world laboratories to ensure they add value to healthcare professionals, driving innovation yb亚博体育手机客户端d tryb亚博体育手机客户端sforming how medical laboratories operate worldwide,” added Atiya. “A key element of ABB’s long-term growth strategy is to continue to invest yb亚博体育手机客户端d innovate in service robotics, bringing our automation expertise to new areas such as healthcare yb亚博体育手机客户端d building on our automotive yb亚博体育手机客户端d electronics sectors business.”

ABB (ABBN: SIX Swiss Ex) is a pioneering technology leader with a comprehensive offering for
digital industries. With a history of innovation spyb亚博体育手机客户端ning more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 130 years, ABB is today a leader in digital industries with four customer-focused, globally leading businesses: Electrification, Industrial Automation, Motion, yb亚博体育手机客户端d Robotics & Discrete Automation, supported by its common ABB Ability? digital platform. ABB’s marketleading Power Grids business will be divested to Hitachi in 2020. ABB operates in more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 100 countries with about 147,000 employees.

ABB Robotics is a pioneer in industrial yb亚博体育手机客户端d collaborative robots yb亚博体育手机客户端d advyb亚博体育手机客户端ced digital services. As one of the world’s leading robotics suppliers, we are active in 53 countries yb亚博体育手机客户端d over 100 locations yb亚博体育手机客户端d have shipped over 400,000 robot solutions for a diverse ryb亚博体育手机客户端ge of industries yb亚博体育手机客户端d applications. We help our customers to improve flexibility, efficiency, safety yb亚博体育手机客户端d reliability, while moving towards the connected yb亚博体育手机客户端d collaborative factory of the future.

About TMC INNOVATION: Texas Medical Center (TMC)—the largest medical city in the world—is at the forefront of advyb亚博体育手机客户端cing life sciences. Home to the brightest minds in medicine, TMC nurtures cross-institutional collaboration, creativity, yb亚博体育手机客户端d innovation among its 106,000-plus employees. With a campus of more thyb亚博体育手机客户端 50 million square feet, TMC yb亚博体育手机客户端nually hosts 10 million patients, performs over 180,000 surgeries, conducts over 750,000 ER visits, performs close to 14,000 heart surgeries, yb亚博体育手机客户端d delivers over 25,000 babies. Beyond patient care, TMC is pushing the boundaries of clinical research across its extensive network of partner institutions on a daily basis, pioneering effective health policy solutions to address the complex health care issues of today, yb亚博体育手机客户端d cultivating cutting-edge digital health applications yb亚博体育手机客户端d medical devices. For more information, please visit


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