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CMR Surgical expands into the Middle East

Opens an office in Dubai


CMR Surgical, which manufactures the surgical robotic system Versius, has opened an office in Dubai to service the Middle East. It said it has successfully installed Versius into three hospitals in the UAE and continues to expand its minimal access surgery business.

In partnership with Gulf Drug, Versius has been acquired by hospitals in the UAE, where it is being used in a rapidly increasing number of surgeries in both public and private hospitals including at the Saudi German Hospital, Al Zahra Hospital, and American Hospital Dubai. The UAE, amongst other countries across the Middle East, has made considerable and rapid advances to adopt surgical robotics into clinical practice and is seeing significant benefits by enabling more patients to receive MAS.

The installation of Versius across the UAE follows the introduction of the system in Europe, India, and Australia. Versius has been used to perform a range of surgical specialties including gynecology, colorectal, general, and urology surgeries. These include complex cancer cases that would otherwise have had to be performed via open surgical techniques, significantly reducing recovery time for patients and getting them out of hospital sooner.

CMR becomes one of an ecosystem of innovative companies in Dubai. The UAE has a well-funded healthcare system looking to adopt new innovations providing an opportunity to bring surgical robotics to an underpenetrated region. CMR's purpose-built office building includes office space, conference and meeting rooms, and a high-tech robotics lounge to showcase Versius and facilitate training for visiting surgeons.