Capita Selecta #6 – Surgical Robotics trends and novel applications: SYMANI a Robot for Microsurgery

As part of the sixth Capita Selecta activity, on Friday November 26th 2021 from 5PM to 6PM, Dr. Massimiliano Simi gave a seminar to the ATLAS community titled ‘Surgical Robotics trends and novel applications: SYMANI a Robot for Microsurgery’. In his inspiring talk, Dr. Simi gave an overview about the robotic platforms commercially available for surgical procedures and presented the successful story of Medical Microinstruments (MMI) S.p.A,  a company producing robots for microsurgery.

Bio: Dr. Simi is one of the founders of Medical Microinstruments (MMI) S.p.A. He has more than 10 years of experience in the robotic surgery sector. Massimiliano invented the NanoWrist articulated microinstruments and is listed as an inventor on all MMI patents to date. As the Vice President of R&D, he recruits, develops and manages a growing team of highly skilled engineers involved in New Products Introduction. Before starting the company, Massimiliano was a Senior Mechanical Engineer at MEDRA where he provided technical solutions in the field of robotics and mechatronics to medical device companies based in the Bay Area. Dr. Simi has a Ph.D in Innovative Technologies and Medical Robotics from the prestigious University Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna in Pisa, Italy. His specialization was focused on microfabrication processes applied to endoscopic robotic capsules and magnetic driven laparoscopic cameras which he designed and tested at the STORM Lab of Vanderbilt University. In addition, Dr. Simi has a Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Pisa and completed an Executive MBA in 2016.

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Capita Selecta is a virtual talk series organized by the ATLAS consortium with aim to promote cross-talk between ESRs and industrial and clinical partners. In each event, a delegate from an industry (e.g. partner) or a clinical representative is invited to give a talk on a selected topic relevant for the ATLAS project.