CPCS LogoKris Mamula, writer for the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette, reports that a Massachusetts company is partnering with the University of Pittsburgh and UPMC to advance development of tools used in robotic surgery, reflecting the city’s growing stature in the medical specialty.

Waltham-based Vicarious Surgical Inc., has signed an agreement with Pittsburgh Collaborative Research Education and Technology Advancement in Surgery (CREATES) — a Pitt-UPMC initiative — to enhance devices used in robotic surgery. The pre-revenue company plans to showcase new products at an investors’ conference in December, according to co-founder and CEO Adam Sachs.

Access to another Pitt-UPMC program, the Center for Preclinical Studies at the McGowan Institute for Regenerative Medicine — which is led by Shawn Bengtson, RQAP-GLP — and the expertise of clinical and robotic experts are among the benefits of the partnership in Pittsburgh, the company said. Vicarious, which went public in 2021, reported a net loss of $45.1 million for the third quarter.

Pittsburgh CREATES, started in 2017, is a medical technology innovation center in Oakland that focuses on research, education and developing tech enhancements to surgery. Physician and engineer Umamaheswar Duvvuri, MD, PhD, is the founding director.

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Pittsburgh Post-Gazette