SOFIA (Bulgaria), May 26 (SeeNews) – American manufacturer of robot-assisted surgery systems Intuitive Surgical plans to spend more than 80 million levs ($43.7 million/40.9 million euros) to build a state-of-the-art production facility in Bulgaria, as part of a drive to meet growing demand for technology and increase its European footprint, the innovation ministry said.
The site will be located in the town of Parvomay, in the Plovdiv region, and will allow Intuitive to increase its production capacity for 3D endoscopes used in Intuitive’s Da Vinci robotic surgery systems, the ministry said on Wednesday in a statement after the company presented the initial phase. of the project.
The investment will help create over 100 new jobs, with the potential to grow the workforce to over 300 over the next few years.
Founded in 1995 and based in Sunnyvale, Calif., Nasdaq-listed Intuitive has supplied more than 6,730 Da Vinci surgical systems worldwide to date, according to the company’s website. Besides Da Vinci, it also manufactures Ion, a robot-assisted platform for minimally invasive peripheral lung biopsy, as well as My Intuitive, a medical data collection mobile app that connects to the cloud-based Da Vinci system.
(1 euro = 1.95583 levs)