The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation. Activity driven by increased need for homecare, preventative treatments, early diagnosis, reducing patient recovery times and improving outcomes, as well as a growing importance of technologies such as machine learning, augmented reality, 5G and digitalisation. In the last three years alone, there have been over 450,000 patents filed and granted in the medical devices industry, according to GlobalData’s report on Robotics in Medical Devices: Robotic dental surgery tools. Buy the report here.

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According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which uses over 550,000 patents to analyse innovation intensity for the medical devices industry, there are 150+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.

Robotic dental surgery tools is a key innovation area in robotics

Robotic dental surgery tools provide a higher quality of care as they offer increased accuracy and precision, safety, streamlined work processes, and better workflows when compared with conventional techniques. As the dental markets mature and treatment requirements change, these robotic tools are expected to become commonplace in the treatment of small and large dental interventions.

GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across different applications and geographies.  According to GlobalData, there are 10+ companies, spanning technology vendors, established medical devices companies, and up-and-coming start-ups engaged in the development and application of robotic dental surgery tools.

Key players in robotic dental surgery tools – a disruptive innovation in the medical devices industry

‘Application diversity’ measures the number of different applications identified for each relevant patent. It broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.

‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in. It reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.

Patent volumes related to robotic dental surgery tools

Company Total patents (2010 - 2022) Premium intelligence on the world's largest companies
Neocis 59 Unlock Company Profile
Zimmer Biomet Holdings 59 Unlock Company Profile
Navigate Surgical Technologies 58 Unlock Company Profile
X-Nav Technologies 30 Unlock Company Profile
3Shape 20 Unlock Company Profile
Osstem Implant 19 Unlock Company Profile
DIO 19 Unlock Company Profile
Dentsply Sirona 14 Unlock Company Profile
Triagenics 13 Unlock Company Profile
Envista Holdings 13 Unlock Company Profile
miniNaviDent 11 Unlock Company Profile
Align Technology 10 Unlock Company Profile
TROPHY 9 Unlock Company Profile
ClaroNav 9 Unlock Company Profile
Brain Navi Biotechnology 6 Unlock Company Profile
Dental Monitoring 5 Unlock Company Profile
HiCAT 5 Unlock Company Profile

Source: GlobalData Patent Analytics

Neocis and Zimmer Biomet are leading patent filers in the field of robotics dental surgery. Some other key patent filers in the field include Navigate Surgical Technologies and X-Nav Technologies.

In terms of application diversity, Brain Navi Biotechnology leads the pack, followed by Dental Monitoring and TROPHY. By means of geographic reach, Brain Navi Biotechnology holds the top position, followed by Dentsply Sirona and Neocis in the second and third spots, respectively.

Though robotics in dentistry offers many advantages, the future depends on the acceptance of both dentists and patients to use this technology in everyday practice. Also, further advances are needed to make treatment more accurate, accessible, and precise.

To further understand how robotics is disrupting the medical devices industry, access GlobalData’s latest thematic research report on Robotics in Medical (2021).

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GlobalData’s Patent Analytics tracks patent filings and grants from official offices around the world. Textual analysis and official patent classifications are used to group patents into key thematic areas and link them to specific companies across the world’s largest industries.