The medical devices industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with 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.
However, not all innovations are equal and nor do they follow a constant upward trend. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve that reflects their typical lifecycle from early emergence to accelerating adoption, before finally stabilising and reaching maturity.
Identifying where a particular innovation is on this journey, especially those that are in the emerging and accelerating stages, is essential for understanding their current level of adoption and the likely future trajectory and impact they will have.
150+ innovations will shape the medical devices industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which plots the S-curve for the medical devices industry using innovation intensity models built on over 550,000 patents, there are 150+ innovation areas that will shape the future of the industry.
Within the emerging innovation stage, HUDs for surgical navigation, robotic biopsy endoscope, and camera-guided surgical robots are disruptive technologies that are in the early stages of application and should be tracked closely. Robotic exoskeleton, surgical robots, and robotic catheters are some of the accelerating innovation areas, where adoption has been steadily increasing. Among maturing innovation areas are robotic lower limb rehabilitation and microfluidic lab-on-a-chip, which are now well established in the industry.
Innovation S-curve for robotics in the medical devices 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 and broadly splits companies into either ‘niche’ or ‘diversified’ innovators.
‘Geographic reach’ refers to the number of different countries each relevant patent is registered in and reflects the breadth of geographic application intended, ranging from ‘global’ to ‘local’.
Patent volumes related to robotic dental surgery tools
|Company||Total patents (2010 - 2021)||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).