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PERTH, WA, Febuary 2024
AIRO has been awarded "Breakthrough Device Designation" by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), a significant milestone that accelerates the development of its High-speed Intelligent Laser Osteotomy (HAiLO™) system. This advanced technology employs non-contact laser energy at high speeds, seamlessly integrated with surgical robotics and real-time intraoperative digital sensing. This integration enables orthopaedic surgeons the ability to use laser bone shaping technology to achieve unprecedented sub-millimetre accuracy for full and partial knee replacement procedures.

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PERTH, WA, January 2024
We are thrilled to share that Sam Withers, our Senior Mechatronic Engineer and UWA PhD candidate, has received the Best Paper Award at SPIE PhotonicsWest, San Francisco. His paper, presented at "Optical Interactions with Tissue and Cells, XXXV" by Norbert Linz and Joel Bixler, 2024 Conference Chair(s), is titled "Laser Ablation for Precision 3D Bone Shaping: Beyond Channel Cuts."

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Sam Withers with award at SPIE Conference

PERTH, WA, November 2023
"Bone Night," a collaborative event between AIRO and the Forrest Research Foundation (FRF), was recently held at Forrest Hall. This event highlighted notable advancements in the field of orthopaedic research and bone health, reflecting ongoing progress in medical technology.

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Perth, November 2023
AIRO is pleased to announce our successful triennial ISO 13485 recertification audit, a standard for medical device quality management systems, conducted by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

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Perth, November 2023
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) has initiated its Australian Research Council Linkage Project in Perth. Collaborating with Professors Stuart Jackson and Alexander Fuerbach from Macquarie University, experts in mid-infra-red laser technology, the project aims to develop next-generation high-powered fibre lasers.

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Professor Stuart Jackson and Professor Alexander Furebach

New York, September 2023
The International Society for Technology in Arthroplasty (ISTA) is set to host Professor Riaz Khan, co-founder and Chairman of AIRO, as a speaker in its upcoming annual congress. Professor Khan will share valuable insights on the advanced technique of laser bone shaping for joint arthroplasty.

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PERTH, WA, September 2023
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) is pleased to announce the addition of Mr. Christian Reyboz as a Board Advisor. This appointment further reinforces AIRO's commitment to innovation in the orthopaedic robotic surgery domain.

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Christian Reyboz

PERTH, WA, August 2023
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) was thrilled to mark #NationalScienceWeek alongside the brilliant Dr James Arvanitakis from Forrest Research Foundation and the newest wave of Forrest Scholars: Nicholas Lawler, Mingxin Ye, and Georgia Khinsoe.

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Lab group photo

PERTH, WA, August 2023
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) is pleased to share the appointment of Mr. Peter Traianou as a Board Advisor. This addition underscores AIRO's ongoing commitment to innovation in the orthopaedic robotic surgery sector.

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Peter Traianou

PERTH, WA, July 2023
AIRO's Senior Mechatronic Engineer, Sam Withers, has been announced as the recipient of the first funding round from the National Industry PhD Program, an initiative by the Australian Federal Government's Department of Education.

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Sam Withers

PERTH, WA, July 2023
Western Australian innovators have recently received a total of $56,500 in grants via the Capability Building Program: National Reconstruction Fund - Medical Manufacturing.

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WA fireworks

PERTH, WA, June 2023
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO), has announced the appointment of Mr. Brian May to their Industry Advisory Committee. The addition of Mr. May to the committee underscores AIRO's commitment to continuously drive innovation and excellence in the field of orthopaedics.

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Brian May

PERTH, WA, June 2023
Prof. Riaz Khan, co-founder of AIRO, recently introduced subtractive laser osteotomy for joint arthroplasty during a keynote speech at the Practical Course in Orthopaedics in Toulouse, France.

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Western Australian Biomedical and Health Showcase

PERTH, WA, May 2023
On Tuesday 9th May, the Western Australian Biomedical and Health Innovation Showcase, a satellite event of the WAHTN’s Science on the Swan, was held at Council House in the City of Perth. AIRO's Co-founder, Managing Director, and CEO Associate Professor Brett Robertson was in attendance to discuss the company's latest advancements in robotic-assisted laser joint resurfacing.

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Western Australian Biomedical and Health Showcase

PERTH, WA, May 2023
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO), recently took part in an engaging and informative session, titled "A SME's Guide to Good Manufacturing", featuring insights from their Chief Technology Officer, Mr. Richard Chipper. The event, hosted by Deloitte on Tuesday the 2nd of May, attracted a large and diverse audience eager to learn about the critical role of Good Manufacturing Practice and ISO 13485 accreditation in the medical device industry.

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AIRO ISO-13485 Event

PERTH, WA, April 2023
For 2023/24, the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) has partnered with the University of Western Australia to appoint Mr. Jake Lorkin as a CEEDWA Scholar. Jake is a final year Honours student in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science with a passion for Robotics and Artificial Intelligence.

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Directed energy osteotomy

PERTH, WA, March 2023
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) has achieved a major advancement in improving its Directed Energy Osteotomy (DEO™) system. Following a successful system upgrade, the AIRO team has accomplished a significant 52% increase in bone ablation efficiency.

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Directed energy osteotomy

PERTH, WA, January 2023
To help develop the workforce for Western Australia’s (WA) burgeoning MedTech industry, AIRO has announced the commencement of its 2023 intern program. This initiative provides the opportunity for students in mathematics, physics, engineering, and computer science to gain real-world experience working with some of the best minds in the field.

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Monet Farrugia, Carl Alveres, and Agnibho Gangopadhyay

PERTH, WA, December 2022
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) is thrilled to announce that it has been awarded an Innovation Connections grant of $50,000 from the AusIndustry Entrepreneurs’ Programme. This funding will be instrumental in optimising the process for AIRO's proprietary High-speed Intelligent Laser Osteotomy (HAiLO™) system's directed energy osteotomy (DEO™) parameters.

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Dr Jacob Kenny, Sam Withers, and Associate Professor Nathan Pavlos

PERTH, WA, November 2022
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) is committed to helping Western Australia become a world leader in the hugely important fields of Medical Technology and Pharmaceutics (MTP). We are very pleased to announce that the next batch of top local engineering talent has joined AIRO.

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PERTH, WA, September 2022
We’re proud to announce that the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) has again been recognised globally for the quality of its medical device manufacturing following a successful audit of its ISO 13485 certification by the British Standards Institution (BSI).

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PERTH, WA, April 2022
Perth-based Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) and its university partners have secured an impressive funding package from the Australian Research Council (ARC).

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Macquarie University University of Western Australia

PERTH, WA, January 2022
It’s an achievement that had the eyes of the medical world turning to Perth Western Australia. In December 2021 the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) successfully completed a world-first human cadaver application of its AIROscan™ technology.

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2022-01 AIROscan cadaver study engineering team with AIROscan robot

PERTH, WA, December 2021
The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) has always been passionate about helping Australia become a world leader in the hugely important fields of Medical Technology and Pharmaceutics (MTP). So we’re excited to announce that the next batch of top local talent is being cultivated in the 2022 AIRO Intern Program.

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Graduates portrait

PERTH, WA, November 2021
Anywhere in the world you go, manufacturers of medical devices agree there is one measure of quality they aspire to above all others: ISO 13485. Which is why we’re proud to announce that the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) had its ISO 13485 certification reassessed by the British Standards Institution (BSI), the world’s leading accreditor of quality management systems, and has again been recognised internationally for the quality of its medical device manufacturing.

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PERTH, WA, August 2021
At the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO), we believe that the more our people succeed, the more our company will succeed in bringing real change to the world. Which is why we’re so proud to announce that local surgeon scientist and orthopaedic training registrar Dr Rajitha Gunaratne has been awarded his PhD for his work with AIRO. Raj’s thesis entitled ‘Laser Osteotomy And Optical Sensing For Advanced Robotic Joint Tissue Surgery’ was awarded the honour recently by the Department of Physics and Astronomy at Curtin University.

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Raj with his PHD

PERTH, WA, July 2021
In the world of tertiary studies, the CEED Scholarship is a big deal. It stands for Cooperative Education for Enterprise Development (CEED) and is a formal program designed to link the skills and ambitions of university students with the research and development needs of progressive organisations in the wider WA community.

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Vanessa Ma portrait

PERTH, WA, June 2021
Anyone who’s visited the headquarters of the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) will know - we support young people. Especially bright young people with a genuine desire to make the world a better place. Which is why we were so pleased in June 2021 when the successful completion of AusIndustry’s Accelerating Commercialisation Grant secured for AIRO enough support to employ another awesome grad student, Computer Systems Engineer, Mr Ryan Breuer.

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Ryan working on AIROscan

PERTH, WA, November 2020
It’s only three letters and five numbers, but to the dedicated team at the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO), it means the world. Literally. It’s called the ISO 13485 certification and it’s decided by the British Standards Institution (BSI Group), the world’s premier accreditor of quality management systems (QMS). After an extensive auditing process, AIRO has been awarded this endorsement for the quality of its medical device systems.

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Friedrich Schiller University, Germany, March 2020
Here at the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO), we’re proud of our team, even when they leave the team! Which is why we’re so happy to share the news that our very first intern, M.Sc. Johannes Stock, has been awarded his Ph.D. for his thesis titled ‘Holistic Simulation Of Optical Systems’ from the Institute of Applied Physics at the Friedrich Schiller University in Jena Germany. Johannes joined AIRO as an intern in September 2017.

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Johannes recieving PHD

PERTH, WA, January 2020
The Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research is doing incredible work to rid the world of some of its most devastating diseases. We couldn’t think of a more fitting place for the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) to establish its new medical laser laboratory. This new world class facility is on Level 4 of the Harry Perkins Institute and provides a bio-secure testing environment (PC2) for the AIRO engineering team to pursue their med-tech development.

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Harry Perkins Building

PERTH, WA, January 2019
The problem we’re trying to solve is a big one. Every year in Australia alone, more than 120,000 people have a joint replaced using old fashioned technology. Surgeons are still relying on hand-held bone-cutting saws or hand-guided battery-powered tools that haven’t changed in decades. The imprecision that results leads to an unfortunate outcome for many patients, including long recovery times, remedial operations and long-term dissatisfaction.

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Hailo Robot

PERTH, WA, October 2018
In a move that brought the reality of robot-assisted laser surgery one step closer, researchers from a leading university in Ulm, Germany and the Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics (AIRO) joined forces to share ideas and advice.

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ILM Building

PERTH, WA, April 2017
It’s an achievement that saw medics around the world take note. The Australian Institute of Robotic Orthopaedics Pty Ltd (AIRO) has successfully developed and tested a prototype robot-assisted bone burr system that allows active, navigated milling of bone during joint replacement surgery (arthroplasty).

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