Stryker's spine and shoulder applications for the Mako robot are expected to launch in 2024, according to a Jan. 31 earnings call.
The company's vice president of investor relations, Jason Beach, said there is "good progress" on Mako spine and shoulder's development, as transcribed by Seeking Alpha. Mako spine is expected to launch in the second half of 2024, and the initial shoulder launch is slated toward the end of 2024.
In Stryker's previous earnings call in November, CEO Kevin Lobo did not have an exact prediction on when to expect Mako spine and shoulder. Now, he said prototypes have been built and tested with surgeons, giving the company confidence in the expected 2024 launch.
"The beauty of our approach is it's the same robot that's being used for hips and knees that's going to be used, and we have thousands of them now out there," he said. "[It is] exciting that we will be able to just do a software upgrade, have a different attachment and be able to use the same robot. I think a lot of hospitals will be excited about that."