5 Top Robotics & Automation Startups Impacting The Pharma Industry

We analyzed 408 robotics and automation startups impacting the pharma industry.​ Addverb, Strateos, Maalex, AiRO Labs, and SensoVision Systems develop 5 top solutions to watch out for. Learn more in our Global Startup Heat Map!

Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups working on solutions for the pharmaceutical sector. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we want to share our insights with you. This time, we are taking a look at 5 promising robotics and automation startups.

Heat Map: 5 Top Robotics & Automation Startups

Using our StartUs Insights Platform, covering 1.116.000+ startups & emerging companies, we looked at innovation in the field of robotics & automation. For this research, we identified 408 relevant solutions and picked 5 to showcase below. These companies were chosen based on a data-driven startup scouting approach, taking into account factors such as location, founding year, and technology among others. Depending on your specific criteria, the top picks might look entirely different.

The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 startups & emerging companies developing robotics & automation solutions for the pharma sector. Moreover, the Heat Map reveals regions that observe a high startup activity and illustrates the geographic distribution of all 408 companies we analyzed for this specific topic.


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Addverb – Warehouse Management

Warehousing is an important part of the supply chain and for drug manufacturers, as it becomes an essential cost lever. Moreover, with the help of technologies such as robotics, artificial intelligence (AI), and machine learning, warehouse processes become simpler and process efficiencies increase. For example, automated pick and place robots help warehouses decrease logistics lead times, and, as a result, cut costs.

Indian startup Addverb offers robotic systems for pharmaceutical manufacturers to manage their warehouses effectively. Natural navigation-powered Dynamo is an autonomous mobile robot, which enables the fast movement of material. Additionally, the startup offers Cruiser and Zippy, a pallet shuttle robot and a sorting robot, to be used for vertical space utilization and sorting through returns. Through these, and other products, the company caters to the pharma and other industries.

Strateos – Robotic Cloud Lab

Genetic engineering and life sciences involve a lot of repetitive activities that are tedious in nature. Automating these activities enable researchers and scientists to focus on more essential tasks. Moreover, with the help of robots, these activities become faster and enable higher throughputs.

The USA-based startup Strateos provides pharmaceutical manufacturers with a robotic cloud lab to test out genetic engineering like sequencing, splicing, etc. This significantly improves the rate at which scientific operations get completed giving more time to analyze the results. As a result, the scalability of drug discovery in pharmaceutical manufacturing is increased.

Maalex – End Of Arm Tooling Solution

From the first industrial robotic arm to now, there has been a tremendous evolution in robotics and automation technology. Still, the pharmaceutical industry requires a high degree of precision manufacturing and handling. Advancement in computer vision and AI technology enables robotic arms to perform intelligent actions on their own, increasing precision and decreasing the risk for human error.

Canadian startup Maalex provides end of arm tooling solutions to enable efficient robotic function. The company’s mobile tech center enables users to test out any robotic automation idea with the help of a collaborative robot OB7, which allows for testing robotic applications such as pick and place. Maalex caters to multiple industries including automotive, consumer packaged goods as well as pharmaceuticals.

AiRO Digital Labs – Pharmacovigilance Automation

Robotic process automation (RPA) of menial repetitive tasks helps organizations reduce costs and improve operational efficiency. This is especially true for pharmaceutical manufacturing processes that require complying with quality standards. Moreover, understanding various compliance regulations with the help of real-time automation helps pharmaceutical manufacturers better handle pharmacovigilance.

US-based startup AiRO Digital Labs provides pharmacovigilance automation to users and ensures that all manufacturing processes are quality controlled in real-time. RPA helps pharmaceutical manufacturers with regulatory compliance as well as aids management to formulate strategies in real-time based on usage trends and other regulatory changes.

SensoVision – Automated Quality Inspection

Quality inspection at different stages of pharmaceutical manufacturing ensures maintaining high-quality standards. Automating the filling and packaging process in pharmaceutical manufacturing helps with faster quality inspection, as well as weight accuracy checks, and efficient production cycles. Startups and emerging companies are working on innovations in robotic process automation to find solutions for continuous production.

Indian startup SensoVision provides inspection process automation solutions in pharmaceutical manufacturing. With the help of cameras on the production line, QualViz processes data through deep learning and computer vision. As a result, this solution ensures that each pill on the production line is quality checked for color, size, and shape.

What About The Other 403 Solutions?

While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence so you can achieve your goals faster. The 5 robotics & automation startups showcased above are promising examples out of 408 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria, get in touch.

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