BioRob: Seed financing for lightweight robot

BioRob GmbH, Darmstadt based manufacturer of the lightweight robot BioRob, announced the seed financing led by High-Tech Gründerfonds (HTGF) and Dr. Schulze Consulting und Holding GmbH with the goal to enhance R&D and sales force.

BioRob GmbH, Darmstadt based spin-off from Technical University Darmstadt, develops und markets the lightweight robot BioRob. The robot is designed to match the rising demand of cost-effective and easy to use automation solution. Especially small and medium enterprises are looking for new ways of automation since traditional industrial robots do not match their needs.

In contrast to the rigid and heavy design of industrial robots, this new robot arm is based on bionic inspired, antagonistic elastic actuation that enables an extremely lightweight construction. Due to this design it has a remarkable payload to weight ratio.

The low deadweight, the compliant drivetrain and the low energy consumption lead to an inherent, passive safety system allowing the user to run the robot without any additional safety equipment such as light barriers or fences even with high speed of motion. As an additional benefit, the robot’s motion can be taught by hand very easily and fast programming of the robot by manually defined trajectories is enabled. The setup and programming of the BioRob only takes a few minutes.

The BioRob therefore represents an extremely flexible automation solution, applicable even in production lines with frequently changing process conditions. The range of applications includes pick&place, inspection and co-worker operations.

Jan Röhlinger, CEO of BioRob GmbH, notes: “The patented BioRob-technology is clearly a unique selling point giving us a competitive advantage in the area of flexible automation solutions. After this seed round we are able to get to the next level in terms of market entry and R&D. With High-Tech Gründerfonds and Dr. Schulze we have two new partners helping us to further develop BioRob GmbH.”

About BioRob GmbH
BioRob GmbH is a young, innovative manufacturer who has specialized on developing and producing the lightweight robot BioRob. In 2010 the company, a spin-off from Technical University Darmstadt, was founded by Prof. Oskar von Stryk, Prof. Bernhard Möhl und Jan Röhlinger.

The lightweight robot BioRob is used for industrial automation, especially for pick&place, inspection and co-worker applications. It is based on a patented antagonistic elastic actuation inspired by the elastic muscle-tendon apparatus of the human arm. That enables an extremely lightweight and compliant construction. The BioRob-technology enables a secure collaboration of robots and humans in the same workspace even with high speed movements.

Further information:

BioRob GmbH
Jan Röhlinger, CEO
Robert-Bosch-Str. 7
64293 Darmstadt
Tel: +49 6151 2767285
Fax: +49 6151 2767284

About Dr. Schulze Consulting und Holding GmbH
Dr. Schulze Consulting und Holding GmbH invests in start-up companies and medium sized companies in need of quick changes. Target industries are: machine building, energy, industrial automation and related businesses. Beyond the investments the company works in close cooperation with the management of the target companies. This cooperation is formally structured thru advisory- / supervisory board positions or coaching contracts with senior management. Coaching- / advisory focus is: market & product strategy, Sales, Research & Development, developing management and organizational structures, operational excellence. The vision is to participate from the long term development of the company value.

Dr. Schulze Consulting und Holding GmbH
Dr.-Ing. Gisbert Schulze, President & Owner
Ellmaierstr. 40
83022 Rosenheim
Tel: +49 8031 9080242
Mobile: +49 173 8781217

About High-Tech Gruenderfonds
High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests in young, high potential high-tech start-ups. The seed financing provided is designed to enable start-ups to take an idea through prototyping and to market launch. Typically, High-Tech Gruenderfonds invests EUR 500,000 in the seed stage, with the potential for up to a total of EUR 2 million per portfolio company in follow-on financing. Investors in this public/private partnership include the Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology, the KfW Banking Group, as well as fourteen industrial groups of ALTANA, BASF, B. Braun, Robert Bosch, CEWE Color, Daimler, Deutsche Post DHL, Deutsche Telekom, Evonik, Qiagen, RWE Innogy, SAP, Tengelmann and Carl Zeiss. High-Tech Gruenderfonds has about EUR 565,5 million under management in two funds (EUR 272 million HTGF I, EUR 293,5 million HTGF II).

High-Tech Gründerfonds Management GmbH
Michael Strzyz, Investment Manager
Schlegelstraße 2
53113 Bonn
Tel:  + 49 228 82 30 01-00
Fax:  + 49 228 82 30 00-50


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