Neocis – A Robotics Healthcare Startup
Neocis, a robotics healthcare startup, is transforming dental implant surgery with advanced robotics. The company is focused on enhancing dental surgeons’ capabilities and advancing patient care through the latest technology.
Neocis works closely with dental surgeons to understand their needs with the goal of overcoming surgical and treatment challenges. The company is driven to innovate and committed to bring new approaches to improve patient care and quality of life.
Neocis Inc. was founded in Miami, Florida in 2009 by Alon Mozes, PhD, and Juan Salcedo. They had a common background in robotic surgery from their prior experience with Mako Surgical, where they were two of the first principal engineers to develop the revolutionary RIO system for robotic guided orthopedics. After Mako had a successful IPO and ultimately sold to Stryker for $1.65B, Mozes and Salcedo sought out other medical markets in which providers and patients might benefit from haptic guided robotic surgery.
With Mozes’s father being an endodontist, the dental industry was a natural fit for their next endeavor. Mozes and Salcedo spent years developing their prototype, with key clinical input from a close family dentist friend who has the nickname “Yomi”, and patenting the technology.
In 2012, Neocis secured its first round of funding with lead investor Fred Moll, who founded several successful robotic surgery companies including Intuitive Surgical, which created the da Vinci Surgical System. Neocis then completed a successful clinical study for Yomi in 2016 leading to market clearance from the FDA. Global investment firms have contributed capital and guidance, including Mithril Capital Management, which also has a seat on the board of directors.
Yomi is the first and only robotic device for dental surgery to be commercially available in the United States. Yomi is in clinical use with leading dental surgeons who share the goal of establishing Yomi as the new standard of care for dental implants.
At Neocis, we realize that our success depends each team member’s ability to work independently with dependable judgement. We prioritize productivity over hours spent, and we strive to be thoughtful about our teammates personally and professionally. We seek out teammates with the ability to manage uncertainty, push the limits, and think like an owner.
CEO and Co-founder
Dr. Mozes has been working in computer graphics and image-guided applications in start-up companies for nearly 20 years. As a principal engineer and one of the first 20 employees at MAKO Surgical Corp., he helped develop the software for their ground-breaking Rio system for orthopedic robotic surgery. Prior to MAKO Surgical Corp., he developed Emmy award-winning technology with Sportvision, Inc. in the area of real-time sports broadcast graphics. Dr. Mozes received his Ph.D. in Biomedical Engineering from the University of Miami and his B.S. and M.Eng. degrees in Computer Science and Engineering from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).
VP Operations and Co-founder
Mr. Salcedo has over a decade of experience in manufacturing and mechanical design for the medical device industry. He was a principal robotic design engineer for MAKO Surgical Corp. and was a key designer for the first concept as well as one of the main designers for the second generation systems to follow. Prior to that, Mr. Salcedo served as lead researcher for the Cardiovascular Engineering Center at Florida International University. Mr. Salcedo was also a senior manufacturing engineer for Calnetix Inc., the world leader in developing and manufacturing high speed electric motors and generators. Mr. Salcedo holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering and a M.S. in Biomedical Engineering from the Florida International University.
VP Finance & HR
Erik joined Neocis in 2018 to lead the Finance and HR functions. Through international positions supporting medical device and pharm/bio companies, Erik accumulated a wealth of financial expertise in sales and marketing, supply chain, research and development and tax. Before joining Neocis, he was the head of Finance, IT & Facilities at Verb Surgical, a Joint Venture between Google and J&J focused on the general surgery robotics space. Erik holds a Master’s Degree in commercial engineering (technology management) from the University of Antwerp, Belgium. He also holds a master’s in finance from Vlerick Business School.
Vice President of Engineering
Dennis Moses serves as Vice President of Engineering. Moses most recently served as Director of System Engineering for Verb Surgical, Inc. Prior, he served in numerous roles of increasing responsibility over nearly 15 years with Stryker Corporation. During his tenure, he participated in multiple major hardware and software releases and was successful in introducing and advancing a novel robotic solution for orthopedic surgery. Moses has led cross functional design and development efforts in various technologies and the medical device industry.
Board of Directors
Former CEO dental and derm devices
Dr. Robert Mittendorff
Norwest Venture Partners
Fred Moll, MD
Former CEO / Founder Intuitive Surgical
CEO / Founder Auris Health
Alon Mozes, PhD
CEO / Co-Founder Neocis