In 2009, Neocis, a healthcare robotics company focused on the dental surgical market, was just an idea in Alon Mozes’ brain. In 2012 it proved to be a fundable idea, with a well-known robotics pioneer, Fred Moll, seeding the concept, a first step in a long road through R&D, FDA clearance and commercialization. Mozes founded the company with Juan Salcedo, a colleague from his Mako Surgical days, and by 2013, the Neocis team of two was hiring its first employee.
Their first prototype of what would become Yomi, its robotic dental surgical platform, made with scrap metal, looks nothing like today’s product, but it is proudly displayed in their offices as a reminder of their humble beginnings.
“It’s been scrapped for parts in a few areas, but it’s still a fun element from our history,” Mozes said.
Today, this Neocis team is not too scrappy. Neocis has 75 employees – double what it was about a year ago — and the company is selling Yomi (pictured at top [right]) across the country….
By Nancy Dahlberg