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Swabbing Robot

In 2020, the COVID-19 pandemic set in motion the development of a fully automatic swabbing robot that can independently swab patients' throats, put the swab in a glass and screw the lid on.


Start: March 2020
End: May 2020


The swabbing robot was intended to help healthcare professionals swab patients for covid-19 so that staff are not at risk of infection.

For employees, swabbing can lead to monotonous working conditions, and employees are most often needed for other important functions as well, so the swabbing robot is expected to be able to ease the pressure on staff and free up hands for other tasks as well as spare employees from monotonous and repetitive work.


The robot was developed by SDU Robotics at the University of Southern Denmark, and as the robot is now complete, the commercialisation of it has been moved to the company Lifeline Robotics A/S.


The investors in Lifeline Robotics A/S are the Swedish venture fund Norrsken Foundation, REInvest Robotics and SDU. Vækstfonden supports with two million Danish kroner as a convertible loan.

Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu

Thiusius Rajeeth Savarimuthu

Professor and Research Manager

Centre for Clinical Robotics

(+45) 24 40 95 45