Robotic System to Assume Significant Role in Chemotherapy Preparation

In the OLVG hospital and Amsterdam UMC have created a robotic system to take over a large part of the preparation of chemotherapy from the pharmaceutical assistants. The robot reduces the chance of exposure to hazardous substances, reduces hand strain and provides the assistant more time for other complex preparations.

Setting and problem

Pharmaceutical assistants face risks when preparing chemotherapy for patients, such as experiencing hand issues and being exposed to the hazardous substances found in chemo.


The robot operates using gravimetric principles, ensuring the precise weighing of vials, bags, and fluids on a secure balance. Each vial is uniquely identified through height sensors and photo recognition. Utilizing a robot enhances safety for pharmaceutical assistants by providing a complete barrier between them and hazardous substances, thereby creating a safer workplace environment.


By employing the cytostatic robot, pharmaceutical assistants are spared from direct contact with hazardous substances during chemotherapy preparation, significantly enhancing workplace safety. This reduced exposure is particularly crucial given the scarcity of pharmacy technicians. Moreover, the robot streamlines the preparation process, reducing manual manipulations and minimizing the potential for human error. Additionally, it facilitates cost savings by optimizing the sharing of expensive drug vials.

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Dr. Mirjam Crul
OLVG & Amsterdam UMC
The Netherlands
  • Cytostatics
  • Pharmaceutical workers
  • Hospital workers
Sector / branche
  • Human health and social work activities
Solution types
  • 2. T – Technical measurements