BUSINESS BRIEFS: Sarasota Memorial’s robot expands its surgery skills – Sarasota Herald-Tribune

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• ROSA, a robotic surgical assistant that has been helping orthopedic surgeons perform knee replacements at Sarasota Memorial Hospital since her debut in 2019, is now primed to do hips.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently approved Zimmer Biomet’s ROSA Hip, the latest addition to the orthopedic robot’s surgical system. The added capabilities allow orthopedic surgeons using an anterior approach to partner with ROSA on total hip replacements.

Dr. Edward Stolarski, medical director of Sarasota Memorial Hospital’s Orthopedic Surgery division, and orthopedic surgeon Sean Dingle were among the first physicians in Florida to complete training and begin pioneering use of ROSA on knee replacements in 2019.

The precision the technology adds to total and partial knee replacement prompted SMH to expand ROSA’s role in the operating room, a news release stated.

• The Bradenton Area Economic Development Corp. will present the 33rd Annual Hob Nob Bar-B-Que on March 9, 5:30-8:30 p.m., at the Bradenton Area Convention Center, 1 Haben Blvd., in Palmetto.

The popular business networking event, which attracts more than 800 people each year, features grill teams crewed by local businesses and restaurants.

The cost is $80 for EDC investors; $90 for all others. Register online at, or for invoiced registrations, contact Kirsten Lovett at or 941-803-9037.

• A subsidiary of Sarasota’s Helios Technologies Inc. has been chosen as a winner of the Systems and Components Trophy – Engineers Choice for 2022, sponsored by DLG.

Faster S.r.l won the award for its innovative Faster ABC electronic hydraulic hose coupling.

The Systems and Components award was presented to three suppliers who have demonstrated inventive or significantly improved concepts that can make an important contribution to the development and production of agricultural machinery and other off-highway machinery.

The winners were selected by prominent development engineers from agricultural machinery manufacturers.

Helios is a global leader in highly engineered motion control and electronic controls technology for diverse end markets.

• Less than 20 months after announcing the company’s establishment, LifeStar Living, of Sarasota, has been recognized as one of the top five Senior Living Providers to Watch in 2022 by industry media, Senior Housing News.

Industry veteran Joel Anderson stepped down from his role as CEO of Village on the Isle to join iconic NBA super agent David Falk in creating LifeStar.

Anderson took Falk’s vision and immediately formed three divisions: LifeStar Creative, a full-service marketing agency; LifeStar Development, development consultant for new and existing senior living projects; and LifeStar Advisory, offering executive recruitment services, strategic planning and other consulting for senior living groups.

LifeStar supports over 2,700 senior living units as part of its unique business relationships. It also has completed a development plan and begun marketing its flagship property, the Manhattan–St. Petersburg, an upscale two-phase member-exclusive community on the coastal waterway of St. Petersburg.

• The Professional Network meets every Tuesday, except the first of the month, 12:30-1:30 p.m. at Der Dutchman Restaurant, 3713 Bahia Vista St., in Sarasota.

Make friends and network with other area businesses. Contact Jeff Deehr, 941-961-8594, or go to