CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 17, 2015 /PRNewswire/ Soft Robotics Incorporated, an early-stage startup focused on robotic manipulation and material handling announced today that it has closed the first tranche of a $5M Series investment round.

Soft Robotics has leveraged their proprietary technology to develop a solution that addresses the critical need of adaptability in robotics. Their technology brings automated solutions to completely new markets,” said Carmichael Roberts of Material Impact Fund.

What the team has developed and brought to market over the last two years is impressive, and we’re excited to see its continued impact on the rapidly-growing global robotics market.”

Soft Robotics brought their disruptive technology to market in June 2015 and is deploying robotic solutions with industry-leading partners and end users in the consumer products, advanced manufacturing and food handling industries.

We’re excited to have investment partners who bring much more than capital to the company,” said Carl Vause, CEO of Soft Robotics.

Founded in 2013 out of the Whitesides Research Group at Harvard University, Soft Robotics is enabling a new level of robotic adaptability with its novel and proprietary technology.

Soft Robotics has demonstrated the ability to grasp fresh produce, electronic components, consumer goods, and clothing, among other objects, all with single device.