Verb Surgical plans to debut a prototype of its surgical robotic system by the end of the year.
A strategic partnership between Johnson & Johnson and Google's health sciences sister company Verily, Verb Surgical is seeking to do nothing less than democratize surgery through advanced robotics backed by Google's digital know-how. Verb officials like to call it "digital surgery." Think of the difference between a mainframe computer and a personal computer, and that is what Verb Surgical is trying to achieve in surgical robotics, CEO Scott Huennekens recently told MD+DI.
Verb Surgical is focusing on five areas of innovation: advanced robotics, advanced instrumentation, advanced visualization, data analysis combined with machine learning and simulation, and connectivity. The company says its robotics will be so user friendly that surgeons will be able to simply move arms out of the way and continue on with something they need to do themselves. Surgeons will be able to more easily see what is going on and even interpret what they are seeing thanks to the powers of machine learning and data analysis.
There appears to be a lot of buzz around this approach: Huennekens says more than 100 surgeons have visited Verb Surgical this year.
He expects a full working prototype of the robotic system before 2017.
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