Robotics has left an indelible mark on surgery over the past three decades. Now, with the added elements of connectivity and data, we’ve only just begun to scratch the surface on the full potential of this game-changing technology.
DeNovo Ventures’ Managing Director Joe Mandato speaks with minimally invasive surgery/robotics pioneer Fred Moll, MD. Moll founded three public robotics companies, co-founded Origin MedSystems and Gynecare, and recently raised a record amount of capital for a new device company, Auris Health. Moll is an innovator, entrepreneur, and seasoned board member, and he speaks with Mandato about board governance.
“From Railroads to Robots: The Story Behind Deneb Medical.” Spain-based start-up Deneb Medical is developing a surgical robot for selective tissue ablation called CoBot, which the Co-founders believe will directly reduce the risk of unintended damage to critical anatomical structures. In this candid interview, the Co-founders talk about their inspiration and early experiences in founding the company, their current priorities, and what’s next.
Fueled by the passion of pioneering physicists, physicians and medtech innovators looking for a way to fight cancer and make an impact on patient survival and quality of life, cutting-edge oncology devices under development today include an implant designed to infuse chemotherapies directly into aggressive pancreatic tumors, and an MRI-safe robotic system for breast biopsy.
In this week’s post, we continue our look at executives working to make an impact in surgical robotics, including David McNally, CEO of Titan Medical, and Christopher Prentice, CCO at Mazor Robotics. Also, we note a few observations from last week’s annual Society of Robotic Surgery (SRS) conference in Stockholm, where key executives from all the major robotics companies assembled to discuss the current status and future of the field. [Read Part 1]
Back in 1990, the same year that Americans were paying on average $1.34 for a gallon of gas, Space Shuttle Discovery placed the Hubble Space Telescope into orbit, and Tim Berners-Lee of Switzerland published his formal proposal for a concept called the “World Wide Web,” the surgical robotics revolution was born. [Read Part 2]