Verb Surgical - the name for Google and JnJ's venture

 Verb Surgical  envisions “A new future, a future unimagined even a few years ago, which will involve machine learning, robotic surgery, instrumentation, advanced visualization, and data analytics.”
 Few details are known:
  • Verb Surgical was incorporated in August 2015. "Verb Surgical was founded with technology, expertise, and funding from Verily (formerly Google Life Sciences) and Ethicon, a medical device company in the Johnson & Johnson family of companies."
  • "Verb’s surgical robot is expected to be one-fifth the size of current surgical robots"
  •  "The new robots will improve surgeons’ control while performing surgeries"
  •  It will offer "Advanced data analytics in the OR • Flexible OR workflow dynamic • Reduced cost to serve"
  • "J&J said in a press release that Verb Surgical is a key player on a robotics platform, and now, it will be supported by Ethicon’s new surgical instruments"
  • "J&J also said that Verb’s robot is designed for a much wider use than current models, expected to perform procedures like thoracic, colorectal, and bariatric surgeries."
  • "The new start-up will be based on Google's home turf of Mountain View, CA"
  • "Scott Heinekens, Verb Surgical CEO and president, will handle all the operations in the new robotics company."
  • "Both J&J and Verily do say they’ve contributed intellectual property, research and development, and other resources—including managerial and surgical expertise—to Verb Surgical." 
  • "It may have some interesting components in it like phone-a-friend" 
  • There is so much no visual material about the system that JnJ put a da Vinci image into its own corporate presentation...

Source: Verb Surgical, Surgical Product Mag, Maine News Online, WIRED, Reuters
Illustration: ACMIT Gmbh

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