Medtronic has announced the acquisition of London-based Digital Surgery, a “pioneer in surgical artificial intelligence, data and analytics, and digital education and training.” Financial details of the acquisition were not disclosed, but it was described as “immaterial” to Medtronic’s fiscal health for 2020.
“Joining Medtronic creates an incredible opportunity to realize the promise of reducing unwarranted variability in surgery,” Dr. Jean Nehme, surgeon, CEO and co-founder of Digital Surgery, said in a release. “We have always believed in computational power and data as two central drivers of consistency and quality in surgery. Computational power has impacted our lives in so many ways, and within surgery it is almost absent. By joining forces with Medtronic, we will finally apply computing and AI to surgery on a meaningful scale with a goal of helping more patients in more places benefit from consistently high-quality surgical care.”
Digital Surgery’s executive leadership will remain in place and the company will stay headquartered in London where, also according to the release, there are plans for continued workforce expansion and investment.
“We are thrilled to bring the Digital Surgery team and their expertise into Medtronic, not only due to the strategic fit from a technology perspective, but due to the shared belief that patients around the world deserve access to quality surgical care,” Megan Rosengarten, vice president and general manager of the Surgical Robotics business, part of the Minimally Invasive Therapies Group at Medtronic, said in the release. “By pairing digital solutions with robotic platforms and instrumentation, we can have a big impact on expanding patient access.”
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