Google Inks Deal with J&J to Make Robotic Assistants for Surgery

By CIOReview | Monday, March 30, 2015

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J: Johnson & Johnson, the healthcare giant announces that Ethicon, a sister company under the firm dealing with the making of medical devices has inked a deal with Google, on advancing surgical robotics to benefit surgeons, patients and health care systems.

Google has under its wings more nearly eight robotics companies which it has acquired over time and Ethicon has over 60 years of experience in medical devices. The alliance will see the blending of capabilities, intellectual property and expertise of both companies to design novel robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room.

Christian de Looper, for Tech Times reports that there will be more of Google's machine and image analysis software, for assisting surgeons to see more clearly during operations.

This partnership will pioneer new levels in healthcare services beginning with minimally invasive surgeries and give surgeons greater control, access and accuracy during the surgical procedure. Patients will face minimal trauma and scarring, enabling accelerated post-surgical healing. The companies seek to develop new robotic tools and capabilities for surgeons and operating room professionals that integrate best-in-class medical device technology with leading-edge robotic systems, imaging and data analytics.

“This collaboration with Google is another important step in our commitment to advancing surgical care, and together, we aim to put the best science, technology and surgical know-how in the hands of medical teams around the world,” states Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman, Global Surgery Group, Johnson & Johnson.