NxR Weekly Meeting

Steve Belinski, Senior Director of New Product Introduction at Intuitive Surgical is presenting.


Steve Belinski will present an overview of surgical robotic systems, including a history of development activities at Intuitive Surgical (ISI) and elsewhere. He will also discuss system technologies that support clinical efficacy, and key characteristics of new hires in engineering and manufacturing positions. Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is the technology leader in minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. The Company's da Vinci® Surgical System offers surgeons superior 3D HD visualization, enhanced dexterity,greater precision and control, as well as ergonomic comfort for the optimal performance of minimally invasive surgery. The da Vinci System allows surgeons to perform complex procedures, like heart valve and cancer surgery, through 1–2 cm incisions. The original prototype for the da Vinci System was developed in the late 1980s at the former Stanford Research Institute under contract to the U.S. Army. While initial work was funded in the interest of developing a system for remotely performing battlefield surgery, possible commercial applications were even more compelling. In 1995, Intuitive Surgical was founded to test this theory. In January 1999, Intuitive launched the da Vinci System, and in 2000 became the first robotic surgical system cleared by the FDA for general laparoscopic surgery. In June 2000, Intuitive Surgical completed an initial public offering. In 2003, the company acquired its principal competitor, Computer Motion, Inc., strengthening the company’s intellectual property holdings. As of December 31, 2012, there were 2,585 da Vinci Systems installed in approximately 2,025 hospitals worldwide. Intuitive Surgical holds ownership of or exclusive rights to over 1,250 U.S. and foreign patents and more than 1,150 US and foreign patent applications. In addition to developing its own proprietary technologies, Intuitive Surgical has worked with IBM, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), John Hopkins University, Heartport, Inc. (Johnson & Johnson), Ethicon Endo-Surgery (Johnson & Johnson), Luna Innovations, Power Medical Interventions, Teleflex Medical, InTouch Health, Stryker, Novadaq, and Mimic. Headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, Intuitive Surgical has more than 2,362 employees worldwide. Approximately 450,000 da Vinci procedures were performed in 2012. The da Vinci System is the #1 option for minimally invasive hysterectomy in the U.S. for benign reasons, and the #1 treatment for women facing gynecologic cancer. For prostate cancer patients, da Vinci Surgery is used in four out of five radical prostatectomies in the U.S. 

Monday, April 15, 2013 - 2:00pm to 3:00pm
ME Conference Room
2145 Sheridan Rd.
Evanston , IL
United States