US health care company Johnson & Johnson has entered into a definitive agreement to collaborate with Google on surgical robotics. The deal is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015. Financial terms have not been disclosed.
Both companies said in a statement that they would work ” to create an innovative robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room.”
The two companies said they would seek to improve techniques for robotic-assisted surgery – a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses technology to give surgeons better control, access and accuracy.
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,” said Gary Pruden, Worldwide Chairman, Global Surgery Group, Johnson & Johnson.