Google, Johnson & Johnson to Partner on Robotic Surgery Solutions

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Google is teaming up with Johnson & Johnson to develop an advanced, robot-assisted surgical platform to improve health care delivery in the operating room.

Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Ethicon, a medical device maker, and Google will combine their “capabilities, intellectual property and expertise.”

Screen Shot 2015-03-27 at 11.50.32 AMThe goal is to offer robotic technology to assist surgeons by giving them “greater control, access and accuracy during the surgical procedure,” according to a press release. Trauma and scarring of patients would be minimized allowing for quicker recovery times, the release said.

“For more than 60 years, Ethicon has developed products and technologies that have transformed the way surgery is done,” Johnson & Johnson Global Surgery Group worldwide chairman Gary Pruden said. “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.”

The partnership must receive approval from the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act. The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015.

Financial agreements between the two companies were not disclosed.

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