Intuitive Surgical

    Intuitive Surgical, Inc. history, profile and corporate video

       Intuitive Surgical, Inc. develops and manufactures robotic systems for the minimally invasive care field. It is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California, United States.

       The company’s history began in the late 1980s, when a non-profit research institute, SRI International, performed the research of the SRI System that eventually led to the development of the da Vinci Surgical System.

       In 1995, John Freund, who had recently left Acuson Corporation, acquired SRI’s intellectual property and incorporated a new company that was named Intuitive Surgical Devices, Inc. Freund wrote the business plan for the newly created company together with Robert Younge (also from Acuson Corporation) and Dr. Frederic Moll (interested in the SRI System since 1994).

       In 2000, the first generation of da Vinci surgical system was launched.

       In 2003, Intuitive Surgical and Computer Motion merged.


    Da Vinci System

       The da Vinci Systems consist of da Vinci Surgical System (a robotic surgical system that is controlled by a surgeon from a console) and da Vinci instruments and accessories.

    Ion System

       The Ion System is a robotic-assisted endoluminal platform for minimally invasive peripheral lung biopsy.

    My Intuitive

       My Intuitive delivers procedure data through a mobile app synced to the surgeon console

    Intuitive Ventures:

    • KelaHealth – provides a surgical AI platform and perioperative clinical decision support tools;
    • Endogenex – develops device therapies for GI and metabolic disease processes;
    • Flywheel – a comprehensive data management platform.

       With more than 5,500 employees, Intuitive Surgical, Inc. is considered one of the pioneers of minimally invasive robotic-assisted surgery. According to Forbes, it is considered one of the Largest Public Companies in the World.

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