Google, J&J partner to advance surgical robotics

Google LogoJohnson & Johnson ($JNJ) and Google ($GOOG) have partnered to create new robotic-assisted surgical platforms. The deal is the latest example of Google working with a major life sciences company to make a significant technological advance. Last summer, it partnered with Novartis’ ($NVS) Alcon unit to develop smart contact lenses to monitor glucose levels and correct vision in presbyopia patients.

Robotic surgery has made enormous strides in recent years as it is more commonly used in specialized, minimally invasive surgeries using equipment from makers such as Intuitive Surgical ($ISRG) and Stryker ($SYK). But cost and safety have proven early stumbling blocks–something J&J and Google hope to improve on.

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A growth-driven and strategic executive, Peter Coffaro commands more than 20 years of progressive management success within the medical device industry. As a District Sales Manager for Stryker Orthopaedics, Peter was responsible for managing and directing a regional sales force to achieve sales and profit goals within the Rocky Mountain region. Previously, he was the Director of Sales & Marketing for Amp Orthopedics. In this role, Peter was responsible for planning, developing, and leading all sales and marketing initiatives. Peter is a former orthopedic distributor in the Pacific Northwest. He has also worked with DePuy Orthopaedics as well as Zimmer, and held positions in sales, sales training, and sales management. Peter has an extensive background in organizational development, business development, sales management, negotiating and P&L management. Peter holds a B.S. degree in Biology from Northern Illinois University.

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