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Medtronic most likely to challenge Intuitive Surgical in robot-assisted surgery

medtronic-intuitive-1x1-150x150Medtronic (NYSE:MDT) is the most likely rival to Intuitive Surgical‘s (NSDQ:ISRG) dominance in the robot-assisted surgery space, but is still at least a year away from putting a competing device on the market, according to 1 analyst covering the medical device industry.

Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Intuitive has a long lead, having had its flagship da Vinci system since 2002 and is still on a roll, introducing new systems and instruments and looking to expand into more surgical areas. Despite Medtronic and a spate of other potential entrants, “we remain of the mindset that it will be tough to derail da Vinci,” Newitter wrote from the annual meeting of the Society of American Gastrointestinal & Endoscopic Surgeons in Boston.

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