Google and Johnson & Johnson are teaming up to develop robots that can perform surgery, robotic assistants to help doctors during surgery.
Johnson & Johnson already makes a lot of medical equipment. Google’s role in the partnership will be to explore new ways on a software and hardware level to improve that equipment.
The companies will bring together capabilities, intellectual property and expertise 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.
Robotic-assisted surgery is a type of minimally invasive surgery that uses technology to give surgeons greater control, access and accuracy during the surgical procedure while benefiting patients by minimizing trauma and scarring, enabling accelerated post-surgical healing.
The transaction is expected to close during the second quarter of 2015. Financial terms were not disclosed.