Google, Johson & Johnson Collaborating on Surgical Robots

"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," said Gary Pruden, worldwide chairman of the Global Surgery Group at Johnson & Johnson.

Johnson & Johnson announced March 26 that Ethicon, a medical device company in the Johnson & Johnson family of companies, has executed a definitive agreement to enter into a strategic collaboration with Google, Inc., working with the Life Sciences team on advancing surgical robotics. They will collaborate to create a robotic-assisted surgical platform capable of integrating advanced technologies, with the goal of improving health care delivery in the operating room.

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

Johnson & Johnson's announcement said the closing of this transaction is subject to clearance under the Hart-Scott-Rodino Antitrust Improvements Act and other customary closing conditions, with the transaction expected to close during the second quarter of 2015.

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