Johnson & Johnson (NYSE:JNJ) subsidiary Ethicon announced a strategic collaborative deal with healthcare tech platform developer Touch Surgery to develop a collaborative simulated surgical training application.
The companies hope to develop a free mobile application that can “reach medical professionals in even remote regions of the world” to improve patient outcomes.
“We’re looking to improve the standards of surgical care and treatment around the world, accelerating our pace of innovation and aiding the training of more physicians through collaborations such as this agreement with Touch Surgery. It reflects our broad-based approach to innovation and is another important step toward developing a trusted education ecosystem that improves patient outcomes,” Ethicon group chair Michael del Prado said in a press release.
The application will bring together Ethicon’s history in surgical procedures and products and Touch Surgery’s tech platform which includes 3D simulations to provide training content for surgeons and students.
Through the app, individuals can undergo virtual surgical training procedures in 3D operating room simulations. Touch Surgery’s 3D surgical platform application currently has 1 million users, the companies touted.
An initial focus will be on general surgery needs with potential opportunities to expand over time to include other Johnson & Johnson med device companies, such as orthopedics and cardiovascular.
On Monday, Ethicon said it is launching the Stratafix spiral PDS plus and Stratafix spiral monocryl plus knotless tissue control devices.
The Somerville, N.J.-based company said the addition of the 2 knotless sutures makes its portfolio “the most comprehensive” offering available in the U.S.