The Sunnyvale, Calif.-based robot-assisted surgery pioneer said some 60 workers from its longtime distributor in India, Vattikuti Technologies, joined its operation there for an undisclosed amount, to be led by GE Healthcare veteran Mandeep Singh Kumar. The Bengaluru-based India business is Intuitive’s sixth international office, the company said, noting that it’s sold 65 of its flagship da Vinci systems in the country.
“The adoption and advancement of robotic-assisted surgery has been enabled by critical contributions from health care professionals from India,” CEO Gary Guthart said in prepared remarks. “As Intuitive continues to grow to serve patients, surgeons, and hospitals in India, we look forward to deepening our support of, and work with, health care professionals in their pursuit of the clinical and economic benefits robotic-assisted surgery offers.”
“It is a privilege to be part of Intuitive’s journey in India, and we are committed to working with surgeons across the country to bring the benefits of robotic-assisted surgery to their patients,” Mandeep added.
“Our customers can expect a smooth transition and even deeper collaboration opportunities between Intuitive and India’s surgical community,” global distribution SVP Jeroen van Heesewijk said in a press release. “We look forward to welcoming our new colleagues to the Intuitive team, as well.”
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