Vattikuti Technologies founder Raj Vattikuti told the Press Trust of India, according to the Economic Times.
“We plan to install a total of 100 da Vinci robots in India by 2020 as the demand is quite high. We have already installed 32 robots in the country so far,” Vattikuti said, according to the newspaper. “The goal is to sell around 15 to 20 robots every year, which cost between $1.2 million and $2 million each.”
Vattikuti Technologies plans to train more than 300 surgeons on the da Vinci device, he said. There are 190 qualified surgeons in 30 hospitals across India using da Vinci systems, the paper reported.
“We will grow the pool of accomplished robotic surgeons to 500, besides motivating young surgeons to adopt robotic surgery. As its contribution, Vattikuti Foundation, will offer 100 paid fellowships to super specialist surgeons, over the next 5 years, to become robotic surgeons,” Vattikuti added. “We are looking at focusing on Tier I and Tier II cities. We are already present in metros and many big cities.”