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Scientific Director & CEO
Professor in Residence, McMaster University, Founder of Gennum
When it comes to space robotics, Canada is an undisputed global leader. The industry has invested over $2 billion in research and development for the past 30 years, overcoming many of the hurdles associated with automation, image guidance and manoeuvrability. On the medical front, several Canadian universities are also top ranked when it comes to developing image-guided therapies. These strengths put Canada in an excellent position to apply this same expertise to make the medical system more efficient, improve healthcare access in rural and remote areas, and improve patient outcomes by enabling more targeted, less invasive procedures.
The Centre for Surgical Invention and Innovation combines the skill and know-how of academic staff and practising clinicians with private sector business acumen to develop and commercialize a new class of advanced image-guided robotic systems that will extend the diagnostic and interventional capabilities of surgeons, physicians, and health care professionals through increased precision and dexterity. CSii partners with Richmond, BC-based MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the world leader in space robotics and developers of the famous Canadarm, to test, prototype, validate and commercialize new technologies that can dramatically improve surgical results, and reduce the trauma and recovery times for patients.