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Scientific Director and CEO
Professor in Residence, McMaster University
When it comes to space robotics, Canada is an undisputed global leader. The industry has invested more than $2 billion in research and development for more than 30 years, overcoming many of the hurdles associated with automation, image guidance and manoeuvrability. On the medical front, several Canadian universities are top ranked when it comes to developing image-guided therapies. These strengths put Canada in an excellent position to use its 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 (CSii) combines the skills 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 MacDonald, Dettwiler and Associates Ltd. (MDA), the world leader in space robotics and developer 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.