Making the invisible...visible

About Us

Founded in 2017, Activ Surgical is a first-of-its kind digital surgery company focused on improving surgical efficiency, accuracy, patient outcomes and accessibility for both endoscopic and robotically-assisted procedures. Activ Surgical’s scalable and patent-protected surgical software platform technology is driven by computer vision, artificial intelligence, analytics and machine learning to enhance a surgeon’s intra-operative decision making, and reduce unintended and preventable surgical complications.

ActivSight (the company’s first planned commercial launch in fall 2020) works dynamically and seamlessly to “ACTIVATE” any installed base of surgical visualization and robotics system to provide real time intraoperative visual data and images not currently available to surgeons through existing technologies.

Leadership TEAM:

TODD USEN

CEO

Accomplished and seasoned leader with more than 25 years of medical device and healthcare experience. Proven track record of leading, developing and executing on commercialization strategies and driving market development initiatives to deliver profitable growth. Previously was the President of the Medical Systems Group at Olympus, President of Orthopedics at Smith & Nephew, and Vice President at Boston Scientific.

DR. PETER KIM

Co-Founder &
Chief Science Officer

World-renowned surgeon and medical technologist. Dr. Kim is the inventor of Activ Surgical’s technology; having developed it over seven years with over $13m in non-dilutive grant funding while leading the Shaikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.

TOM CALEF

CTO

Highly accomplished medical roboticist and seasoned leader of engineering teams that delivered breakthrough innovation in surgical robotics. Previously was the Director of Advanced Robotics at Medrobotics, where he led the development and release of the first flexible surgical robotics platform, grew the engineering team from two to fifty people, and took numerous surgical robotics products through 510k clearance.

MICHAEL RUEHLMAN

GM & VP

Three-time entrepreneur and finance and technology executive with a track record managing high-performing teams and growing companies from concept stage through exit. Most recently was the co-founder and President of Sunlight Financial, where he was responsible for scaling operations to a team of 50+, and raising over $100M in equity.

Kelly Pettis

Director, Employee Engagement & Professional Education

Experienced business leader with deep proficiency in Human Resources, Professional Education, Digital Media and Diversity & Inclusion Strategies. An entrepreneur at heart, she joined Activ Surgical after serving in key employee- and customer-focused roles at Olympus, most recently serving as Media Manager, Professional Education. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at Penn State University (Reading, PA) and Northampton Area Community College (Bethlehem, PA) for both Public Speaking and Communication courses.

BOARD of directors:

Dr. Peter Kim

Activ Surgical

David Wells

Water Street Capital

Emily Casey

DNS Capital

Ashok Krishnamurthi

GPV

Todd Usen

Activ Surgical

ADVISORY BOARD:

Erik Wilson, MD

Medical Director of

Bariatric Surgery

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Professor in the

Department of Surgery

University of Texas Medical School at Houston

Director

Minimally Invasive Surgeons of Texas (MIST)

Steven Schwaitzberg, MD

Professor and Chairman - Department of Surgery.

University at Buffalo

Adrian Park, MD

Chairman of the Department of Surgery

Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD

Professor of Surgery

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

John Galeotti, PhD

Director of the Biomedical Image Guidance Laboratory

CMU

Uma Duvvuri, MD, PhD

Director of Robotic Head & Neck Surgery. Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology.

UPMC

Lukas Biewald

Artificial Intelligence Expert

Founder Figure Eight

Investors:

Our Foundational Technology

  • Activ Surgical completed the world’s first autonomous robotic suturing of soft tissue
    in a live pig...outperforming open, laparoscopic, and robot assisted techniques (STAR)*
  • Backed by a deep patent portfolio, STAR’s core innovations are scalable, software-centric, and hardware agnostic

* Azad Shademan, Ryan S. Decker, Justin D. Opfermann, Simon Leonard, Axel Krieger, Peter C. W. Kim: T Supervised autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery.  Science Translational Medicine Vol. 8, Issue 337

Autonomous Robot Surgeon Bests Humans in World First

Outperformed human surgeons

Autonomous Robotic Surgery Takes a Step Forward

Demonstrated the ability to conduct autonomous (supervised)
soft tissue surgery with the robotic device

Advanced

Computer Vision

Autonomous Robotics/Software/

Machine Guided Surgery

Artificial Intelligence

SOLUTION:

ActivSight (the company’s first planned commercial launch in fall 2020) works dynamically and seamlessly to “ACTIVATE” any installed base of surgical visualization and robotics system to provide real time intraoperative visual data and images not currently available to surgeons through existing technologies.

Company News

Accomplished MedTech Executive Appointed to Lead Activ Surgical

Activ Surgical, a pioneering startup focused on delivering advanced imaging...

Activ Surgical Makes
Key Appointments to

Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Activ Surgical, a pioneering startup focused on delivering advanced imaging...

NASA Selects Top Three iTech Innovators for Continued Collaboration

Judges at NASA’s second iTech Forum have selected the top three best...

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Supervised Autonomous Robotic Soft Tissue Surgery

The operating room may someday be run by robots, with surgeons overseeing their moves...

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Smooth Operator: Robot Could Transform Soft-Tissue Surgery

Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, or STAR, is taking robotics to a new frontier in...

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Imaging, Navigation and Robotics Panel Discussion at Harvard...

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This Robot Performs Surgery Better Than Your Doctor

STAR has already operated on live soft tissue without human assistance...

Cleveland Clinic Innovation

(C3i Final)

Oct 21 – 23, 2019
Cleveland, OH

The Activ Surgical leadership team is regularly asked to participate in various industry meetings to share their experience and to discuss the company's unique technology. Following below is a quick list of those upcoming Panels & Events:

Check-out Our Previous Panels & Events:

MedTech Strategist Innovation Summit

Nov 18 – 19, 2019
San Francisco, CA

Emerging MedTech
Summit 2020

Feb 18 – 20, 2020
Dana Point, CA

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PANELS & EVENTS

Careers

We’d love to hear from you…

Activ Surgical, a pioneering surgical robotics company is looking for individuals who are interested in shaping the future of healthcare by improving patient outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and addressing unintended surgical complications.

Interested? Check out our open roles and intern/co-op positions below or just give us a call. We’d be happy to chat with you about our company, our unique technology and the possibilities of joining our growing and dedicated team in Boston.

Email: kpettis@activsurgical.com

Explore Open Roles Here

Contact Us

Activ Surgical, Inc.

840 Summer Street
Suite 108
Boston, MA 02127
Phone: 617-333-8162 (Ext. 401)
Email: info@activsurgical.com

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