NewsRobert Langer Joins Galen Robotics Board of Directors

March 7, 20221

We are proud to announce that Dr. Robert S. Langer, founder of 40 biotechnology companies, including Moderna, will join the company’s Board of Directors. He will assist Galen Robotics to advance and deliver a new, breakthrough generation of cooperative surgical robots for microsurgery while also launching Digital-Surgery-as-a-Service (a new shared-risk mode for hospitals to procure surgical equipment and utilize them more extensively).

Robert Langer is the most cited engineer in history and the fourth most cited individual in any field, having over 1,400 granted or pending patents and being the author of over 1,500 scientific papers. He is one of the 12 Institute Professors at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). He is one of three living individuals to have received both the United States National Medal of Science (2006) and the United States National Medal of Technology and Innovation (2011). Dr. Langer’s research laboratory at MIT is the largest academic biomedical engineering lab in the world, with over $17 million in annual grants and involving over 100 researchers.

“I am pleased to join the Board of Galen Robotics and advance what surgical robots can accomplish, how they work and how widely available they can become,” said Dr. Langer. “To my knowledge, Galen is the first to launch a surgical robotic company-as-a-service. This reflects the type of new and innovative thinking around surgical robots and medical devices in general.”

Dr. Langer’s vision is the same as Galen Robotics, and we are proud to have him join us. As a company, Galen Robotics has been pioneering the development of a new breed of collaborative surgical robots for minimally invasive microsurgical procedures currently unaddressed by today’s surgical robots. The vision is to make a new breed widely available by changing its procurement from a large capital expenditure to an affordable, per-usage digital surgery “as-a-service” model. These robots would also be able to capture and utilize digital information to promote continuous improvement of surgical techniques and outcomes and the training of residents.

“We are beyond thrilled to have Dr. Langer join our Board,” said Bruce Lichorowic, president and chief executive officer of Galen Robotics. “His contributions to medical science are both profound and amazing. His vision, business know-how and insight will be invaluable to Galen Robotics moving forward.”

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About Galen Robotics
Galen Robotics is the pioneer of Digital-Surgery-as-a-Service (DSaaS), combining the power of a new microsurgery platform with a system of big data analytics and machine learning to provide advanced surgical assistance in performing delicate or intricate procedures. Galen Robotics was founded in 2016, bringing together Silicon Valley and the research done in the Laboratory of Computational Sensing and Robotics of Johns Hopkins University. Galen Robotics is headquartered in Baltimore, Maryland.

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