Johnson & Johnson closes Auris Health buyout
Redwood City, Calif.-based Auris Health, which was created by Intuitive Surgical (NSDQ:ISRG) founder and surgical robotics pioneer Dr. Fred Moll, developed and produces the robotic Monarch platform which has FDA clearance for diagnostic and therapeutic bronchoscopic procedures.
The Monarch system features a controller interface for navigating the integrated flexible robotic endoscope into the periphery of the lung and combines traditional endoscopic views with computer-assisted navigation based on 3D patient models, the company said.
J&J said that Auris’s platform will complement technologies it currently has in development with Verb Surgical for robotic general surgery and the orthopedic platform it obtained when it acquired Orthotaxy.
“We are focused on building a connected, data-driven digital ecosystem that pairs our market-leading surgical solutions with advanced technologies to improve the patient experience. The passionate team and differentiated innovation from Auris will help us amplify the power of digital surgery to address unmet clinical needs and lead a transformation in surgical care and lung cancer intervention,” J&J medical devices worldwide chair Ashley McEvoy said in a press release.
In a separate announcement, the company also said it sold its Advanced Sterilization Products biz to Fortive for a total of $2.8 billion, with $2.7 billion in cash from Fortive and $100 million in retained net receivables. J&J said that the ASP biz had a net revenue of approximately $800 million last year.
The ASP division includes capital, consumables and software for use in low-temperature terminal sterilization and high-level disinfection of reusable surgical instruments, the company said in a press release.