Verb Surgical announces Kurt Azarbarzin as president and CEO
MOUNTAIN VIEW, California , July 24, 2019 / PRNewswire / – Verb Surgical Inc. today announced that Mr. Kurt Azarbarzinhas joined the company as president and CEO with immediate effect.
“For me it is a great honor and I am excited to have the opportunity to lead Verb,” said Mr. Azarbarzin. “The company has an incredible vision of the future of surgery. I have spent some time in technology and I think it has the potential to transform surgery worldwide.”
Verb is creating its digital surgery platform in close collaboration with Ethicon Inc., which is part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, and Verily, part of Alphabet Inc. It works actively with its collaborators and with doctors when it comes to putting the platform is tested in preclinical laboratories.
“Verb is making great progress and the response of practitioners around the world has been very positive,” said Ms. Ashley McEvoy , executive vice president and world president of Medical Devices, Johnson & Johnson. “We are pleased to have Kurt’s leadership and experience to materialize the marketing of the platform.”
“Together with Verb, we are developing a complete technological platform designed to transform surgery,” said Mr. Andy Conrad , CEO of Verily. “Kurt’s business skills and his innovative R&D legacy in minimally invasive surgery make him a valuable addition to the team.”
Verb’s digital surgery platform consists of five technological pillars: robotics, visualization, advanced instrumentation, connectivity and data analytics. The board of Verb stressed that the company is moving at a good pace to offer these five aspects to the market in what it considers the first fully connected digital surgery platform.
“During my 35 years of career, I have seen numerous technologies and surgical trends and I really believe that robotics and digital are the future of surgery,” said Mr. Azarbarzin, who will move to the San Francisco Bay area with Verb, “and I see great potential in what Verb is developing. I join the company to change the surgery for the better.”
About Verb Surgical Inc.
Verb Surgical, Inc. is developing a digital surgery platform with technology from Verily (company of Alphabet) and Ethicon Inc., a company belonging to Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies. The company was founded in 2015 to develop the future of surgery by making advanced technology and information available to more patients worldwide. In collaboration with doctors around the world, Verb is a company dedicated to converting technology and information into actions that matter.