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FT Digital Surgery Summit: Improving Surgical Outcomes with Smart Technology
FT Digital Surgery Summit: Improving Surgical Outcomes with Smart Technology

Luke Hares, Technology Director and co-founder, CMR Surgical will be discussing the future of surgery and taking part in a panel discussion on the next-generation of surgical tools, instruments and materials.

As the inventor of Versius, CMR Surgical's next-generation surgical robotic system Luke will share his views on the potential of robotics to unlock minimal access surgery, the role of data in surgical training and driving outcomes and what CMR Surgical sees as the future of surgery.

21 - 21 Mar, 2019
The Palace 2 New Montgomery St San Francisco CA 94105

The surgical field has been slower to adapt to new technologies than the broader consumer economy. Outdated regulation may be partly to blame but there has also arguably been a lack of focus on digitizing surgery in a way that is widely accessible. For example, minimally invasive robotic surgery has been around for years but it is still typically unaffordable. If digitizing surgery really is the way forward it must be for the many, not the few.

The FT Digital Surgery Summit will examine how next-generation surgical technologies are transforming performance in the operating room. Crucially, the event will also address the issues of cost, scale and access that come with taking surgery into the digital era. Luke Hares from CMR Surgical will be amongst thought leaders from across the healthcare landscape to provide valuable insights on key issues with a balanced focus on opportunities and challenges.

Luke Hares is a physicist with practical multidisciplinary engineering skills and, for the past 20 years, has been involved in the conception and development of many products and medical devices. Luke was responsible for the Versius concept, created in response to the unmet need for a better way to perform laparoscopic surgery. Before co-founding CMR he worked for product design companies in the UK and the US, where he worked on medical devices, robotics, ASIC developments and consumer products. Luke believes the best devices are created by combining a detailed knowledge of the unmet needs of the users with the creative application of a broad knowledge of available technology. Regular contact and interaction with the users of the product is essential for this process. Luke is responsible for leading the CMR technology team and has overall responsibility for the technology strategy of the company. He is accustomed to championing ideas, communicating technically complex ideas and designing and managing the development of complex systems.

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