Increasing Safety of Surgery through Smart Technologies … Intelligent Robotic Systems!
OrbSurgical forms an ideal blend of our history and connection with space robotics, and ongoing endeavours in intelligent surgical systems including robotics, to create innovative solutions for operating rooms and patient care globally.
ORBITALEnergy • Collaboration • Reach
We are a Calgary-based spinoff, a medtech created to receive and commercialize new IP evolving from Project neuroArm - University of Calgary. Committed to developing and translating innovative technology for the operating room, including the next generation surgical robotics, the company brings together a multi-disciplinary team of surgeons, engineers, scientists and business leaders.
Founded and presided over by world-renowned neurosurgeon, visionary and innovator Garnette Sutherland (C.M., M.D., F.R.C.S), CEO, OrbSurgical Ltd. traces its roots to space R&D through world's first image-guided MR compatible neurosurgical robot called neuroArm. With Calgary's growing entrepreneurial culture, OrbSurgical Ltd. takes an ambitious leap towards bringing advanced surgical technologies to the global community through innovations in sensors, ai and robotics.
The underlying promise remains improving patient care through increased safety of surgery.
Led by Dr. Garnette Sutherland, Professor of Neurosurgery and noted innovator, OrbSurgical Ltd. prides on a multi-disciplinary team of talented surgeons, engineers, scientists and business leaders.
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Garnette Sutherland, President, CEO & Director
World-renowned neurosurgeon and visionary, Sutherland has introduced the dogma of disruptive innovation into the sphere of neurosurgery. Whether it is the world’s first ceiling mounted intra-operative MR imaging technology or the world’s first image-guided MR compatible robot for microsurgery and stereotaxy neuroArm, Sutherland continues to lead and pave the path to a future where surgery, robots, big data, machine intelligence and smart systems, interface. With vision of operating on cells using a micro-robotic arm, and of communities serviced by robots for efficient and cost-effective health care delivery, Sutherland inspires and commands his team with his signature brilliance and commitment to patient care.
Sanju Lama, COO, Corporate Management, Clinical Integration
Lama provides a niche for operating room integration of innovation, through experience and expertise in neurosurgical translation of image-guided robotics and linked innovations. Uniquely trained and instinctive leader, Lama oversees and ensures clinical integration of novel technologies into the operating room. Interfacing across specialties and institutions, she connects innovation to end-user needs, operating room work-flow and market adoption for improved patient care.
Fangwei Yang, Robot Technician, Chief Prototypist
A gifted craftsman, Yang provides experiential resource and support to OrbSurgical’s R&D division. Yang has been instrumental in the initial and ongoing clinical integration of neuroArm technology into the neurosurgical operating room. His years of experience in biological-microsurgical research and natural talent for technology development, provide an integral balance amongst advanced technology, prototyping, functionality testing and application to surgery.
Diego Ospina, CTO, Lead Mechatronics | Systems Engineer, PhDOspina, Chief Mechatronics-Systems engineer provides a disciplined and well-rounded leadership to all engineering activities of technology development, with a focus on sensors and data-driven technologies and advanced robotics. A hands-on mechatronic expert, Ospina’s is able to set a broad, long-term view of project to product journey, seamlessly delegating to meet milestones in a timely manner. Driven by a personal motivation to impact patient care, Ospina leads by example, assimilating core values of teamwork, empathy and provision of ideal tools and systems in the operating room worldwide.
Michael Tagg, BSc – Electrical & Computer Engineering | EITOne with intricate understanding of machines, Michael Tagg traverses digital micro-architectures, mechatronics systems, automotive world and robotics. Tagg merges novel ideas with practicality, creating robust and lasting solutions to challenges in product development. A collaborative leader and team player, his passion and commitment to improving lives through medtech innovations, remain key driving force in realizing intelligent surgical systems of tomorrow.
Elijah Chen, BASc – Nanotechnology & Systems Engineering | EITAn ambitious young graduate, Elijah Chen invests in his dream of impactful innovations and engineering solutions in healthcare. Trained to think outside the box, his skills in computing, advanced software and prototyping, enable him to take creative risk to solve problems facing healthcare. While optimizing solutions, rigorous tests and validation processes, Chen pursues his optimism in the possibility of innovative machine technology for standardized health care globally.
BSc.(Computer Sc. Yr.2)
Homer Riva-Cambrin, BSc. (Computer Sc. Yr. 2) | Assistant Lead, Ai Innovation & Production
A gifted computer scientist, Homer Riva-Cambrin balances school and software engineering to incorporate novel machine learning models, including LLMs into surgical systems and OR platforms. Advancing the realm of context-enriched LLMs towards a coherent AGI in neurosurgery, Riva-Cambrin is immersed in the build and application of next-gen machine intelligence linked to human factors for the clinics, robotics and intelligent surgical systems.
MSc. (BME Yr. 2)
Nigam Lad, MSc. (BME Yr. 2) | Assistant Lead, Intelligent Data Platforms & User Interface
A natural at programming, interface design and app development, Nigam Lad seamlessly integrates device-specific programs and platforms into a functional system. Working collaboratively across multi-disciplinary teams, Lad is able to architect meaningful data-flow across custom Ai models and pipelines, unique to intelligent surgical systems and smart OR paradigms. Through connectivity across technologies and locations, Lad envisions impactful, standardized, secure and smart health care access and delivery.
Amir Baghdadi, Data Science & Artificial Intelligence
An expert in data science and machine learning, Baghdadi is able to interplay volumes of quantitative dataset to meaningful qualitative interpretation, and the vice versa. Using big data and pattern recognition towards intelligent systems, Baghdadi fluidly interfaces across health informatics, sensor fusion, computer vision, biomechanics, image processing and robotics. Merging human and machine intelligence, he offers advanced analytics and evolving models to current and future technologies.
Rahul Singh, Lead, Ai Innovation, Data Science-Analytics & Security
A Senior Data Scientist and Security Officer, Singh applies his worldview of complex analytics and secure business intelligence background, to intelligent surgical systems in a closed-door health care (OR) environment. A committed data innovator, Singh combines cutting edge Ai tools including LLMs and database design, towards coherent, secure and unique AGI model for neurosurgery – in a patented IoT-OR platform led by this team.
Kent Anderson, Corporate-Legal
Experienced Calgary lawyer and technology analyst, Anderson brings experience in market review and commercialization potential of high-tech projects and products. Setting the benchmark for a viable product launch and their legal implications in competitive landscape, Anderson oversees standards of operations for quality assurance and safeguarding of IP for market uptake.
Starr Tze, Business Development, Operational Risk Management
An authority in process hazard analysis and methodical approach to corporate success, Tze anticipates the gravest of challenges and outlines most innovative solutions. Skilled engineer and experienced entrepreneur, Tze brings in an unmatched quality assurance, best practices and confidence throughout product development, translation and market uptake. Through strict guidance principles and pathways, Tze delivers strategic processes towards regulatory approval.
Electrical Engineering, Controls, PhD
Kurosh Zareinia, Electrical Engineering, Controls - PhD
Talented Electrical and Systems engineer, Zareinia’s expertise in control robotics, virtual fixtures, haptics, mechanical - electrical connectome and circuit design, allow him to fuse engineering prowess with surgical solutions. This ability allows Zareinia to oversee aspects of technology development, through proof-of-concept and diligent R&D, thus ensuring translation to products and processes.
Liu Shi Gan
Liu Shi Gan, Biomedical Engineering, Clinical application, PhDWith her biomedical engineering expertise, Gan possesses a flair for operations of medical device in the translational or operating room settings. Her work and experience in medical robotics and smart toolset, and their clinical implementation, add value to the ongoing clinical adoption, support and services in competitive environment. She interfaces expertly between R&D and technology application, balancing both academic and industry pursuits.
Sony Chan, Computer Science, Surgical Simulation, PhDRelocated from Stanford University, CA, USA, Chan’s pursuit of perfection in virtual reality for surgical simulation, offer unique and attractive platforms surgical training and performance. Working across specialties, Chan understands the intricacies of recreating surgery through numbers and equations on to a computer program and intelligent interface. Chan provides the software expertise to OrbSurgical’s expanding resource base.
Dustin Proctor, Molecular Neurosience, PhDTalented molecular neuroscientist and clinical biochemistry expert, Proctor translates molecular basis of disease to personalized diagnostics and therapies. With robust scientific knowledge, skills and expertise complemented by entrepreneurial interest, Proctor aims to develop and deliver novel avenues for early detection and predictability of disease through simple, non-invasive testing paradigms.