3. Johnson & Johnson’s DePuy Synthes: Velys
DePuy Synthes in 2018 bought Paris-based Orthotaxy. At the American Academy of Orthopedic Surgeons conference in March 2019, a prototype on display was reportedly the size of a shoebox, attaching to an operating table. “There are no blocks required. There’s no pinning required. We saw this as what the world actually needs. This is bed-mounted. It’s not a huge device that sits on the floor,” Liam Rowley, VP of R&D for knees at DePuy, told MDO at the time.
Fast forward to January 2021, and DePuy Synthes announced FDA 510(k) clearance for the Velys system, touted as a first-of-its-kind, table-mounted ortho surgery robot with an efficient design capable of integrating into any operating room. The company said it adapts to a surgeon’s workflow, offers control they are used to and heps execute accurate bony cuts.
Velys is designed for use with the Attune total knee system and its cleared use indications, and it will become part of the broader Velys digital surgery platform of connected technologies