6. Intuitive Surgical (Nasdaq:ISRG): +72.6%
Competition in the robotic surgery space is increasing, but that hasn’t stopped growth at Intuitive Surgical, which remains the space’s big kid on the block. Intuitive (Sunnyvale, Calif.) easily surpassed Wall Sreet expectations when it released its third-quarter earnings results in October. CEO Gary Guthart at the time reported “continued interest by our customers in building their robotic-assisted minimally invasive surgery programs as they focus on outcomes and economic value.”
Over the summer, Guthart told MDO’s sister site MassDevice that Intuitive remains focused on one criterion: “Where can we make a difference in outcomes?” He said robotic surgery is intrinsic to the company’s genetic code.