Frederic Moll, M.D., a serial medical device entrepreneur, will kick off the 4th International Symposium on Focused Ultrasound in October 2014 with a keynote presentation titled, “Developing a New, Disruptive Therapeutic Modality: From Laboratory Research Tool to Standard of Care.” Dr. Moll will share insights from his experience founding Intuitive Surgical, including his vision behind the technology, overcoming barriers to adoption and lessons for focused ultrasound.
“Focused ultrasound has incredible potential to change the treatment paradigm for many serious medical conditions,” said Dr. Moll. “But like many disruptive technologies, success is contingent upon navigating the interests of many stakeholders. I am happy to collaborate with the Focused Ultrasound Foundation in its mission to advance this technology by providing guidance to the leaders in the field.”
Dr. Moll’s early career as a surgeon led him to found a series of medical device companies leading up to the formation of Intuitive Surgical, Inc., one of the most successful start-ups of its kind and developers of the game-changing Da Vinci Surgical System. Moll is now Chairman of the Board of Auris, Inc., a medical robotics company he founded in 2011. Moll is also on the Focused Ultrasound Foundation Board of Directors.
“Fred’s insight into what is needed to drive what starts as just an idea to widespread adoption is essential to our work in focused ultrasound,” shares Dr. Neal F. Kassell, Focused Ultrasound Foundation Chairman. “The path, as we well know, is a cumbersome one with many obstacles and players involved. To have someone who has achieved success in this arena share his experience is inspiring to our mission both as an organization and as a field.”