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About Us

Founded in 2017, Activ Surgical is focused on providing global access to best-in-class surgery, regardless of location...with the ultimate goal of eliminating unintended surgical complications, improving patient outcomes and providing savings to healthcare systems.

Activ Surgical is building hardware-agnostic surgical software that allows minimally invasive surgical systems (laparoscopes, arthroscopes and robots) to autonomously collaborate with surgeons. The first product augments surgical vision equipment in real-time in order to provide critical information to surgeons not available today.

Leadership TEAM:



Accomplished and seasoned leader with more than 25 years of medical device and healthcare experience. Proven track record of leading, developing and executing on commercialization strategies and driving market development initiatives to deliver profitable growth. Previously was the President of the Medical Systems Group at Olympus, President of Orthopedics at Smith & Nephew, and Vice President at Boston Scientific.


Co-Founder &
Chief Science Officer

World-renowned surgeon and medical technologist. Dr. Kim is the inventor of Activ Surgical’s technology; having developed it over seven years with over $13m in non-dilutive grant funding while leading the Shaikh Zayed Institute at Children’s National Medical Center in Washington D.C.

Sub Datta


Two-time entrepreneur and
15+ years proven track record of delivering transformational growth in medical devices and digital health. Sub has held C-suite positions in
2 tech startups including CEO, CompanionMx and CBO at Soft Robotics. Previously held multiple senior leadership roles at Smith & Nephew, as well as EMD Serono. Sub has been awarded multiple innovation awards throughout
his career and holds 3 issued and
2 pending patents.




Highly accomplished medical roboticist and seasoned leader of engineering teams that delivered breakthrough innovation in surgical robotics. Previously was the Director of Advanced Robotics at Medrobotics, where he led the development and release of the first flexible surgical robotics platform, grew the engineering team from two to fifty people, and took numerous surgical robotics products through 510k clearance.

Jill Binney

VP, Sales & Marketing

Highly accomplished and proven commercial leader with nearly two decades of medical device and healthcare experience. Experience building go-to market launch plans for disruptive technologies and developing customer-focused strategies to build brands and grow market share. Strong track record of building and scaling high performing sales teams. Previously served as the Area Vice President for the ENT and Video Microscope Business Units at Olympus.

Arthur Leach

VP, Operations

Innovative professional with a diverse background and more than 25 years of global Operations experience focused on manufacturing, sourcing, distribution, service, quality and continuous improvement in the medical device and life sciences industries. Previously held Vice President roles in Operations and Quality at Insulet, and leadership roles in Manufacturing and Engineering at Covidien/Medtronic.



Three-time entrepreneur and finance and technology executive with a track record managing high-performing teams and growing companies from concept stage through exit. Most recently was the co-founder and President of Sunlight Financial, where he was responsible for scaling operations to a team of 50+, and raising over $100M in equity.

Kelly Pettis

Director, Employee Engagement & Professional Education

Experienced business leader with deep proficiency in Human Resources, Professional Education, Digital Media and Diversity & Inclusion Strategies. An entrepreneur at heart, she joined Activ Surgical after serving in key employee- and customer-focused roles at Olympus, most recently serving as Media Manager, Professional Education. In addition, she was an Adjunct Professor at Penn State University (Reading, PA) and Northampton Area Community College (Bethlehem, PA) for both Public Speaking and Communication courses.

Dr. Peter Kim

Activ Surgical

David Wells

Water Street Capital

Emily Casey

DNS Capital

Ashok Krishnamurthi


Todd Usen

Activ Surgical


Vipul Patel, MD

Medical Director

Global Robotics Institute at Advent Health Celebration

Medical Director

Advent Health Cancer Institute Urologic Oncology Program

Steven Schwaitzberg, MD

Professor and Chairman - Department of Surgery.

University at Buffalo

Adrian Park, MD

Chairman of the Department of Surgery

Anne Arundel Medical Center in Annapolis, MD

Professor of Surgery

Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine

John Galeotti, PhD

Director of the Biomedical Image Guidance Laboratory


Uma Duvvuri, MD, PhD

Director of Robotic Head & Neck Surgery. Assistant Professor, Department of Otolaryngology.


Lukas Biewald

Artificial Intelligence Expert

Founder Figure Eight

Erik Wilson, MD

Medical Director of

Bariatric Surgery

Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center

Professor in the

Department of Surgery

University of Texas Medical School at Houston


Minimally Invasive Surgeons of Texas (MIST)


Our Foundational Technology

  • Activ Surgical completed the world’s first autonomous robotic suturing of soft tissue...
    outperforming open, laparoscopic, and robot assisted techniques (STAR)*
  • Backed by a deep patent portfolio, Activ Surgical’s core innovations are scalable, software-centric, and hardware agnostic

* Azad Shademan, Ryan S. Decker, Justin D. Opfermann, Simon Leonard, Axel Krieger, Peter C. W. Kim: T Supervised autonomous robotic soft tissue surgery.  Science Translational Medicine Vol. 8, Issue 337

Autonomous Robot Surgeon Bests Humans in World First

Outperformed human surgeons

Autonomous Robotic Surgery Takes a Step Forward

Demonstrated the ability to conduct autonomous (supervised)
soft tissue surgery with the robotic device

BOARD of directors:


Computer Vision

Autonomous Robotics/Software/

Machine Guided Surgery

Artificial Intelligence


ActivSight (the company’s first planned commercial launch in fall 2020) works dynamically and seamlessly with any installed visualization system to provide real time intra-operative visual data and images not currently available to surgeons through existing technologies.

Company News

Accomplished MedTech Executive Appointed to Lead Activ Surgical

Activ Surgical, a pioneering startup focused on delivering advanced imaging...

Activ Surgical Makes
Key Appointments to

Board of Directors and Advisory Board

Activ Surgical, a pioneering startup focused on delivering advanced imaging...

World Renowned Surgical Robotics Advocate, Dr. Vipul Patel Joins Activ Surgical Advisory Board

Activ Surgical, a pioneering digital intelligence company focused on...

These companies are investing billions so robots can perform surgery without a doctor in the room

Scientists are excited about the potential for AI and other technological advancements...

Activ Surgical launches visualization tech for making surgeries safer

After $25 million in funding and three years of development, the Boston-based medical device...

Activ Surgical Appoints
Sub Datta as COO

Activ Surgical, a pioneering digital surgery company focused on improving surgical efficiency, accuracy, patients outcomes...

Top 10 Artificial Intelligence Solution Providers - 2020

Activ Surgical, Real-time Surgical Intelligence...

Activ Surgical
Named to
Built In Boston’s
50 Startups to
Watch in 2020

Activ Surgical, a technology
building the ActivEdge...

NASA Selects Top Three iTech Innovators for Continued Collaboration

Judges at NASA’s second iTech Forum have selected the top three best...

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Supervised Autonomous Robotic Soft Tissue Surgery

The operating room may someday be run by robots, with surgeons overseeing their moves...

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Smooth Operator: Robot Could Transform Soft-Tissue Surgery

Smart Tissue Autonomous Robot, or STAR, is taking robotics to a new frontier in...

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Imaging, Navigation and Robotics Panel Discussion at Harvard...

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This Robot Performs Surgery Better Than Your Doctor

STAR has already operated on live soft tissue without human assistance...

The Activ Surgical leadership team is regularly asked to participate in various industry meetings to share their experience and to discuss the company's unique technology. Following below is a quick list of those upcoming Panels & Events:

Check-out Our Previous Panels & Events:

SAGES: Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons

Apr 1 – 4, 2020
Cleveland, OH

Surgical Disruptive Technology Summit

Mar 7 – 9, 2020
Houston, TX

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Innovation Summit
Dublin 2020

Apr 21 – 23, 2020
Dublin, Ireland

Activ Surgical Readies for 2020 Commercial Launch;

Closes Additional $11 Million from Series A Round

Activ Surgical, a pioneering digital intelligence company focused on...

Activ Surgical Raises $11M to Improve Surgery Outcomes with Computer Vision

Autonomous cars, in theory, will use computer vision, artificial intelligence and novel sensors to take...

Activ Surgical CEO, Todd Usen was interviewed by Joe Mullings, Founder of the Mullings Group in our hometown of Boston at The MedTech Conference in September, 2019.


We’d love to hear from you…

Activ Surgical, a pioneering surgical robotics company is looking for individuals who are interested in shaping the future of healthcare by improving patient outcomes, reducing healthcare costs, and addressing unintended surgical complications.

Interested? Check out our open roles and intern/co-op positions below or just give us a call. We’d be happy to chat with you about our company, our unique technology and the possibilities of joining our growing and dedicated team in Boston.


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Suite 108
Boston, MA 02127
Phone: 617-333-8162 (Ext. 401)

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