File image of surgical robotics

File image of surgical robotics


Olis Robotics moves forward with exploration of a new industry application for its precision patented robotic imaging and control software platform. The advanced robotic control technology developed at the University of Washington has its roots in surgical robotics.Olis Robotics controller is currently leveraged in offshore and space applications to aid operators in navigating dark, dynamic environments and controlling precision robotics through Olis Robotics Artificial Intelligent (AI) driven software.  

Recently, Olis Robotics received the required permissions from the University of Washington to leverage its software into the medical device market. The global market size for manipulable surgical tools reaches into the tens of billions of dollars annually.  

Olis Robotics CEO Don Pickering sees the unique value of offering software solutions to existing medical procedure platforms by installing medical devices with Olis Robotic’s precision software platform.

Q: Olis Robotics produces an AI-driven software platform to increase the precision and autonomy of robotics from space to the seafloor. How is this technology applicable to the medical device space?

A: Don Pickering

The same dynamic and unpredictable conditions we’ve engineered our software to master in space and deep in the ocean, exists inside our own bodies. We’re able to provide surgeons with the potential to guide and operator medical devices with increased precision and with a layer of autonomy which we believe increases safety and reduces the potential for surgical errors.

While our robotics software platform is seeing interested interest from many industries currently, the medical field is one of the most fascinating with the potential for exception impact on quality of life.

It’s still early days, and we’re speaking with several undisclosed strategic partners now, and are open to more conversations with others in the future.

Q: How would Olis Robotics technology platform function in the medical field?

A: Don Pickering:

Our technology allows for those in the field to virtually measure twice and cut once. We allow for operators in swirling waters or floating in space to use our software platform and a fusion of sensors to render a 3D visualization of their surroundings. The operator, or in this scenario, the surgeon, can literally ‘pause’ the image. Once paused the surgeon details the exact incision or whichever functionality their remote medical device possesses. Then the surgeon previews the proposed action before the patient is exposed to any danger. If the action is as the surgeon intended, they simply hit a ‘play’ button. The AI-driven software then executes the procedure as the surgeon detailed, accounting for any movement or dynamic circumstances.  

This same scenario is not dissimilar to the components of an operation to fix leaking valves on subsea infrastructure. The software accounts for the scale and calibrates to pre-existing robotics.

Q: Where are you in the process of adapting your technology for medical use?

A: Don Pickering:

We’re at the most exciting inflection point, the beginning. We’ve received the required permissions from the University of Washington where we license some of our Intellectual Property developed by our team when they were on staff at the university. Now, we’re in a world of potential and possibility, as we search for potential partners. We’re seeking to drive impact on the health care system, increasing effectiveness of surgical procedures and safety for patients.