Interview with Mr Bertin NAHUM, CEO and co-founder Quantum Surgical
ROBOTIC SURGERY TODAY
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Paul: Today we are pleased to have with us Mr. Bertin Nahum, CEO and Co-founder of Quantum Surgical, a Robotic Surgery Start-up company based in France’s Montpellier region. Welcome to Robotic Surgery Today!
Bertin Nahum: Thank you for having me!
Paul: Firstly, let me congratulate the company on the visibility and financial support that it has been receiving! In June 2018 you received the first part of a round of “Series A” financing from the Ally Bridge Group and in early February 2019 you were able to secure almost half a million Euros under France’s Programme for Investing in the Future (PIA3), a joint initiative of the Government and the French Public Investment Bank (BPIFrance).
During this interview I’d like to get some insights into Quantum Surgical you and its Founders and understand the scope and scale of your ambitions.
To get started, I’m particularly interested in understanding what drew the founders to the relatively new field of robotic surgery?
Bertin Nahum: The co-founder relationship is perhaps the most personal of all business relationships; a human adventure to build a company characterized by an unrelenting willingness to advance the technological capacity of healthcare and introduce innumerable innovations to the industry. Fernand Badano has over 25 years’ experience as Chief Officer & Board Director of innovative medical technology companies, Lucien Blondel has over 15 years’ experience in Medical Imaging & Robotics, Sophie Roca has over 10 years’ experience as Executive assistant at our previous company Medtech S.A. I have devoted my career to creating medical technology solutions including creating the latest generation of robotic assistance to use during operations.
We are deeply passionate about robotic surgery and the opportunities it offers to the medical sphere and patients. In many ways, robotic surgery remains a field in which innovation and creativity are possible and advisable.
Paul: How did the idea for establishing Quantum Surgical emerge? What problem is the company seeking to solve? What is the driving force/idea/event/ motivation behind the company and you as one of its Founders?
Bertin Nahum: From 2002 to 2017, I founded and directed a robotic surgery company called Medtech. Medtech created and developed ROSA®, an integrated multi-application platform offering both precise and reliable assistance during brain and spine procedures. Therefore, my associates and I are deeply familiar with robotic surgery issues and opportunities. When the world leader Zimmer Biomet acquired Medtech in 2016, I knew I wanted to continue to explore the field of robotic surgery in order to develop more groundbreaking solutions.
With former associates and colleagues from Medtech, we then created Quantum Surgical. This time the aim is to conceive an innovative solution; a combination of powerful software and robotic platform for minimally invasive therapies in liver cancer.
We believe that the combination of robotics, artificial intelligence and imaging analytics will allow more and more patients to benefit from safer interventional oncology procedures, especially in the case of early-stage liver cancers. Our main motivation is to democratize minimally invasive liver cancer treatment.
The incidence of liver cancer in the population is unfortunately growing very rapidly. It is one of the most common cancers with more than 8000 new cases each year in France and 800 000 cases in the world. Quantum Surgical explores the potential of minimally-invasive surgical robotics, focusing on liver cancer treatment. It is an absolutely motivating experience. After the Medtech S.A adventure that resulted in the sale of the company in 2016, we decided to reinvest our creativeness and our inventiveness in a new entrepreneurial project focusing this time on liver cancer.
Quantum Surgical will propose solutions to surgeons working on this challenge with the help of robots. Not only robots, but also artificial intelligence, medical imaging and decision support.
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