CK Insights

June 14, 2018

Surgery Sans Blade: Our New Client INSIGHTEC

Laura Vinci

Medical devices transform healthcare as we know it. Today, physicians, neurosurgeons and scientists deliver innovations that accelerate patient care at rates unimaginable 10, or even five, years ago. From improving diagnostics to enabling brain surgery without the use of a scalpel, these incredible technologies are changing the lives of millions of patients across the globe. We sat down with new CooperKatz client, Xen Mendelsohn Aderka, Vice President of Marketing at INSIGHTEC (a global medical technology innovator of incisionless surgery), to discuss how its Exablate Neuro device is propelling the neurology space into such an exciting future.


1. CooperKatz (CK): Xen, can you tell us about INSIGHTEC and your mission?


Xen Mendelsohn Aderka (XMA): INSIGHTEC is leading a paradigm shift – incisionless brain surgery. The company’s proprietary focused ultrasound technology uses sound instead of a scalpel to treat deep in the brain. Our mission is to make focused ultrasound a standard of care for patients. The company is experiencing tremendous growth and every single one of the more than 250 employees around the world is committed to innovation.


(CK): In the last few months, INSIGHTEC was ranked #1 Most Innovative Company in Israel by Fast Company and the Exablate Neuro focused ultrasound device was recognized with a Gold Edison Award. Tell us more about why is the medical and business community is really beginning to take notice of your company.


(XMA): In my opinion, the medical and business community are seeing the growing momentum of the treatment for essential tremor as well as the potential for future clinical applications in the brain. Our technology allows for making a tiny ablation, or burn, in the precise spot of the brain that controls the tremor – incisionless brain surgery with same day results. The recent $100M investment by Koch Disruptive Technologies (KDT) is another confirmation of that.


(CK): What is your vision for the future of medicine, specifically the intersection of technology and surgery, 10-15 years from now?


(XMA): Today, we are seeing the synergy of technologies which elevate the precision of surgery as well as extending the capabilities of the surgeon. Areas that I believe will be fascinating include small robots, AI developments and 3D printing. While treating without incisions may sound like science fiction, today it is already a reality. In the future, this technology holds the potential to treat patients with a range of neurological diseases and allow them to quickly get back to living their life.


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