Inventor, VESALIUS Robot
Visiting Scholar, School of Medicine, Stanford University
Prof. dr. ir. Hsiao-Wei Tang has more than 10 years experiences in surgical robot R&D and is dedicated to the promotion and implementation of robot assisted surgery. Since 2000, He developed a 'CT-image guided needle insertion robot' to solve the problems of patient movement and excessive X-ray exposure for percutaneous ethanol injection of liver in Taiwan. Then, He moved to Belgium and developed his second Laser Laparoscopic Surgical Robot (LLSR) for endometriosis treatment via laser laparoscopy. He also found significant advantages of shorter learning curve and better precision by using his system which paved the foundation of his latter startup project. He invented the Adjustable Remote Center of Motion (ARCM) which is the core technology of his third VESALIUS Robot for Robot Assisted Minimally Invasive Surgery (RAMIS).
Since 2009, he initiates and executes the 'VESALIUS Robot- a seed for the future' spinoff project. He proposes Modular CustoMization (MCM) concept to improve the usability while taken cost effectiveness into account. He realizes the benefits proven in the research can only take effect by applying in real surgery. He also believes the industrialization of medical robotics will lead to knowledge economy within the region and healthcare innovation around the world.
In Feb. 2011, he joins IRCAD-Taiwan, the academy of Minimally Invasive Surgery, and establishes the 'International Center of Excellence in Medical Robot' and launching the Huatuo project. In Nov. 2011, he joins Stanford University as a visiting scholar and participates in the Stanford-Taiwan Biomedical Fellowship program which is sponsored by Taiwanese government. He is also adjunct assistant professor of Biomedical Entrepreneurship in National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan, Editorial Advisor for Medical Robotics Magazine and Medical Robot Advisor for WEGO group which is one of the biggest medical device manufacturer and distributor in China.
Prof. Tang is launching the program to bring all parties together to proceed the intensive R&D and to promote the unlimited innovation in surgical and medical robotics.