Medical technology company Medtronic has announced the acquisition of Digital Surgery, a UK-based firm with a focus on surgical artificial intelligence (AI), data and analytics.

Digital Surgery will join Surgical Robotics business, a part of the Medtronic’s Minimally Invasive Therapies Group.

The acquisition is expected to strengthen Medtronic’s portfolio and its robotic-assisted surgery platform.

Medtronic Surgical Robotics business vice president and general manager Megan Rosengarten said: “Capabilities and solutions in the data and analytics space play a critical role in our continued focus on advancing minimally invasive surgery, from education and training to clinical decision support, to reducing cost and unwarranted variability.

“We are thrilled to bring the Digital Surgery team and their expertise into Medtronic, not only due to the strategic fit from a technology perspective but due to the shared belief that patients around the world deserve access to quality surgical care.

“By pairing digital solutions with robotic platforms and instrumentation, we can have a big impact on expanding patient access.”

Digital Surgery will continue to be headquartered in London and its existing executive team, including the two surgeon co-founders, Dr Jean Nehme and Dr Andre Chow, will remain.

Commenting on the acquisition, Digital Surgery CEO, co-founder, and surgeon Dr Jean Nehme said: “Joining Medtronic creates an incredible opportunity to realise the promise of reducing unwarranted variability in surgery.

Co-developed digital solutions by Medtronics and Digital Surgery will be offered under Medtronic’s soft tissue robotic-assisted surgery systems.

Medtronic has plans for continued investments and workforce expansion in Digital Surgery.