Tim Murawski: Augmedics Leader, Industry Role, and How He Views the Future of HealthCare

Tim Murawski´s career journey began in the late 1980s as an aerospace engineer for McDonnell Douglas. He later shifted his focus to life sciences, holding senior management roles at companies like Harris Corp., a medical technology and services firm, before joining SwissMed. Tim Murawski became the president and chief executive officer for SwissMed, which had acquired South Dakota-based Intercorp Medical, a company he previously led, in November 2006. 


After serving as SwissMed’s chief executive officer for just over a year, healthcare expert Tim Murawski formed Augmedics. It is a medical research firm approved for registration as a medical device by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in February 2010. 


The Mazor Robot and Augmedics’ significance 

Transforming traditional techniques and procedures in surgical procedures such as spine surgery into minimally invasive procedures has remained among the top priorities in the spine field for some time now. But many of these techniques, such as open surgery, are limited by lower surgical success rates and a need for patients to return to operating rooms to go through more spinal procedures, called reoperations. As Tim Murawski explains, Mazor Robotics, a privately held company in Tazorlane, Israel, developed a robotics platform that mimics traditional neurosurgery. 


This minimally invasive approach, which can reduce a patient’s stay in the operating room to as little as 45 minutes, includes a minimally invasive instrument placement, biocompatibility, and surgical navigation with multi-parameter planning. 


How Augmedics will disrupt the surgical market

Since the da Vinci robotic surgical system, Tim Murawski said the Mazor X RCS is the most innovative innovation in robotic surgery. Augmedics created the Mazor X RCS from the ground up to do two things: integrate surgical visualization into the robot and deliver bi-directional data. 

The Mazor X RCS is an outstanding robotic platform that can move around a patient’s spine, essentially using the environment to operate in a less invasive way than before. “It delivers video, 3D spatial information, and precise position information to the surgeon. The combination of these two will significantly increase the patient’s safety, improve surgical outcomes and provide surgeons with clear surgical intent information without looking down at the patient’s belly”. Tim Murawski said.