The Future of Healthcare: “We can replicate the tactile sensation of surgery to help train doctors” with Zhouming Tang of Intelligent Haptronic Solutions
As a part of my series about “The Future of Healthcare” I had the pleasure of interviewing Zhouming Tang, Cofounder & CTO of Intelligent Haptronic Solutions.
Thank you so much for joining us! Can you tell us a story about what brought you to this specific career path?
Robotics technology has always been my inspiration. I pursued a master study in haptic technology in the field of medical robotics in SFU from 2007–2010. During my study, I realized that the fields of robotics technology such as Haptics, AI, and VR can significantly improve the quality and efficiency of many medical applications such as surgical training and actual surgery. In addition, my father, who cofounded a medical software company in China, has been very influential to me. Through him, I realized how surgical training market is in desperate need for more streamline and objective solutions. Since then, the idea of starting my own company to apply my knowledge and inspiration in the field of medical robotics has grown.
After graduating from SFU, I did not immediately pursue robotics technology startup because, at that time, there were limited investment and job opportunities due to the global recession. Instead, I ended up working in the silicon industry. Even working there, I never stopped preparing myself for the eventual founding of a robotic technology startup. In 2015, I was fortunate to receive my father’s help and obtained preliminary market research and initial hospital connections.
From the market research, we determined that our first application is a digestive endoscopy training simulation aimed to provide streamline and intelligent training experience to surgeons. I was also fortunate to have my current business partner Mustapha Aassouli join the adventure. We worked together during countless week nights and weekends to come up with a proof-of-concept prototype. November 2016, I presented our project in the 2016 Shenzhen Oversea Returnee Technology Startup Conference in China and received great feedback from technology venture capitalists. Through this conference, we were fortunate to connect with Shenzhen Initial…