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Intuitive Surgical


You can thank Intuitive Surgical for robot surgeons. The Sunnyvale, Calif., company has been pioneering the field for two decades. Intuitive’s da Vinci robotic surgery machines give human surgeons control over four surgical arms—and human surgeons like using them. Intuitive’s stock and revenue have soared over the past two years owing to strong global demand for the systems. The company’s market value has shot up more than 70% so far in 2017.

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Health Care


Medical Products and Equipment


Gary S. Guthart



HQ Location

Sunnyvale, Calif.

Revenues ($M) (Past 12 Months)


Profits ($M) (Past 12 Months)


Market Value as of Oct. 9, 2017 ($M)


Revenue and net income for 12 months ended June 30, 2017. Source: S&P Global.

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