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Japanese firm's robotic surgeon to hit market by 2020

Startup Riverfield takes on Intuitive Surgical with much cheaper product

This prototype surgery assistance robot is being developed by Japanese tech startup Riverfield.

TOKYO -- Riverfield, a Japanese startup with origins at the Tokyo Institute of Technology, has thrown down the gauntlet to Intuitive Surgical, the dominant player in the global surgical robot market.

Riverfield is looking to close in on Intuitive Surgical by putting Japan's first domestically made surgical robot on sale at half the price of the U.S. behemoth's da Vinci robotic surgery system, by 2020.

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