J&J’s Auris alleges former employees brought trade secrets to new company Noah Medical

Johnson & Johnson‘s Auris Health surgical robotics business filed litigation this week alleging misappropriation of trade secrets by Noah Medical.

In its complaint, Auris alleges “shameless, systematic and ongoing misappropriation of trade secrets” by Noah. It named former Auris employees Enrique Romo, Diana Cardona Ujueta and Kenneth Nip.

Among other things, J&J alleges that the three former employees collectively misappropriated at least 26,000 Auris, Verb and Cilag documents. Those documents comprise 81 gigabytes of data. According to the complaint, that data includes “significant trade secret material.”

Those documents feature source code, designs and test cases, according to the complaint. All have direct relevance to the individual defendants’ work at Noah, the company added.

“There is incontrovertible evidence that Noah used at least some of these stolen trade secrets: a Noah patent applicat…

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Medical robotics company Noah Medical opens research centers in California

Noah Medical’s Galaxy System. [Image from Noah Medical]Noah Medical announced today that it unveiled a new research and training facility and a research and development facility in California.

The 10,000 square foot research and training facility in Sunnyvale, California, and the 15,000 square foot R&D facility in San Carlos, California, will be used to pursue new medical robotics indications.

According to a news release, Noah Medical — founded by medical robotics entrepreneur Jian Zhang — aims to utilize its new, state-of-the-art facilities to pursue disruptive applications of robotics that have been “left unaddressed by current platforms.”

The Sunnyvale facility will be used to complete the testing of Noah Medical’s first commercial robotic system, the Galaxy System. The Galaxy System was designed as a robotic-assisted platform for minimally invasive peripheral lung navigation, with Noah Medical aiming to file for FDA clearance…

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