Yulun Wang, PhD, is the Chairman and CEO of InTouch Health based in Goleta, CA. In 2002, Dr. Wang founded InTouch Technologies (d.b.a. InTouch Health), a company which pioneers remote presence robot systems that enable healthcare professionals to provide more effective and efficient healthcare by allowing them to “be in two places at once”. In 2008, InTouch Health received Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500 Award of the fastest growing technology companies in North America, ranking number 39. Also in 2008, InTouch Health received Inc Magazine’s Inc 500 award ranking 289 of the 500 fastest growing companies in America and was also ranked number 18 in the Top 100 Health Companies on the list.
In 1989, Dr. Wang founded Computer Motion, the company which pioneered surgical robotics. He was the principal architect and inventor of the voice-controlled robotic arm called AESOP, the first FDA-cleared surgical robot, as well as the ZEUS robotic surgical system, which performed the world’s first transatlantic surgery. Computer Motion went public in 1997 and merged with Intuitive Surgical in 2003 for one third of the resulting company.
In September 2000, the National Academy of Engineers selected Dr. Wang as one of the nation’s top young engineers to participate in the Frontiers of Engineering program. Dr. Wang was further honored in June 2005 when Ernst & Young named him Finalist for their Entrepreneur of the Year award and again in 2007 when UCSB awarded him with the Venky Narayanamurti Entrepreneurial Leadership Award.
Dr. Wang has more than 40 publications and over 70 patents in the areas of robotics and computers. Dr. Wang is a member of the University of California Santa Barbara’s Electrical & Computer Engineering and Mechanical Engineering Advisory Board, the Hoag Memorial Hospital Presbyterian Board of Directors, and the American Telemedicine (ATA) Board of Directors. He is frequently invited to speak at noteworthy meetings and events, has appeared on the Today Show, CNN, and various other televised interviews. Dr. Wang has a Ph.D. in Electrical Engineering specializing in Robotics from the University of California at Santa Barbara.