Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Medicine that Scales

Andy Kessler recently said in an interview "It is doctors that are the problem with medicine. Why? Because they are human (after all), and humans donĂ‚’t scale, they get more expensive. The trick is to embed their knowledge and expertise in silicon and software and algorithms and deliver it cheaper every year."

After reading that, I instantly thought of among my favorite momo's - INTUITIVE SURGICAL (NasdaqGS:ISRG) - about one-fifth of doctors not using the DaVinci said they would like to but did not have practical access to a DaVinci device despite the hospital having a machine, which Piper Jaffray analyst Timothy B. Nelson said suggests potential future sales.

Valuation isdefinitelyy lofty, but the company continues to beat analyst estimates and at $1 million per machine, the company only has to sell 1000 Da Vinci's to do a billion in sales. With that kind of potential, I'm buying and holdinguntill the story is folding.

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