Background & Challenge
Based in Silicon Valley, Intuitive Surgical is a trailblazer in the field of robotic surgery, inventing and building groundbreaking surgical systems such as Da Vinci that make feasible procedures that would be otherwise impossible.
With the company innovating at a rapid pace, the business had created thousands of products, devices and accessories, some of which had branded names, others descriptive and some that used legacy names from acquisitions. Intuitive’s portfolio had become an unwieldy system that was proving to be extremely difficult to maintain, organize or communicate.
In 2016, we began working with Intuitive to initially create names for a new robotic-assisted platform for minimally invasive biopsy in the lung. The new system would use an ultra-thin, ultra-maneuverable catheter enabling navigation far into the peripheral lung, and unprecedented stability enables the precision needed for biopsy. Intuitive sought to create a new distinctive sub-brand independent from its Da Vinci robotic devices.
Following this engagement WANT was put on retainer as the company’s naming agency of record.
WANT created the name ‘ION’ for its endoluminal system. Over a 12 month period, we went to work on Intuitive’s entire portfolio of products. We created a new brand architecture for the renown Da Vinci system (the Da Vinci Xi, X and SP), we also named several new products, including ‘SmartFire’, the technology used in the world’s first fully wristed, 60mm surgical stapler.
The culmination of our engagement was to simplify and optimize Intuitive’s product portfolio. We’ve also created an intricate naming decision-making tool, to help guide future naming decisions and to prevent another situation where product names and classifications become more of a hindrance than a help.
From 2016 to 2019 Intuitive’s revenue went from $2.7B to $4.4B.