What We Do

Arbutus Medical is a surgical equipment company developing innovative devices for use around the world.

We are passionate about making a difference in the global surgery landscape. We believe that accessible technology is a major challenge preventing hospitals from providing timely, safe  surgical   treatment to patients. To solve this problem, we have combined expert medical engineering with a uniquesocial enterprise   model in order to design and commercialize a portfolio of medical devices that   empower   surgeons to treat more patients, with better outcomes, at a radically reduced cost.

Our Vision

A world with health care coverage as good as cell phone service

There is nearly one cellphone for every single human on this planet. That is close to 7.4 billion cellphones. Yet, there are   still 5 billion people without access to safe surgery.

That is why at Arbutus Medical we are focused on developing safe, affordable, and reliable surgical equipment for use in low-resource settings. By providing surgeons with the tools they need, we can help provide the best possible care for patients who need it most. Join us in providing safe surgery for all.

Our Story So Far

Arbutus Medical was born out of collaboration between Biomedical Engineers at the University of British Columbia and surgeons from Canada and Uganda. The graduate program, Engineers in Scrubs, helped to pair a group of graduate students, now the founders of Arbutus Medical, with the task of aiding surgery in Uganda. 


With the support of Grand Challenges Canada and other partners, Arbutus Medical has grown rapidly   since its founding in 2014. To date, our flagship product, the Arbutus Drill Cover, has been used in over 30,000 surgeries across 15+ countries.