Intuitive Surgical leader calls for legal immigration for foreigners educated in U.S. (VIDEO)

Intuitive Surgical's da Vinci surgical robot allows doctors to perform intricate procedures with tiny tools they are unable to use by hand. (Photo: Georgia Wells)

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Sunnyvale-based medical robotics company Intuitive Surgical has garnered a lot of press in recent years for its da Vinci surgical robot. Intuitive’s Chairman of the Board of Directors and former CEO and President Lonnie Smith sat down with a Peninsula Press reporter to share his thoughts on innovation in Silicon Valley, and how his company and others in the United States can maintain their competitive edge.

“If I had one thing to do,” Smith said, “I would staple a green card to the diploma of every foreign-born national that gets a Ph.D. or master’s in science or engineering in the United States.”

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