BenĀ has been designing surgical staplers for over 20 years. He was involved in the first linear endocutter stapler developed at Ethicon Endo-Surgery in the early 1990s. He left EES in 2008 to help with the development of a vascular stapler at Cardica. Most recently, he was involved in the design, development, and manufacturing of the endocutter stapler platform for Intuitive Surgical. Ben has over 50 patents in medical devices, with 15 of these directly related to stapler technology.