The laser technology program began in 1981 and has been used for surgical care since then.
The laser sends quick pulses of ultraviolet light to cut a clean pattern.
This ability to cut into materials via vaporization, rather than burning, appealed to doctors and patients as it left surrounding areas undamaged.
According to the company release, the “National Medal of Technology and Innovation is the country’s most prestigious award given to leading innovators for technological achievement.”
The award is IBM’s 10th National Medal of Technology and Innovation.
President Obama will present the award to the team of scientists at a later date.