surgery

By Jonah Comstock May 13, 2019
Durham, North Carolina-based RelayOne has raised $500,000 in seed funding from Cofounders Capital, a tech-focused venture fund located in Cary, North Carolina. WHAT THEY DO Founded by two frustrated medical device sales reps, RelayOne is focused on solving communication issues in the operating room. The crux of the problem is that surgeries can often take a longer or shorter time than expected,...
By Dave Muoio April 22, 2019
Chicago-based ExplORer Surgical, developer of a software platform for surgical teams and device makers, has raised $5 million in a follow-on round to its 2017 Series A. Aphelion Capital led the investment, with additional participation from prior backers as well as new, unnamed investors. WHAT THEY DO ExplORer Surgical’s provider-facing platform looks to help surgical teams better coordinate...
By Jonah Comstock April 3, 2019
Giblib, a medical education streaming service with offerings including both VR and traditional videos of medical lectures and surgeries, has raised $2.5 million in seed funding, with participation from some notable strategic investors. Those include Mayo Clinic, the Venture Reality Fund, Wavemaker 360, USC Marshall Venture Fund and Michelson 20MM. “With our partners’ support, Giblib is uniquely...

(L to R) Dr. Nick Patel, an audience volunteer, and Dr. Robert Louis demonstrate the system (Photo by Jonah Comstock).

By Jonah Comstock February 15, 2019
Dr. Robert Louis, director of the skull base and pituitary tumor program at the Hoag Neurosciences Institute, didn’t set out to use virtual reality as a tool for patient engagement.  Originally, Louis explained during a session at HIMSS19, his department was using the technology — which turns two-dimensional radiology images into a three-dimensional virtual reality flythrough — for surgical...
By Dave Muoio January 30, 2019
Giblib — the maker of a variety of streaming medical education videos that can be viewed the web, on mobile and in virtual reality — has launched a new app on the Oculus Store that features 360-degree VR videos of pre-recorded and live operating room procedures, the company announced yesterday. The app and its videos are available to any consumers with a subscription to Giblib’s service and an...
By Jonah Comstock December 3, 2018
Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles and LA-based Giblib have teamed up to offer what the organizations say is the first accredited continuing medical education (CME) course delivered entirely via virtual reality. The course, called Essential GI Surgeries will be available through Giblib's website. It will include 25 hours of real surgeries recorded in 360 VR (as well as in a traditional...
By Jeff Lagasse August 24, 2017
DePuy Synthes has entered into an exclusive agreement with JointPoint Inc. to co-market a proprietary software platform that aims to help surgeons perform hip replacement surgeries.   JointPoint's software provides non-invasive computer navigation, presurgical digital templating, case planning and feedback during such surgeries, and it easily integrates with the Anterior Approach. The Anterior...
By Jonah Comstock June 14, 2017
Osso VR, a startup looking to disrupt the surgical device training space with virtual reality, has raised $2 million in seed funding in a round led by Signalfire, with participation from Anorak Ventures.  The company provides software that creates a virtual operating room on VR platforms like Oculus Rift/Touch or the HTC Vive. Practicing surgeries in virtual reality allows surgeons to get in more...
By Jonah Comstock April 25, 2017
Seattle-based healthcare quality transparency company Mpirica has raised $4.6 million in a round led by equity crowdfunding platform OurCrowd. An undisclosed Seattle-based private equity fund also contributed to the round. The company plans to use the funsing to support a national rollout to Medicare Advantage customers. With its team of data scientists and physicians, Mpirica uses claims data to...
By Jonah Comstock November 17, 2015
Visible Patient, a French company that makes 3D models of human organs to assist surgeons, has received FDA 510(k) clearance for its VP Planning Software Suite. The software suite has had a CE Mark for six months and has been commercially available in Europe for a year. Via the software, surgeons send radiological data like CT and MRI scans to Visible Patient. In-house designers create 3D models...