Osso VR Completes $27 million Fund Raising to Gamify Surgical Operations
During the pandemic, more and more professional across various industries found themselves the urgent need to access professional knowledge remotely, this is why VR startups with a focus in training such as Virti have found themselves in a growing flow of funds to support their development.
According to Techcrunch, San Francisco-based Osso VR focuses on medical training, announced completion of a recent investment round of $27 million USD.
The company partner with medical device makers such as Stryker and Smith, Johnson and Johnson during the pandemic, and attracted investment from GSR Ventures with participation from Kaiser Permanante Ventures, SignalFire, and Anorak Ventures.
Osso was founded in 2016 by Harvard and UCLA trained orthopedic surgeon, Justin Barad, MD. Barad says that the pandemic created an intense level of urgency for startups as new demand is required for their platform.
The company's surgical training technology provides educational experiences to doctors. The company is looking forward to upgrade the modern surgical operation with VR solutions that enable surgeons to use medical devices in virtual space. This training is especially useful to train muscle memories as surgeons get to practice over and over in the comfort of being anywhere at anytime, helping surgeon gain familiarities with newer medical devices.
The gamified multiplayer function helps surgeons and medical assistants to work together in real-time remotely, so everyone is familiarized with their roles during an actual operation.
Barad compares a surgical operation to a symphony, where everyone in the operation room have their responsibilities and roles. The company has now scales to around 100 employees, and has helped scale the Osso platform content to over 100 modules targeting 10 specialty areas.