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OSSIMTECH CONTINUES TO GROW WITH
A $2.15 MILLION INPUT FROM THE GOVERNMENT OF QUEBEC
Montreal, December 15, 2017 – At a time where simulation has become the framework of reference for the training of health professionals, the Québec government, through their program, Créativité Québec, has made a point of investing $2.15 million in OSSimTech, a new MedTech link in the Montréal startup ecosystem. OSSimTech develops surgical simulators that combine virtual reality and haptic technology in order to solidify surgical training.
The funds will serve to reinforce the company’s clinical and technical content, and will essentially permit the expansion of the company which has already won over new partners and markets worldwide. Indeed, OSSimTech fulfills the needs of a growing market as 60% of the surgical applications derive from open orthopaedics.
In Québec, the company has partnered with Inno-Centre, the Montreal Centre for Enterprise and Innovation, Global Affairs Canada, the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada, the Polytechnique School of Montréal, the Maisonneuve-Rosemont Hospital, and the McGill University Health Centre. In collaboration with the School of Superior Technology (l’École de technologie supérieure), for instance, OSSimTech has integrated blood simulation into its simulator, a crucial element for surgeons in training. Among OSSimTech’s international collaborators, there are also several medical institutions, such as the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center (California), the AO Foundation (Switzerland), as well as the universities of North Carolina (US) and Bournemouth (UK).
“The government’s financial contribution is very meaningful for us,” remarks André Blain, President of OSSimTech. “It is wonderful to be recognized for our innovation, especially by the medical and surgical communities that have used and tested our Sim-Ortho simulator. We are also grateful for the technical and business coaching experts that are supporting us along the way. We are both proud and honored that this great project which directly addresses the challenges in open surgery training to secure the practice, is driven by an emergent Quebec-based company and to know that our state-of-the-art technology and expertise are recognized and implemented throughout the world. The Government of Quebec initiative permits our organization to maintain its extraordinary growth locally and on an international stage and has, most notably, helped OSSimTech expand the reach of its surgical simulators.”
“Innovation is essential to the growth of our economy and businesses, especially in the global market,” says Dominique Anglade, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of the Economy, Science, and Innovation, responsible for the Digital Strategy. “OSSimTech understands this goal, which is why we are so pleased to join them in realizing their innovative project – a business venture that will enhance Québec’s reputation for excellence in the life sciences sector with regard to innovation and the training of healthcare professionals. Thanks to projects like this one, we can attain targets established as part of the Québec Strategy for Life Sciences, which strive to situate the province in the top five North American hubs for this promising field, by the year 2027.”
“Our specificity and our added values lie in the possibilities offered by the haptic technology,” adds Sébastien Délorme, Director, Engineering and R&D at OSSimTech. “We are indeed capable of incorporating and monitoring the exactitude and accuracy of each gesture felt in virtual training, a first in the global market and we are proud of our unique technological breakthrough. The funds provided by the Government of Quebec will enable us to push further the capacity of our applied technologies.”
OSSimTech offers a new innovative immersive training platform. By mixing virtual reality with haptic technologies, we can facilitate both the acquisition and consolidation of direct knowledge and hands-on skills (namely, psychomotor capabilities combined with practical and decision-making skills) for the initial and continuing surgical training and education of orthopaedic surgeons. The alliance of clinical, pedagogical and technological competencies has made of OSSimTech a unique company whose mission is to improve the practice of open surgery, and to limit the risks that they pose. Find out more on our website: www.ossimtech.com
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