“Never the first time on the patient.” This is the objective of the educational medical simulation: to offer medical students learning systems (virtual or synthetic) to practice clinical gestures or reasoning, through experimentation and without risk for the patient.
Our company, based in Strasbourg, is now 8 years old and has more than 20 employees. We come from Inria and have been incubated for several years within the IHU of Strasbourg. Since our creation, this has provided us with privileged links both with the academic world, to keep us at the state of the art in terms of interactive biomechanical simulation, and with the medical sector, which has supported us in the development of our solutions from the initial identification of needs to the validation of each phase of the production cycle.
Our activities are divided into two main areas: training in medical and surgical gestures on simulated anatomies and learning surgical planning on specific virtual patient clones.
In terms of training, we are specialists in microsurgery with force feedback, with a key area of expertise related to cataract surgery. As part of an international industrial consortium, we are developing, on prescription, a very high fidelity simulator for an American foundation (HelpMeSee) to train thousands of surgeons in developing countries. The goal is to eradicate cataract-related blindness, which affects 20 million people, i.e. half of the world’s blind, by training 30,000 surgeons.
InSimo & robotic surgery
Based on the results of a recent European project, InSimo proposes a generic simulation offer for learning robotic surgery developed in partnership with the Swedish company Surgical Science.
We propose to the robotic surgery industry an high-fidelity software offer to quickly develop the simulators required to learn their robots. Our R&D program has addressed the complex functionalities that are still too often inaccurate on the simulators that are currently on the market, our strengths/added value/ expertises: tissue prehension, dissections but especially suturing.
We have developed an ultra-realistic simulation of the surgical thread allowing many properties until now non available on this specific market with such high fidelity.
Some of these properties: inextensible threads, free,progressive and adjustable knot tightening without pre-calculated animation.
This immersive & realistic simulation is enhanced by the whole manipulation within the simulator offering a fluid dynamic, no damping of the movements for a precise and faithful control.
Our solutions are intentionally generic and are therefore compatible and can be integrated on any surgical robot, enabling us to complete the range of training in surgical robotics for the industry.
In parallel to this offer for the main players of this market, we will propose in a few months a generic “stand-alone” simulator for universities and simulation centers.