FundamentalVR inks new collab for virtual ophthalmic training

FundamentalVR announced today that it teamed up with the American Academy of Opthalmology on virtual reality (VR) medical training.

The two combined for the Knights Templar Eye Foundation (KTEF) Pediatric Ophthalmology VR Simulation Program. They call it a significant step toward revolutionizing pediatric ophthalmic training, according to a news release.

Together, FundamentalVR and the Academy aim to harness the power of VR through a free and open simulation program. The program targets ophthalmologists and ophthalmology trainees worldwide. FundamentalVR and the Academy have already worked together over the past year to develop the educational platform.

The companies expect their initiative to offer a range of specialized training programs focused on pediatric eye diseases and conditions. Phase one centers around building a simulator for retinopathy of prematurity (ROP). Residents, trainees and practicing ophthalmologists will learn how to examine patien…

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They said it at DeviceTalks Boston 2023

Medical device industry leaders from Boston Scientific, Abbott, ZimVie, Medtronic, Stryker and more met at DeviceTalks Boston to share lessons learned and their perspectives on industry trends, device design and medtech innovation.

BD Chair, CEO and President Tom Polen (right) at DeviceTalks Boston with DeviceTalks Editorial Director Tom Salemi [Photo by Jeff Pinette for Medical Design & Outsourcing]

Bidding farewell to DeviceTalks Boston 2023, we look back at an exceptional two-day medical device conference teeming with insights from over 100 top industry leaders.

These experts unfolded many complexities of the medtech industry in more than 35 sessions, walking attendees from the medical device product development continuum through the latest medical innovations and strategies to tackle regulatory challenges, prototyping, manufacturing, product launches and more.

Between the high-profile keynote int…

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Surgical robotics trends and how to accelerate adoption

Moon Surgical Chief Strategy Officer Jeffery Alvarez. [Photo courtesy of Moon Surgical]

Some of the biggest names in the development of surgical robotics systems and virtual reality training technology discussed robotic surgery trends at DeviceTalks Boston.

Moon Surgical Chief Strategy Officer Jeffery Alvarez, Stryker Digital, Robotics, and Enabling Technologies President Robert Cohen, Osso VR CEO Justin Barad and FundamentalVR CEO and co-founder Richard Vincent see rapid changes ahead for surgical robotics and opportunities to win over surgeons, health systems and patients.

We’ve curated excerpts from the conversation, lightly edited for clarity and space.

Trends in surgical robotics

Alvarez: “There’s a transition from building robots that are hyper-specialized in one thing and do one thing really well, to platforms that are looking at how to solve bigger parts of the problem: H…

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Teleflex partners on VR training for its UroLift 2 system

Teleflex (NYSE:TFX) announced today that it entered into a new agreement with FundamentalVR over integration for medical simulation.

Wayne, Pennsylvania-based Teleflex’s agreement with FunamentalVR, a leader in virtual reality (VR) integration for medical simulation, will provide Teleflex with a VR training platform to accelerate the effective use of its UroLift 2 system.

UroLift 2, a minimally invasive treatment for lower urinary tract symptoms due to benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH, commonly known as enlarged prostate), is indicated for the treatment of symptoms of an enlarged prostate up to 100 cc in men 45 years or older (50 years outside the U.S.).

UroLift permanent implants can be delivered during an outpatient procedure and relieve prostate obstruction without heating, cutting, destruction of, or removing prostate tissue.

According to a news release, the VR platform integrates tactile feedback and a digital representation of UroLift…

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