Touch Surgery, a London startup developing holographic surgery headsets, has raised $20m (£15m).
It brings the total funding raised by Touch Surgery to $30m following backing from London venture fund Balderton Capital in a previous round. The startup plans to use the funds to bolster its workforce and to launch an “augmented reality” tool that trains medics on the finer points of surgery.
The new tool, Go Surgery, would be designed to give trainees a hands-on view of surgery with step by step guides holographically projected onto the screen. Wearing a Microsoft Hololens headset, trainees would see a live video feed of a professional surgeon, overlaid with virtual guides to how the surgery is performed.
Go Surgery is set to launch in 2018 following testing at hospitals in the UK and US.
Touch Surgery was founded in 2013 by two former surgeons. Its current app provides video tutorials on hundreds of surgical procedures
Its workforce features a mix of medical professionals, programmers and graphic designers from the likes of Pixar.
Surgical diseases cause more death worldwide than HIV/AIDS, TB and Malaria combined.
Touch Surgery is an award-winning interactive surgical simulation platform for healthcare professionals.
Augmented reality is of significant benefit to the medical sector, facilitating substantial reductions in the cost of training.