Osso VR has been awarded the US Air Force Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) contract. The first phase of the project includes a feasibility study to determine VR surgical training’s benefits and application within the Air Force.
The highly competitive SBIR program encourages domestic small businesses to engage in federal research and development that has the potential for commercialization. It also enables small businesses to explore their technological potential and provides the incentive to profit from its commercialization.
Osso VR’s scientifically validated training platform is designed for surgeons, sales teams and other trainees to address complexities in learning common procedures and to use new medical devices by providing realistic, haptic-enhanced interactions in an immersive training environment. In addition, Osso VR’s technology offers objective assessment of technical skill, which has been shown to directly correlate with patient outcomes.
Osso VR recently announced the results of its first clinical validation study showing a 230 percent improvement in participants’ ability to perform a procedure when using VR technology to train beforehand. The study, titled “Randomized, Controlled Trial of a Virtual Reality Tool to Teach Surgical Technique for Tibial Shaft Fracture Intramedullary Nailing,” was conducted by the David Geffen School of Medicine at the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA).
“We’re confident that our technology can help better prepare medical staff serving at home and abroad in high-stakes military environments. We’re honored to conduct this feasibility study with the U.S. Air Force,” said Justin Barad, MD, CEO and co-founder of Osso VR. “This first step with the Air Force furthers our mission of democratizing access to surgical education around the world.”
Osso VR was also recently awarded a $215,545 grant from the National Institute of Biomedical Imaging and Bioengineering and in early 2019 received a $222,596 grant from the National Science Foundation for research and development to advance the company’s surgical assessment platform marrying motion capture and artificial intelligence.