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Used in more than 11 countries and 20 leading hospitals, Osso VR have created a clinically validated surgical training platform designed for medical device companies, practicing surgeons, residents and medical students of all skill levels.

Surgeons today can be overwhelmed with the complexity of modern procedures and the accelerating speed at which they are introduced. Using immersive VR technology, the scalable platform offers a realistic, hands-on training environment that leads to real-world performance gains and ultimately improves patient outcomes.

Medical device companies and surgeons can rapidly run simulations countless times and can practice low frequency and high urgency complications; this streamlines surgical training, reduces the time of training and maintains quality through objective assessment. Most importantly, it gives patients safer access to modern and more effective procedures.

The technology introduces an objective way to repeatedly practice and objectively measure performance, even allowing for peer-to-peer comparison. Osso VR is the first training platform to incorporate assessment into its modules, objectively measuring the trainee’s knowledge of steps, level of precision and overall efficiency throughout the procedure, providing a benchmark for proficiency.

Osso VR currently trains more than 1,000 surgeons per month and at Newcastle Surgical Training Centre, they deliver around 300 surgical courses each year. Director of Robotic Surgery at Newcastle Hospital, Naeem Soomro, said: “I believe that VR along with realistic simulation will become a significant component of surgical training in the future and we are very pleased to partner with Osso VR.”

IET President, Peter Bonfield, added: “This is the fifteenth year of our Innovation Awards which recognise and celebrate the achievements of the most outstanding innovations across engineering and technology. This year’s finalists come from a diverse range of companies and academic institutions, who all demonstrate the innovation and imagination of engineers worldwide as they tackle major economic and social challenges.

“With the IET’s mission to inspire excellence in engineering and technology, we are so proud to show our support for these exceptional innovators, putting their innovations in the spotlight and helping them to advance their fundamental work.”

Heriot-Watt University and SP Energy Networks won the top prize, the IET and E&T Innovation of the Year, for their Network Constraints Early Warning System (NCEWS) that develops algorithms to extract information about missing cable assets and voltage excursions.

A full list of the 2019 IET Innovation Award winners includes:

  • IET and E&T Innovation of the Year: Heriot-Watt University and SP Energy Networks for their Network Constraints Early Warning System (NCEWS) which develops algorithms to extract information about missing cable assets and voltage excursions.
  • Armed Forces: The Royal Navy for HECLA; the collection of Hydrographic Data using Autonomous Underwater Gliders to support Live Anti-Submarine Warfare Operations.
  • Communications: Joint Forces Command Medical Innovation Hub (JHubMed) for their telemedicine on the battlefield; a networking monitoring device that enables clinical support to be transferred to the frontline on operations.
  • Cyber Security: Senseon for their cyber threat detection and response, stopping attacks in real-time.
  • Emerging Technology Design: Boston University for their magnetic metamaterials to significantly improve the performance of MRI.
  • Healthcare Technologies: University of Nottingham for Monica Healthcare – the world’s first wearable labour and delivery foetal monitor, making life-saving early interventions possible around the globe.
  • Information Technology: Heriot-Watt University and SP Energy Networks for their Network Constraints Early Warning System (NCEWS) which develops algorithms to extract information about missing cable assets and voltage excursions.
  • Intelligent Systems: Ocado Engineering for their Intelligent Bot Swarm ‘The Hive’ that reduces average order picking time from 90+ minutes to 5 minutes.
  • Manufacturing Technology: University of Liverpool for their in-situ monitoring of the Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing process to address the lack of quality control in metal 3D printing.
  • Model-Based Engineering: University of Southampton for their Multiphysics Simulations for Robust Computational Modelling of Stochastic Nanostructures.
  • Power and Energy: UK Power Networks and Smart Wires for Load Share; leveraging advanced and innovative power flow control to increase the flexibility of Distribution Networks and enable the connection of Distributed Energy Resources cheaper and faster to customers.
  • Safety Technology: HiLo Maritime Risk Management for their life-saving maritime knowledge sharing platform and statistical risk model.
  • Start-up: Orbex for creating the Prime rocket; an orbital launch vehicle to deliver small satellites into Earth’s orbit.
  • Sustainability & Environmental Impact: Upcycle Africa for constructing affordable homes out of plastic waste while empowering communities to protect the environment.
  • Technology Transfer: GroundProbe for their Geotech Monitoring LiDAR (GML) technology for Tunnel Construction.Transport: Heriot-Watt University and Research Centre for Carbon Solutions for creating low carbon jet fuel through integration of novel technologies from co-valorisation of CO2 and biomass.
  • Young Innovators: University of Liverpool for their in-situ monitoring of the Electron Beam Additive Manufacturing process to address the lack of quality control in metal 3D printing.

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