Edward Miller & Yeshwanth Pulijala Open Simulation

Co-founders Ed and Yesh
“We believe simulation should be available to anybody that needs it, regardless of physical location or financial background.”

How are you Upgrading Learning?

There are 5 billion people without access to safe and affordable surgical care & we need an additional 2.2 million surgeons and surgical staff to address this need. Open Simulation is creating a suite of low cost simulation tools for surgeons to learn and safely practice surgical skills. We believe simulation should be available to anybody that needs it, regardless of physical location or financial background. Our goal at Open Simualtion is to help bring surgical skill and expertise to those who need it most by reducing the barrier for surgeons and trainees worldwide.

Why are you the team to do it?

Having trained as a dentist in India, Yesh experienced firsthand the inadequacies of medical training. Looking over somebody else’s shoulder in a crowded operating theatre is hardly an efficient way to learn. After seeing the opportunity new technologies such as virtual reality and simulation tools offer medical training, Yesh moved from dentistry into academia, and is now finishing his PhD in Medical Visualisation.

Together with Edward, both of us have been working to discover the best ways in which these new technologies can be utilised in the medical industry.

What stage are you at?

We are currently working on building the first prototype, a minimally invasive or ‘keyhole’ surgery simulator. We are also in discussion with SAGES, the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons, who administer the ‘Fundamentals of Laparoscopic Surgery’ accreditation.

We hope that at some point in the future our product may be used to help administer accreditation to areas in the world where a brick and mortar FLS testing centre is not accessible.

We are also currently accepting pre-orders to our website, and will be launching our crowdfunding campaign within the next month to establish demand and increase our brand awareness.

What do you hope to accomplish as a part of the accelerator?

Our aim is to come out of the accelerator with a working prototype and a user base that can help us craft and define the future of surgical training.

And very briefly — first impressions of the accelerator so far?

Working in Emerge has given us the opportunity to network with industry veterans, investors and startups alike. It’s a great culture & we’re happy to be working alongside such talented teams.

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