Welcome to VirtaMed
VirtaMed's vision is to improve the quality of medical care with state-of-the-art, virtual reality-based medical training, and data-driven education.
Our mission is to alter the way medical skills are taught. VirtaMed believes that all patients should experience surgical excellence. Since 2007, we empower surgeons to reach proficiency by integrating state-of-the-art, virtual reality-based, data-driven education into medical training. Combining virtual reality graphics with original instruments and anatomic models for realistic tactile feedback, VirtaMed simulators provide structured courses and performance-based proficiency assessments. We also partner with medical societies and internationally renowned experts to develop standardized curricula and training courses for professional development.
From PhD thesis to company
The origins of VirtaMed date back to 2001 when a hysteroscopy simulator project in the frame of the NCCR CO-ME of the Swiss National Science Foundation involving 16 PhD students was started. At the end of the project in 2007, six colleagues decided to start a company and were joined by Denis Steinemann from the start. Stefan took the lead and together with Denis and Daniel decided to launch the venture VirtaMed.
Medical Advisory Board established
Our board members have a depth of business, technology and medical experience.
Official product launch of the VirtaMed HystSim™
The VirtaMed HystSim™ is the first simulator in the product line of the company. OB/GYN surgeons now have access to an advanced and comprehensive training system available for diagnostic and therapeutic hysteroscopy. It is presented with original instruments.
Arthroscopy simulator project kick-off
The project to build VirtaMed ArthroS™ starts with the help of the Swiss Federal innovation promotion agency CTI. VirtaMed AG partners with the University Clinic Balgrist, ETH Zurich, and ZHAW Winterthur.
Official product launch of the VirtaMed TURPSim™
VirtaMed enters Urology simulation. A new hands-on training system for transurethral resection of the prostate (TURP).
VirtaMed ships first Medtech simulators
Rome wasn't built in a day. Nor was VirtaMed. In 2011 we shipped our first simulators for Medtech clients like Richard Wolf, Smith & Nephew, and Hologic Inc.
VirtaMed ArthroS™ Knee launched
VirtaMed enters the arthroscopy world with the knee module for arthroscopy training. The VirtaMed ArthroS™ offers different training scenarios such as a diagnostic tour inside the knee, meniscus repair, arthrosis treatment or loose body removal.
The first simulator for uterine sounding and IUD insertion is presented for the first time at the IMSH conference in Orlando, Florida, USA.
VirtaMed ArthroS™ Shoulder launched
Introducing modularity in the VirtaMed platform. The knee and shoulder modules can easily be swopped on the caddy.
Official product launch of the VirtaMed ArthroS™ FAST module
The fusion of the Sawbones FAST dome with our virtual reality simulator and the use of original instruments offers exciting new training opportunities: surgeons can now practice the basic skills needed before they actually go on and perform complex knee or shoulder arthroscopies.
VirtaMed introduces PelvicSim™ Mini
VirtaMed introduces PelvicSim™ Mini, a luggage-sized simulator for frequent travelers.
Simulator for embryo transfer
VirtaMed and the American Society for Reproductive Medicine ASRM developed a simulator for embryo transfer.
ACL reconstruction simulation
VirtaMed publishes the first and best comprehensive training tool for ACL reconstruction. The new module is part of the ArthroS™ Knee simulator.
Launching the VirtaMed ArthroS™ Hip
The new anatomical hip module features fluoroscopy guided access training and arthroscopic procedures.
Launching the VirtaMed ArthroS™ Ankle
VirtaMed launches the ArthroS™ Ankle, the world’s first high-fidelity simulator for ankle arthroscopy.
AANA collaborates with VirtaMed on arthroscopy education
The Arthroscopy Association of North America (AANA) and VirtaMed sign a two-year collaboration agreement making VirtaMed the preferred and exclusive partner for virtual reality simulation training.
VirtaMed gains ISO 9001:2015 certification
VirtaMed AG received certification that the company successfully applies a Quality Management System according to ISO 9001:2015.
GynoS™ Obstetric Ultrasound modules launched
The standardized 20+2 approach for obstetric ultrasound examination is included in the new Obstetric Ultrasound simulator from VirtaMed. VirtaMed’s GynoS™ simulator extends its training modules to include transabdominal and transvaginal obstetric ultrasound.
LaparoS™ simulator launched
The VirtaMed LaparoS™ launches in April 2020 at the start of the COVID pandemic.
VirtaMed's LaparoS™ finalist at the Swiss Medtech Awards
VirtaMed's LaparoS™ was nominated among the finalists of the Swiss Medtech Awards for opening the door to a new era of surgical simulation.
Life during COVID-19
During 2020, VirtaMed initiated a simulation truck tour and visited more than 40 hospitals with our mobile simulation lab in Switzerland, Germany, France, and Luxembourg.
LaparoS™ Gynecological Laparoscopy module launched
The Gynecological Laparoscopy module complemented the laparoscopy simulator with key surgical steps for gynecological laparscopy training. In combination with the hysteroscopy simulator, VirtaMed now offers the most comprehensive surgical gynecology training in the market.
ArthroS shoulder rotator Cuff Repair module launched
VirtaMed enters the world of robotic surgery simulation with the kick-off of our first first robotic customer project
ArthroS™ Knee hardware 2.0 and ACL Reconstruction module launched
ArthroS™ Knee Meniscal Repair module launched
Fourth robotic surgery project goes into development.
Rocking robotics surgery like a pro. VirtaMed fourth robotic surgery customer project goes into development.
New Colorectal module added to LaparoS™
LaparoS™ Colorectal Surgery with 8 cases, including diagnostic laparoscopy and condensed skills training derived from realistic Right Colectomy scenarios
Board of Directors
Philipp von Loeper
Philipp von Loeper is the Chairman of the VirtaMed Board of Directors, and he is the Managing Director of family-owned holding company ACEG Beteiligungsgesellschaft mbH. Born close to Cologne, Germany, von Loeper has an economics diploma from the Swiss University of Fribourg and extensive experience in managing companies across industries in Germany and Italy. He has been Member of the Supervisory Board at Eppendorf AG since 2011, and he became the Chairman of the Eppendorf board in 2016.
Philipp Schack is an operative partner at Armira, as well as the president of the advisory boards at PolyCine GmbH and business group Graf von Oeynhausen-Sierstorpff. Schack has studied business in Germany, France, and Canada, and he started his professional career in Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan. Schack moved from finance to industry in the late 1990's as he took the helm in Karl Höll GmbH and later in TITAL GmbH.
Dr. Raimundo Sierra
CEO and Co-Founder
Raimundo quickly discovered his passion for software, algorithms, computer vision and its application to non-engineering fields while studying at ETH Zurich. He received both his Masters and his doctoral degree in electrical engineering from the university, and his PhD thesis on variable models for surgical training simulation was an integral part of VirtaMed's birth.
As a postdoctoral researcher in Boston he worked on surgical simulation and contributed to starting VirtaMed. In 2007 he joined McKinsey and built up his management skills as a consultant for 5 years, followed by 2 years of building and leading a Corporate Digitization unit in the agrochemical sector. In 2014 Raimundo and Stefan decided to join forces and co-lead the growth of VirtaMed.
Based on and in parallel to his Ph.D. thesis "High-fidelity surgical simulator for hysteroscopy" at ETH Zurich, Stefan Tuchschmid launched VirtaMed to create the most realistic simulators possible. From 2007 until 2023, he built and shaped VirtaMed together with Co-CEO Raimundo Sierra to become a global leader in surgical training with over 130 employees globally.
Stefan is the winner of the MICCAI Young Scientist Award 2007 and the Swiss Economic Award 2013 in Hightech/Biotech as well as serial winner of most business plan competitions in Switzerland. As any other true entrepreneur, Stefan is passionate about bringing ideas to life and products to market. Stefan lives in Winterthur, Switzerland, is married, and fully relies on the smiles of his three small children to bring things into perspective.
Andy is a seasoned orthopedic surgeon boasting an impressive 25 years of expertise in various global executive and board positions within the realms of medical devices and regenerative medicine. His academic prowess includes a Masters in Human Medicine from the University of Zurich, complemented by an MBA degree from the Simon School of Business at the University of Rochester. Additionally, Andy has honed his strategic acumen through participation in the board program at Harvard Business School.
Notably, Andy has a rich professional history, having served as the Chief Medical Officer of Smith+Nephew and as a distinguished Board Member of S+N Switzerland, among other prominent board roles. His leadership extends to the helm of AO Education, with a particular focus on spearheading AOSpine initiatives.
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Phone: +41 44 500 96 90
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