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VirtaMed LaparoS™ Announced as a Finalist for the Edison Award

February 11, 2022

LaparoS voted among most elite of 350 overall submissions. 

The Edison Awards globally recognizes, honors and fosters innovations and innovators whose solutions make a positive impact in the world.  As a 2022 Edison Award Finalist, VirtaMed is honored to be included among the elite group of finalists recognized for excellence in innovation.

The VirtaMed LaparoS excelled during the voting process, and reached finalist status in the very competitive Education category for Experiential Learning. Hosted by Miles O’Brien, journalist from PBS NewsHour, all the finalists will be honored at the 2022 Edison Awards held April 21st, at the Luminary Hotel in Ft. Myers, Florida. Edison Award attendees will experience game changing new products and services and learn from today's greatest innovators.

It’s amazing to see VirtaMed continuing Thomas Edison’s legacy of challenging conventional thinking and developing ‘game-changing’ new products and services” stated Frank Bonafilia, Edison Awards’ executive director.

Using a validated deconstructed-skills training approach, the LaparoS is designed to provide virtual reality  training for general surgeons and surgical gynecologists at all levels of ability. Traditional simulators, such as box trainers, are unrealistic and lack learning-essential components.  Recognizing the importance of a life-like experience, the development team behind the LaparoS opted to use a new high-performance development platform called Unity.  Originally developed for the video game industry, VirtaMed has leveraged this technology to render, in real time,  the inside of the abdomen using 3D digital twin technology and integrated haptic feedback to provide hyper-realistic surgical training.

VirtaMed has invested 20 years into surgical simulation research and development, and our simulators are used by surgeons across the world. The LaparoS applies these decades of expertise for the next generation of laparoscopic simulation training,” noted Raimundo Sierra, CEO of VirtaMed.

The LaparoS is also the only virtual reality laparoscopic simulator that requires trainees accurately position their patient prior to the procedure, choose their own trocar placement in the abdomen, and supports both individual and team training. 

The LaparoS has been adopted by hospitals across the United States,  including Broward Health in Florida, Guthrie Clinic in Pennsylvania and Mount Sinai Hospital in New York.

VirtaMed will next present the LaparoS at the CREOG & APGO Annual Meeting, March 9-12, in Orlando, FL and at the Society of American Gastrointestinal and Endoscopic Surgeons (SAGES) Meeting, March 16-19, in Denver, CO.  Live demonstrations will be held at our booth in the exhibition hall and can be reserved at
The Edison Awards is a program conducted by Edison Universe, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization.  If you are interested in learning more about the finalist a complete list is available at:

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