Mobile Navigation

VirtaMed News

back to news overview back to news overview

Leading MedTech Awards recognize Simulation Training

September 21, 2020

VirtaMed is pleased that the next generation of laparoscopic simulation, the VirtaMed’s LaparoS™, was recognized as a leading medical technology innovation in Switzerland by the jury of the Swiss MedTech Award 2020.

Medical Education makes its greatest impact when expertise is combined from medical device companies, medical societies, subject matter experts, and specialist engineers. This was the message from Zurich-based VirtaMed, who have successfully collaborated with many partners to make a leap forward in laparoscopic simulation.

The innovative approach to integrating medical devices into surgical simulators, combined with a motivating training concept, were hailed as key success factors for the future of medical education. Attendees of the Swiss MedTech Day agreed that simulation should play a mandatory role in specialty training and competency-based assessment.

"Reaching the finals of the Swiss Medtech Award 2020 is a huge achievement that demonstrates the value of medical education and surgical simulation as part of our medtech ecosystem," said Dr. Heiko Visarius, Moderator of the Swiss Medtech Day 2020. "VirtaMed's simulators are a strong symbol of Swiss innovation that makes an impact on the global stage."

2020 has been a challenging year for surgical training, with severely restricted opportunities for surgeons of all experience levels to gain and improve their surgical skills. VirtaMed’s proactive response to this was to deliver simulation training outside Switzerland’s hospitals in a dedicated mobile simulation tab, a gesture that has been appreciated across the medical community.

Dr. Stefan Tuchschmid, Co-CEO and Co-Founder of VirtaMed said, "We have successfully partnered with many medtech companies to co-create new surgical training simulators for over a decade. In this special year it’s fantastic to see how we have Invented new ways of working together to provide state of the art medical education for healthcare practitioners."

The VirtaMed LaparoS™ continues to develop its meaningful role in medical education programs, with more exercises added to its General Surgery training module, and exercises for Gynecological Laparoscopy being developed.

Swiss MedTech’s product innovation video about the LaparoS™ can be seen here.

About VirtaMed 

VirtaMed is the world leader in medical training using mixed reality simulators for minimally invasive diagnostic and therapeutic interventions in general surgery, ob/gyn, orthopedics, and urology. Combining virtual reality graphics with original instruments and anatomic models for realistic tactile feedback, VirtaMed partners with medical societies and medical device companies.


Phil Norris 
+41 44 542 91 11 

About Swiss MedTech

Swiss Medtech represents more than 600 members in its role as industry association for Swiss medical technology. With 58,500 employees and a contribution of 13.5% to the positive trade balance, medical technology is an economically significant sector in Switzerland. Swiss Medtech advocates for conditions that enable the medtech industry to perform at peak capacity and provide first-class medical care.



Anita Holler
Head of Communications
+41 31 330 97 72
+41 76 527 35 54

Interested to discover more about surgical simulation?