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Inovus Medical has teamed up with the Virtual Engineering Centre (VEC) and LCR 4.0 to launch a new virtual reality (VR) tool to create simulations to assist with surgical training.

The new product will allow young medical students to train their skills in a VR operating theatre through the use of real-time high-resolution video streams, and receive physical feedback through the use of the Inovus laparoscopic simulator.

The company, located in St Helens, has worked with more than 60 per cent of all NHS trusts across the country, as well as in conjunction with some of the world’s major medical device creators to design and develop customised training equipment.

Chief executive of Inovus Medical, Dr Elliot Street, said: “The work we have done with the VEC through the LCR 4.0 programme has been pivotal in developing a new tool that has the potential to transform how medical professionals train and ultimately the quality of care patients receive.

“This project has opened countless doors for us with key investors and stakeholders, leading to a £500,000 investment from the Northern Powerhouse fund. We will also welcome ten new members of staff as a result.”

The technical director at the VEC and lead for LCR 4.0, Dr Andy Levers, added: “The work that Inovus is doing is so important and is an excellent example of how advanced Industry 4.0 technologies can transform the healthcare sector.”

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