Brainlab levels up surgical software with acquisition of video game for physicians


Level Ex makes video games to assist interventional cardiologists and different specialists brush up on their expertise. Photo credit score: Level Ex

With Akili’s latest FDA clearance, healthcare video video games have been making headlines. A Munich-based medical know-how firm lately acquired a unique variety of game — one designed to assist physicians brush up on their decision-making expertise.

Brainlab acquired Level Ex on the finish of May for an undisclosed quantity. The startup will grow to be a subsidiary of Brainlab, with its 105 staff persevering with to work out of its workplaces in downtown Chicago. It will maintain its identify and administration crew.

Level Ex was based in 2015 by Sam Glassenberg, a video game developer who was tasked by his father, an anesthesiologist, to create a game that may assist prepare his colleagues on how one can do a tough process.  To date, it has raised $17.2 million in funding, in line with Crunchbase. It has launched 4 product strains for gastroenterologists, pulmonologists, interventional cardiologists, and anesthesiologists and airway specialists.

More lately, Level Ex launched a number of Covid-19 affected person situations. The firm says greater than 600,000 medical professionals use its merchandise.

“We began working with Level Ex in 2019 for several reasons,” Brainlab CEO Stefan Vilsmeier stated in a information launch. “They are the best at disseminating best practices through video games, and they are unrivaled in their level of ergonomic user interaction, gaming-industry-quality 3D graphics, precise physics models and game mechanics psychology.”

Munich-based Brainlab makes software to assist surgeons plan and navigate procedures. The firm plans to combine Level Ex’s video games with its 3D Viewer software, an augmented actuality device used to evaluation affected person photos previous to a surgical procedure and for medical schooling. It will even be used as a digital gross sales device for Brainlab’s ExacTrac X-Ray affected person place and monitoring system.

With the acquisition, Level Ex will broaden its crew. It plans to launch video games for dermatology, orthopedics and oncology within the subsequent 12 months.