Osgenic, a Helsinki, Finland-based startup that develops virtual tools for surgery training, raised $1 million seed round. The round was led by a syndicate of surgeons and gaming and digital health entrepreneurs from Finland, Germany and Austria with participation from icebreaker.vc and Nordic XR Startups.
“I could not imagine a better investor fit for our Company. I’ve often heard people say that investors should bring more than just money, but it seldom happens. In our case they certainly create a huge value add on so many levels. I want to thank our team that has done an amazing job. They deserve all the credit for this round, which enables us to continue on our mission for safer surgery”, says MD Arne Schlenzka, Osgenic CEO and Co-Founder.
Osgenic is creating a new virtual environment where surgeons can prepare for procedures safely. The company was founded in 2017 to address challenges of surgical training that were recognized by one of the founders in his daily job, and it has grown to a multidisciplinary team of 15 people. The investment will enable Osgenic to scale their solution to various surgical procedures and to pilot it with leading international hospitals. The first product is expected to be launched by the end of 2019. Earlier this year Osgenic announced their partnership with Varjo, creators of the first human eye-resolution virtual reality headset that enables delivery of a high-fidelity experience.
Icebreaker.vc has been backing Osgenic since its founding days. “First there was only a passionate surgeon with a bold vision. I’m confident that today Osgenic has the world’s best team in the category and that they can make a huge impact on patients' lives. Based on demos of the upcoming product it seems that the team is capable to solve technical challenges that no one else in the world has been able to solve yet. That’s one of the main reasons why the journey has been so exciting for me to follow so far“, says Lasse Lehtinen, Icebreaker.vc CEO and Partner.
About Icebreaker VC
Icebreaker.vc aims to be the best place for people to start, build and join strong tech companies by bringing together capital and community. The venture capital fund invests in the very early stage tech companies in the Nordics and Baltics, and also runs a community of 700+ Pre-Founders to help the best talent from different industries meet. Read more at icebreaker.vc.
About Nordic XR Startups
Nordic XR Startups is a pre-seed investor and VR/AR accelerator based in Helsinki, Finland. Their mission is to contribute to and improve the competitiveness of the Nordic VR/AR ecosystem, and to accelerate the growth of their investment portfolio companies. Nordic XR Startups was established in 2017 by Nordisk Film and gumi Inc. Read more at Nordic XR Startups.