EoSurgical is an award-winning startup company set up by two postgraduate students at the University to design and manufacture surgical simulator tools to help surgeons to improve their skills. Paul Brennan and Roland Partridge, both PhD students and trainee surgeons at the University, set up eoSurgical Ltd to produce accessible and affordable training equipment, designed by surgeons for the global surgical community. They believe that the only way to get better at surgical techniques is by regular practice. Existing surgical simulators are bulky, expensive and not accessible to the individual surgeon.
They have designed two medical devices for rehearsing keyhole surgery and other surgical techniques. The EoSim enables surgeons to practise essential laparoscopic (keyhole) techniques. The EoSo enables medical professionals, including nurses, vets, dentists and chiropodists, to master suturing and knot-tying skills.
These devices, around the size of a briefcase a, are shipped with all the equipment required to improve surgical skills: instruments, tools, sutures and practice models and a small camera that can be connected to any computer. There is online training support and the devices are affordable enough for the individual surgeon.
Practise as often as you like
According to Paul: “The simulators contain everything that’s required so you can plug and play without the need for expensive 3D computer interface technology. The additional advantages of these particular devices as compared to others on the market are they are affordable, portable and, most importantly, you can practise as often as required, in a risk-free environment.”
In 2012, eoSurgical won the Scottish Institute for Enterprise New Ventures Competition, in recognition of its outstanding business innovation, and followed this success by winning the postgraduate category of the Santander Universities Entrepreneurship Awards.