LONDON – October 16, 2018 –
FundamentalVR, pioneers of immersive training technology for the medical community, today announced the expansion of their executive team with Peter Rainger joining as Chief Learning Officer and Peter Cooke as a Client Sales Executive. In their roles, they will help spread and develop the company’s global training platform, Fundamental Surgery, a first-of-its-kind SaaS platform that combines virtual reality (VR) with cutting-edge haptics to create a low-cost and scalable flight simulator experience for trainee and qualified surgeons. Fundamental Surgery creates an authentic environment that allows users to experience and navigate the same visuals, sounds and feelings they would during a real surgical procedure.
The new appointments come after the recent U.S. expansion of Fundamental Surgery in August 2018. Designed to improve patient outcomes while combating the increasing cost of medical training that tops $15 billion annually in the U.S, the initial U.S. offering focused on training packages within the Orthopedic Surgical disciplines, including Spinal Pedicle Screw Placement, Posterior Hip Replacement and Total Knee Arthroplasty. Further orthopedic procedures are slated for Q4 2018 with other disciplines, including general surgery and cardiovascular, slated for 2019.
The new executives will continue the company’s global mission to democratize surgical simulations and training, allowing it to be easily accessible to every surgeon in the world for the benefit of society. In particular, they will focus on expanding Fundamental Surgery in the U.S. market.
Peter Rainger – Chief Learning Officer
Rainger is a highly-experienced thought leader in the field of educational technology within the context of healthcare. He brings with him a wealth of expertise in simulation and educational design as the former e-learning manager for NHS Genetics Education, the academic lead for instructional design at Birmingham medical school, and the former head of Medical Education for Touch Surgery. Now in his role as Chief Learning Officer, Rainger is responsible for leading educational strategy. He will work with FundamentalVR’s CXO and CTO to build world leading surgical simulations that are underpinned by sound educational principles, and work to develop strategic research partnerships to support future validation and accreditation of Fundamental Surgery.
Peter Cooke – Client Sales Executive
Cooke has worked in the Orthopedic industry for the past 15 years. He began his career as a research assistant in an orthopedic clinic focused on journal publications. Following this, he spent 13 years in the joint replacement market with Stryker Orthopedics where his responsibilities included sales and management in the Northeastern U.S. He holds a Master’s in Business Administration from Boston University and an undergraduate degree from Hobart College. Now in his role as Client Sales Executive, Cooke will be responsible for engaging with hospitals across the U.S. and identifying simulation opportunities for Fundamental Surgery.
“Starting with the top minds in medicine and some of the most advanced VR and haptic programmers, we introduced Fundamental Surgery, a solution that can be deployed anywhere to allow surgeons to affordably learn and hone their skills over and over again in a safe and controlled environment,” said Richard Vincent, founder and CEO of Fundamental VR. “Now with Peter Rainger and Peter Cooke, we can expand our efforts to work directly with hospitals, higher education and research institutions to provide them with safe, affordable and authentic simulations that help facilitate better patient outcomes.”
The appointments of Rainger and Cooke in their new roles are effective today. Cooke will be based in the U.S., and Rainger will be based in the UK. For more information, please visit: www.fundamentalsurgery.com.
FundamentalVR is a technology company specialising in immersive experiences to enhance medical training. It has developed Fundamental Surgery as a SaaS platform featuring VR Haptics technology that takes advantage of readily available virtual reality hardware to create a simulation system that can be used on any modern VR-enabled PC set up – even a laptop. Fundamental Surgery gives healthcare professionals around the world access to authentic surgical simulations at low cost.