XR Medical Solutions donates one-year free subscriptions to medical and emergency professionals, an immersive academy is set to launch at Leicester College, and Nunaps raises $4.2m to develop a patient-centered digital therapeutics platform for brain damage
XR Medical Solutions donates one-year free subscriptions to medical and emergency professionals
XR Medical Solutions is offering a free one-year subscription of its mobile wellness app to frontline hospital, ambulance, fire and senior care workers.
It is hoped the app will assist them in dealing with the extraordinary levels of stress, anxiety and depression brought on since the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic. The offer will expire on 31 December 2021.
A recent global study on the mental health effects of Covid-19 found that relatively high rates of symptoms of anxiety (6.33% to 50.9%), depression (14.6% to 48.3%), post-traumatic stress disorder (7% to 53.8%), psychological distress (34.43% to 38%), and stress (8.1% to 81.9%) have been reported in the general population during the Covid-19 pandemic in China, Spain, Italy, Iran, the US, Turkey, Nepal, and Denmark (Journal of Affective Disorders, volume 227, December 2020, pages 55-64).
XR Medical Solutions deploys virtual reality and other XR tools to transform health and wellness therapies through scientifically driven technologies.
The company’s audio wellness programme utilises unique brainwave synchronisation audio therapy tracks, which safely train the brain to switch to any desired brainwave state within minutes.
These therapies are effective. In one case, a specific therapy was proven to be 77% effective in reducing pain (2x the pain relief of morphine).
XR Medical Solutions president Paul McCrea says: “During a recent executive meeting, we made the unanimous decision to make this app available to some of the people who could benefit the most from it, I’m proud to work for an organisation with heart.”
Dr Marc Jeschke, chief science and medical officer, adds: “This solution is proven to provide significant relief from a variety of symptoms, and I am glad we have made this commitment to provide relief to these health care workers who are true heroes and deserve the support in these trying times.”
Theo Fleury, chief relationship officer at XR Medical Solutions, comments: “As a mental health advocate for 15 years and someone who has a history of exposure to various treatments, I can provide a personal testimonial on the significant benefit I’ve experienced using the app.”
Immersive academy set to launch at Leicester College
The National Space Centre is launching a brand new immersive academy with NSC Creative and in partnership with Leicester College.
The new facility will offer the next generation of 16 to 18 year-old students a qualification in immersive storytelling.
This will allow them to progress either into the creative media industry or higher education across a range of subjects including computer games, visual effects, animation, computer science and virtual reality.
The Immersive Design & Development BTEC Diploma Level 3 qualification will be delivered by NSC Creative and Leicester College, bringing together a world-leading immersive production studio and an established city centre design and media educational provider.
Students will be granted access to cutting edge technology to craft digital environments and experiences in virtual, augmented and mixed reality, as well as the chance to learn all about game engine programming, XR design, 3D modelling and even the ability to project video onto planetarium domes.
Learners will explore a vast range of immersive design from art-based concepts through to production of a range of XR computer applications.
The course will provide a wealth of experience across the full field of immersive media development, offering the chance for students to learn skills and techniques with guidance and critiques from industry veterans. They will also have the chance to display their work to the thousands of National Space Centre visitors.
Students will spend time at both the Leicester College campus and at the National Space Centre’s new Reality Lab.
The space is kitted out with the latest XR technology to provide access to the latest hardware and software to empower users to experiment and think big, including virtual, augmented and mixed reality devices, along with a 3m stereoscopic 3D projection dome, green screen depth capture and mixed reality stage.
This new immersive academy complements the National Space Centre’s mission to enhance the science and engineering skills pool in the UK currently spearheaded by the National Space Academy by highlighting new science, technology, engineering, art and maths career pathways.
These new programmes will act as a catalyst for young people to consider design, visualisation, computer science, games development, filmmaking and animation, which are all specialist, high demand sectors in the UK and beyond.
Paul Mowbray, director at NSC Creative, says: “The NSC Immersive Academy will be a place for students to explore storytelling via emerging immersive technologies. It will equip the next generation of creators and makers with the skills to shape the future of virtual, extended and mixed reality experiences and products.”
“Our inspiring new Reality Lab, access to a world class production team and partnership with Leicester College will create opportunities for local Leicester students that are unavailable anywhere else in the world.”
Kully Sandhu, vice principal of adult, higher education and community at Leicester College, adds: “We’re delighted to form this exciting new partnership with the National Space Centre, leading to this unique national opportunity for students.”
“The NSC Immersive Academy will offer a great opportunity for creative learners to work with the college’s established digital media department, and the industry professionals and cutting-edge facilities of NSC Creative to gain valuable industry insight and experience.”
Additional, future programmes will be added to the academy that give local young people aged 11 to 16 an opportunity to get hands-on experience and work alongside National Space Centre teams to co-create new immersive experiences.
Participants will build confidence and literacy in emerging technology and collaborative, digital working practices. Creating these unique opportunities will open up new possibilities and aspirations in local communities.
The creation of the NSC Immersive Academy and Reality Lab was supported by the Inspiring Science Fund, a partnership between the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy, UK Research and Innovation, and Wellcome, as well as the Local Growth Fund from Leicester and Leicestershire Enterprise Partnership, The Royal Commission for the Exhibition of 1851, The Garfield Weston Foundation, and Fidelity UK Foundation.
Nunaps raises $4.2m to develop patient-centered digital therapeutics platform for brain damage
Nunaps, a South Korean digital therapeutics startup, has closed a $4.2 million series A funding round, with participation from Company K Partners, KTB Network and K2 Investment Partners.
The virtual reality startup plans to use the fresh capital to build its digital therapeutics platform related to neurological disorders.
Nunaps recently initiated a pivotal clinical trial of its first product, Nunap Vision, which provides visual perceptual training via a virtual reality headset to treat visual field defects caused by brain damage. It is the first digital therapeutics trial approved by the regulator in South Korea.
While its clinical efficacy has already been demonstrated in previous proof-of-concept studies, Nunaps designed the pivotal clinical trial to be multi-centre, double-blind, randomised, and placebo-controlled for further validation.
Dong-Wha Kang, founder and chief executive officer of Nunaps, says he decided to go into business in 2017 to develop a new therapy with clinical and practical applications for patients who suffer from visual field defects.
He continues: “They have had no effective treatment until now. In our efforts to treat patients with unmet needs, we naturally came up with digital.”
Kang-Soo Lee, chief investment officer at Company K Partners, comments: “Nunaps is Korea’s first digital therapeutics company and has great potential to become a global top-tier, setting up clinical trials for new digital therapeutics that employs AI technologies to address neurological disorders.”
The startup plans to develop pipelines for various brain disorders to become a leading digital therapeutics platform company in the next few years. Kang emphasises that “it is vital to carry out patient-centered R&D for the developed products to be put into practical use”.
He adds: “We will develop super-customised digital therapeutics so that patients may directly experience our products and be empowered to engage in our development.”