‘Proximie aims to have a profound impact on surgeons and the patients they treat through connected surgical care, making care more efficient, effective, affordable and accessible’
➨ F-Prime Capital led a series B equity financing round worth $38 million
➨ Proximie will pursue expansion in US and Europe
➨ The solution enables experts to virtually transport themselves into operating and diagnostic rooms to visually interact, engage and help guide procedures
Proximie, the developer of an augmented reality-enhanced solution for remote assistance in the operating room, has landed $38 million in series B equity financing.
The round, led by F-Prime Capital with support from new investors Questa Capital, Eight Roads, and Maverick Ventures, as well as existing investors Global Ventures, BECO Capital and Cedar Mundi Ventures, will enable UK-headquartered Proximie to accelerate its expansion in the US and European markets.
Proximie also plans to direct “significant investment” toward commercial efforts, including new technology implementations, in addition to research and development.
Dr Nadine Hachach-Haram, chief executive officer and founder of Proximie, says: “This investment will fuel our growth and gives our platform the opportunity to revolutionise an important area of unmet need in the healthcare sector.”
“We aim to have a profound impact on surgeons and the patients they treat through connected surgical care, making care more efficient, effective, affordable and accessible. Over the last twelve months, Proximie has grown exponentially, especially in the US, and we are enormously excited to continue our development so we can democratise access to the best possible healthcare worldwide.”
More than 10,000 surgical interactions in 300 hospitals across 40+ countries
Interest in Proximie’s solution has been high, with the company conducting more than 10,000 surgical interactions in 300 hospitals across 40+ countries over the past 12 months. Ryan Drant, founder and managing partner at Questa Capital, calls the solution “a compelling value proposition to numerous key stakeholders, including surgeons, patients, hospitals and medical device manufacturers”.
The solution enables experts to virtually transport themselves into operating and diagnostic rooms to visually interact, engage and help guide procedures.
A unique selling point is that it utilises existing hardware in the operating room, including cameras and feeds, and is compatible with smartphones, tablets and desktop computers, at relatively low internet speeds, ensuring that both the remote expert and present surgeon can easily benefit.
The chief augmented reality tool at play is the Proximie AR Hand, which allows the remote expert to ‘reach into’ their screen and direct the surgeon via their own device. The solution also enables 2D image and 3D model overlay and annotation.
It also serves as a learning and training tool for future professional development, with a library of sessions available, plus publication referencing and post-case review functionality.
Jon Lim, partner at F-Prime Capital, is convinced of the solution’s potential. He says: “Proximie is poised to become a clear global leader in digitising surgery, with the platform’s value increasing as each new user and operating room joins the network.”
“Nadine’s vision, informed by her ongoing work as a surgeon, has attracted and guided a stellar team with the potential to create one of the most connected, efficient, and impactful digital surgery networks in the world.”