Microsoft creates first-ever medical school of innovation

— Digital Journal, Jan. 2020

Sixty Tampa Bay area businesses chosen as 2020 Best Places to Work honorees

— Biz Journal, Jan 2020

Virtual Travel Could Change the World —If It Gets Off The Ground

— The Wall Street Journal, Dec. 2019

Immertec named as one of the tech startups that earned the Tampa Bay area its top-20 ranking on the Computing Technology Industry Association’s best “tech towns” list

— Tampa Bay Times, Dec. 2019

Tampa virtual reality company rebrands

— St Pete Catalyst, Dec. 2019

A virtual reality program to help rural communities

— Grit Daily, Nov. 2019

Tampa Florida: Best Place for U.S. Veterans to Live and Work

— Veterans News Report (VNR), Nov. 2019

Eight Tampa companies vie for Startup of the Year

— St Pete Catalyst, October 2019

Immertec raises $6 million

— Florida Florida Venture Sourcing, October 2019

How Physicians Helped MedTech Company Immertec Snag $6M in Funding

— American Inno, October 2019

Immertec raises $6 million

— St Pete Catalyst, October 2019

Homee and Immertec top Tampa’s recent funding news

— MSN News, October 2019

A Tampa startup aims to train doctors with virtual reality

— Tampa Bay Times, Sept. 2019

PAR, Inc. invests in virtual reality training start-up Immertec

— P&T Community, a MediMedia outlet, Sept. 2019

Immertec Receives Investment from Par

— FinSMEs, Sept. 2019

Growth Story: Sierra Harlan of Immertec

— Embarc Collective, August 2019

Immertec CEO Erik Maltais On the Way Virtual Reality Is Changing the Medical Field

— Cheddar, July 2019

Tech entrepreneur picks Tampa Bay over Silicon Valley

— 10 News, WTSP TV, June 2019

Virtual vindication: Tech firm’s gutsy decision to stay put pays off

— Business Observer FL, June 2019

Erik Maltais: Recognizing Future Market Opportunities Through Virtual Reality Podcast

— Jason A. Duprat, June 2019

Rise of the Rest brings its focus on startups to Tampa Bay, awards Immertec $100,000

— Tampa Bay Times, May 2019

What the Rise of the Rest means for talent in Tampa Bay

— St Pete Catalyst, May 2019

Featured Founder: Erik Maltais of Immertec

— Embarc Collective, May 2019

Rise of the Rest Rewards Tampa’s Immertec with $100,000 Investment

— My Area 813, May 2019

Tampa startup Immertec wins Rise of the Rest pitch competition

— 83 Degrees, May 2019

Tampa-St. Pete’s innovation culture draws praise

— St Pete Catalyst, April 2019

Florida Startup, Immertec, Looks to Challenge Florida’s ‘Sleepy’ Tech Reputation

— Grit Daily, Jan. 2019

Potentially life-saving VR technology being developed in Tampa Bay

— 10 New WTSP-TV, Nov. 2018

Tampa Bay has high hopes for Erik Maltais’ Immertec virtual reality startup

— Florida Trend, August 2018

Tampa-based virtual reality tech firm works to partner with local health care leader

— Biz Journal, Dec 2018

2018 in review: Erik Maltais, Immersive Tech, Inc.

— St Pete Catalyst, Dec 2018

Local company advancing virtual reality for medical training

— St Pete Catalyst, Sept 2018

NASA iTech Selects Presenters for Ignite the Night in Tampa, Florida

Tampa Bay Times / 31-January-2020

MEDIA ADVISORY

NASA iTech Selects Presenters for Ignite the Night in Tampa, Florida

NASA iTech selected companies with innovative solutions that address challenges on Earth with potential space applications to participate in NASA iTech’s Ignite the Night. These companies have the opportunity to present their technology’s to NASA’s Center Chief Technologists, investors, and industry members. Ignite the Night TAMPA will take place at the Amalie Arena in Tampa, Florida on Tuesday, February 11, 2020, at 6:00 p.m.

The companies presenting include: Aeronyde Corporation from Melbourne, Florida; Amalgamated Vision from Brentwood, Tennessee; Articulate Labs from Dallas, Texas; CBio from Lakewood Ranch, Florida; ez enRoute Ltd. from Edmonton, Canada; GTD GmbH from Markdorf, Germany; Immertec from Tampa, Florida;Miles Space Inc. from Tampa, Florida; Nanograss Photonics from Flourtown, Pennsylvania; SOIL from Suwanee, Georgia; and Tevosol from Edmonton, Canada.

“With NASA’s bold vision to land humans on the surface of the Moon by 2024, time is of the essence.” said Kira Blackwell, the NASA iTech program executive for the Space Technology Mission Directorate. “NASA iTech identifies innovators developing disruptive technologies with both a commercial market and space application.  Leveraging these technologies not only saves the agency time and taxpayers dollars, there is also a greater societal benefit because the technologies are addressing real world challenges, and that is a win for everyone.”

NASA iTech’s Ignite the Night gives innovators and enthusiasts from the local community an opportunity to present their ideas on stage to a panel of NASA’s Center Chief Technologists, industry experts, and investors. The top company selected will advance as a semifinalist, increasing their chance at being selected as a finalist for the 2020 Cycle I Forum. In the last three years, entrepreneurs that have participated in NASA iTech have raised over $500 million in private investment dollars.

This year the Cycle I Forum will take place in Kansas City, Missouri, on May 20-21. Innovators who cannot attend an Ignite the Night event should apply directly to the Cycle I Forum.

For more information about NASA and agency programs, visit:

www.nasaitech.org

For information about NASA’s Space Technology Mission Directorate, visit:

www.nasa.gov/directorates/spacetech/home

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Kristen Eichamer
Headquarters, Washington
202-603-3940
kristen.m.eichamer@nasa.gov

Immertec to Demo First Ever VR Livestream of a Rotator Cuff Repair at the Annual Tampa Shoulder Course

Tampa Bay Times / 17-January-2020

Immertec, a startup that enables more efficient physician training via virtual reality, will broadcast the first ever rotator cuff repair on a VR livestream to multiple remote surgeons at the 26th Annual Tampa Shoulder Course, on Feb. 1.

Orthopedic surgeon, Mark A. Mighell, MD, will perform the surgical procedure at the Florida InnoVation and Education (FIVE) Labs, for Tampa Shoulder Course attendees to view live. In addition, 10 physicians will receive VR headsets from Immertec, allowing them to watch the procedure via a live VR feed. Five of these physicians will be in Tampa and the remaining five will join remotely from multiple locations across the country.

Our platform transports surgeons into an operating room, with a simple VR headset, where they can watch modern surgical procedures, ask questions, and collaborate with other surgeons in real-time,” said Erik Maltais, Immertec’s CEO. “This level of detail, ease of access, and experience is vital for increasing learning opportunities of specialized procedures on a broader scale. Ultimately, we believe more-efficient physician training has the potential to increase a higher standard of care for all patients.”

Immertec’s software platform eliminates physical barriers that prohibit people from gaining access to specialized surgical training. Surgeons no longer have to block out time and book flights just so they can observe surgical procedures in order to gain the necessary confidence needed to conduct such procedures themselves.

“We are thrilled to use Immertec’s technology to create a unique educational experience for some of the most well-respected surgeons in the world.” said Derek Pupello, CEO of FIVE Labs. “We’re always looking for innovative ways to deliver our educational content and look forward to the possibilities this platform provides.”

The 26th Annual Tampa Shoulder Course will be held at the Marriott Hotel on Jan 30 – Feb. 1, 2020. The 300 physicians attending will train on key issues in shoulder arthroplasty, instability, traumatic elbow injuries, rotator cuff repair, and other sports medicine topics. The Course features live surgeries, debates, rapid-fire case reviews, workshops, and didactic presentations.

About Immertec
Founded in 2017 and based in Tampa, Florida, Immertec is an award-winning technology startup that’s pushing the limits of what’s possible in virtual health. The company is made up of change-makers, developers, and innovators passionate about expanding the possibilities of healthcare. Their real-time platform in VR allows surgeons to instantly train on new medical devices, modern surgical procedures and collaborate from anywhere. By changing the way surgeons train and connect, Immertec is promoting a world where all people have access to the highest standard of care regardless of their physical location, economic status, or nationality. For more information, visit https://immertec.com.

 

Murewa Olubela, Director of Marketing and PR
Phone: (813) 451-1478
Email: murewa@immertec.com

Immertec Announces Launch of New Brand Identity & Website

Tampa Bay Times / 05-December-2019

Change reflects evolving business and professional growth

Immertec, award winning startup whose software platform allows surgeons to train in real-time through virtual reality, announces the launch of its new brand identity, redesigned logo, and website.

The rebrand and new website is part of the organization’s strategy to evolve and create a foundation for welcoming new opportunities. The refreshed look and feel reflects the next stage of growth and embodies the company’s professional, innovative and playful spirit.

The newly redesigned website features 3D animations, easy-to-navigate pages, and simplified messaging. It also walks visitors through how Immertec’s proprietary technology works.

“I’m proud of the extraordinary work done by our marketing team on our new branding and website initiatives,” said Erik Maltais, CEO of Immertec. “This is an exciting change and is one of many things we are doing as part of our strategy for growth.”

You can view Immertec’s new website by visiting Immertec.com.

About Immertec
Founded in 2017 and based in Tampa, Florida, Immertec is an award-winning technology startup that’s pushing the limits of what’s possible in virtual health. The company is made up of change-makers, developers, and innovators passionate about expanding the possibilities of healthcare. Their real-time platform in VR allows surgeons to instantly train on new medical devices, modern surgical procedures and collaborate from anywhere. By changing the way surgeons train and connect, Immertec is promoting a world where all people have access to the highest standard of care regardless of their physical location, economic status, or nationality.

 

Austen Legler, Director of Marketing
Email: Austen@immertec.com

Marine Combat Veteran and Immertec CEO Erik Maltais Seeks to Disrupt Enterprise Training Industry with Real-time 3D Virtual Training

Tampa Bay Times / 06-January-2019

Erik Maltais, CEO and Co-Founder of Immersive Tech, Inc. is legitimizing Virtual Reality (VR) for enterprise use cases with Immertec, a VR technology company that provides software which allows anyone in the world to instantly connect and train in a fully immersive virtual environment.

Maltais is originally from Manchester, NH, and spent some of his childhood in Florida prior to joining the Marine Corps. During his 5 years of service, Maltais served one year in Iraq where he was awarded the Combat Action Ribbon. After his tour, he served Marine Embassy Diplomatic Security Duty where he protected American embassies worldwide for three years. During this period, Maltais was selected to augment Whitehouse and Presidential security during the George W. Bush administration.

After completing his tenure in the Marines, Maltais returned to Florida where he earned his degree in economics and accounting from the University of South Florida. Upon graduating, Maltais leveraged business relationships he formed while on post in China to start an e-commerce business called BBQ-aid. Under his guidance, Maltais rapidly grew BBQ-aid’s revenue to 7 figures in less than 3 years before successfully exiting the business.

“Most of the industry was focused on the entertainment and video game use cases at the time, so I knew there was a place for us at the table,” Maltais said. “Similar to the way the computer, internet and cellular industries first focused on creating business value, success in the early stage of this bourgeoning industry would also come from solutions that solve real-world business problems and we will be there.”

Together, with his co-founder Jon Clagg, a full-stack developer with over 13 years of telecommunications development experience, the two developed the technology for Immertec’s proprietary, live-streaming 3D-VR software and they began building out use cases for the technology.

Today, Immertec’s has secured several provisional patents on its technology and their VR software can be used in nearly any real-time training scenario, from simple training exercises to virtual surgical preceptorships, allowing surgeons to learn new surgical techniques with the latest medical devices. The company is currently engaged in a pilot program with one of its first enterprise customers which happens to be one the world’s largest medical device companies.

As with any developing technology, Maltais knows that this is only the beginning for Immertec and this emerging industry. In fact, ABI Research, a leader in emerging technology intelligence, forecasts that the enterprise VR training market alone will generate $216 million in 2018 and grow to $6.3 billion by 2022.

About Immertec
Founded in 2017 and based in Tampa, Florida, Immertec is an award-winning technology startup that’s pushing the limits of what’s possible in virtual health. The company is made up of change-makers, developers, and innovators passionate about expanding the possibilities of healthcare. Their real-time platform in VR allows surgeons to instantly train on new medical devices, modern surgical procedures and collaborate from anywhere. By changing the way surgeons train and connect, Immertec is promoting a world where all people have access to the highest standard of care regardless of their physical location, economic status, or nationality.

Austen Legler, Director of Marketing
Email: Austen@immertec.com

Erik is the co-founder and CEO of Immertec, an award-winning technology startup based in Tampa, FL. Immertec’s software platform for surgical training, Medoptic, allows medical device companies to transport their surgeon customers into the operating room for real-time, training in VR.

From an early age, Erik was guided by two things; to make an impact in the world as an entrepreneur, and to serve others. He started his first business at fourteen years old and has loved entrepreneurship ever since.

Following high school, Erik’s calling to serve inspired him to join the US Marines Corps. He spent one year in Iraq and was then selected to serve on the Marine Embassy Security duty. Eventually, he was chosen to augment White House and POTUS security during George W. Bush’s presidential travels to the Beijing Olympics, Sharm El Sheik, and Berlin. Through these experiences, Erik connected with amazing people from all over the world and learned incredible life lessons.

After his tenure in the Marine Corps, Erik returned to Florida to finish his education. During this time, his entrepreneurial calling arose once again. With only a few thousand dollars to fund his idea, he founded an e-commerce business. Within three years the business grew to revenue levels of seven-figures. Soon after, Jon Clagg and Erik decided to focus on bringing their next idea to life – Immertec.

This year, Immertec reached remarkable milestones. Earlier in 2019, Erik represented his team at Revolution’s Rise of the Rest Seed Fund pitch competition (led by AOL co-founder Steve Case). Here, they beat out seven other companies to win a $100,000 investment from the Rise of The Rest Seed Fund. Additionally, they secured first place at TiEcon, were selected as a Tampa Bay Inno on Fire winner, and was nominated as a second-place winner for Startup of the Year. On top of all this, Immertec is expanding its team. Just last year, they were a team of three – now they’re 23 strong and counting!

As Immertec’s Chief Executive Officer, Erik gets to satisfy both of his callings and live out his passion every day. He serves a highly talented team of employees and gets the opportunity to build an organization that hopes to change the way surgeons train.

Jon Clagg is the Co-founder and Chief Technology Officer of Immertec – an award-winning startup based in Tampa, Florida. He is a full-stack developer with more than a decade of experience in automation and telecommunications. In 2012, he received one of the early access developer kits from the Oculus Kickstarter campaign. After seeing firsthand what was possible with this technology, his ambition for the world of VR quickly grew. From the industry’s onset, there were two things he was certain of 1.) VR was going to go far beyond video games. 2.) Like TV, internet, and cell phone industries, VR would be led by companies that focus on creating meaningful, real-world business value first.

Knowing this, Jon was motivated to leave his job and fully devote myself to the vision he had for VR.

It was after poring through SEC-compliant industry reports from Goldman Sachs, Citi Bank, and others, that he saw remote medical training as a vastly underserved opportunity to create authentic business value. Jon’s deep-dive into creating 3D, training content in VR revealed that the current methods were too slow, tedious, and, by extension, lacked scalability. This meant that creating scalable business value would mean allowing medical specialists and trainees to connect and collaborate in real-time in a fully immersive virtual environment.

This was the foundation of the IP he built, which allows healthcare professionals to revolutionize the way they train, collaborate, and connect. Leveraging this technology can also avoid the use of large development or production teams and provide customers and employees the ability to train in VR from real-world, real-time training opportunities.

As Immertec’s CTO and co-founder, Jon gets the opportunity to work with an amazing team to continue to hone and refine their technology. Every day presents new challenges to overcome and new directions to explore as he continues to bring Immertec’s vision to life.