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8 developer roles that are in high demand in healthcare

— The Next Web, Sept. 2020

After $6M raise, Immertec has assembled a leadership dream team with the likes of Apple, Microsoft and Magic Leap

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, August 2020

73 – Erik Maltais, CEO of IMMERTEC – Innovation in Surgical Education Using Virtual Reality

— The Penn HealthX Podcast, August 2020

What to expect at Disrupt the Bay, the local health care innovation conference

— Tampa Bay Inno, July 2020

5 key things entrepreneurs should consider today in personal PR and branding

— Tampa Bay Inno, July 2020

Why the future of surgery training could start with a VR headset

— Tech HQ, July 2020

Has the pandemic sparked GovTech innovation?

— Tech HQ, July 2020

Has the pandemic sparked GovTech innovation?

— The Union Journal, July 2020

Meet: Immertec. Immertec is dissolving the physical barriers that restrict the adoption of modern medical devices and procedures

— VRWorldTech, July 2020

Disrupt the Bay targets pediatric cancers, childhood diseases

— 83 Degrees, July 2020

How Well Trained Is the Class of COVID-19?

— Medscape, June 2020

16 Virtual Reality Applications That Will Be Big In The Months Ahead

— Forbes, June 2020

Remote Care Is Here To Stay: How Telehealth Is Bridging The Gap Across The Care Continuum

— Forbes, June 2020

‘TSUNAMI’ OF INTEREST: Immertec wants to lead the change in telehealth during coronavirus

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, May 2020

The Tampa Bay tech ecosystem at a glance

— Tampa Bay Inno, May 2020

Meet Immertec, a 2020 Best Places to Work honoree

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, May 2020

Best Places to Work – Small

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, May 2020

From a chef to a virtual reality startup, here’s how these Tampa Bay small businesses are navigating Covid-19

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, May 2020

After a digital shift sparked growing pains, Erik Maltais and Immertec are seeing VR medical training become ‘essential’

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, May 2020

USF Health’s CAMLS Bring COVID-19 Training to Area Hospitals with Immertec’s Help

— Bay News 9, April 2020

World Changing Ideas Awards 2020: Developing-World Technology Finalists and Honorable Mentions

— Fast Company, April 2020

World Changing Ideas Awards 2020: North America Finalists and Honorable Mentions

— Fast Company, April 2020

Innovation at Work COVID-19

— Tampa Bay Wave, April 2020

Three Tampa Bay startups tell their PPP financing tales

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, April 2020

VR in the OR: Immertec’s patented 3D live-streaming technology and virtual reality headsets give medical trainees a fully immersive, 3D experience “just as if they were there in the operating room.”

— California Business Journal, March 2020

Coronavirus causes health officials to reassess telehealth urgency

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, March 2020

Entrepreneurs Are Flocking to Florida. Here’s Everything You Need to Know About Its Startup Scene

— Inc., March 2020

3 Hiring Secrets From Florida’s Most Successful Startups

— Inc., March 2020

Efforts to stop the spread of infection highlight need for Immertec’s VR tools

— St. Pete Catalyst, March 2020

Recent Efforts highlight need for Immertec’s VR tech

— Florida Venture Sourcing, March 2020

USF CAMLS teams up with local startup to bring virtual reality to student training

— Tampa Bay Business Journal, March 2020

Immertec Teams Up With USF Health in Latest Partnership

— Tampa Bay Inno, March 2020

These Local Startups Have Seen Exponential Growth Since Coronavirus

— Tampa Bay Inno, March 2020

Catching Up With Startup of the Year Finalists Immertec and SecondKeys

— Startup of the Year Podcast, March 2020

15 Effective Uses Of Virtual Reality For Businesses And Consumers

— Dr. Jose Morey, Feb. 2020

15 Effective Uses Of Virtual Reality For Businesses And Consumers

— Forbes, Feb. 2020

SXSW Pitch: The 50 Finalists for 2020

— Austen Startups, Feb. 2020

CEO Erik Maltais mentioned in “New Latin chamber aims to bring top startups to Tampa Bay area”

— Tampa Bay Times, Feb. 2020

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

NASA iTech’s Ignite the Night TAMPA Announces Presenters

— NASA iTech, Jan. 2020

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

Jeff Stanislow Radio Show on 820 AM in Tampa

— Chief Internet Marketer, Dec. 2019

Tampa virtual reality company rebrands

— St Pete Catalyst, Dec. 2019

A virtual reality program to help rural communities

— Grit Daily, Nov. 2019

Get to Know the Top Five Winners of Startup of the Year

— Alice Blog, Nov. 2019

These 3 Startups Challenge the Smart City Status Quo

— Smart Cities Connect, Nov. 2019

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

— Veterans News Report (VNR), Nov. 2019

CEO Erik Maltais announced as the chairman of the Latin Chamber of Commerce’s innovation committee.

— Biz Journal, Oct. 2019

Eight Tampa companies vie for Startup of the Year

— St Pete Catalyst, 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

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

— Florida Trend, August 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

BIOMED: VR Technology Delivers Real-Time Medtech Training

— Medical Design Briefs, 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

Doctors use virtual reality to train for operating room

— FOX 13, May 2019

Tampa-St. Pete’s innovation culture draws praise

— St Pete Catalyst, April 2019

Takeaways From Synapse Summit 2019

— St Pete Catalyst, April 2019

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

— Grit Daily, Jan. 2019

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

Potentially life-saving VR technology being developed in Tampa Bay

— 10 New WTSP-TV, Nov. 2018

Local company advancing virtual reality for medical training

— St Pete Catalyst, Sept 2018

Fast Company Awards Immertec Honorable Mentions in Two 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards Categories

Immertec / 29-April-2020

PRESS RELEASE
April 28, 2020

Fast Company Awards Immertec Honorable Mentions in Two
2020 World Changing Ideas Awards Categories

TAMPA, Fla Immertec announces its selection as honorable mention in two 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards categories: Best World Changing Idea NA and Developing World Technology, awarded by Fast Company. 

The two categories celebrate the best changing idea from a North American company and companies with products that leapfrog innovation in the developing world. A panel of eminent judges selected Immertec from a pool of more than 3,000 global entries submitted from Vancouver to Singapore to Tel Aviv – in industries such as transportation, education, food, politics, technology, and more. 

“It’s an honor to be recognized by Fast Company as a company that plays an important role in building a better world and ones that’s driving innovation in a bold way,” said Erik Maltais, CEO and Cofounder of Immertec. We at Immertec find it unacceptable that patients suffer unnecessarily because they lack access to innovative device and surgical procedures.” 

The Fast Company’s 2020 World Changing Ideas Awards honor businesses, policies, projects, and concepts that are actively engaged and deeply committed to flattening the curve when it comes to the climate crisis, social injustice or economic inequality. Immertec promotes a world where people have access to the highest standard of care regardless of their physical location, economic status or nationality. 

“There seems no better time to recognize organizations that are using their ingenuity, resources, and, in some cases, their scale to tackle society’s biggest problems,” says Stephanie Mehta, editor in chief of Fast Company. “Our journalists, under the leadership of senior editor Morgan Clendaniel, have uncovered some of the smartest and most inspiring projects of the year.” 

The World Changing Ideas Awards is now in its fourth year. Previous awardees include Amazon, Google, IBM, St. Jude’s Children’s Research Hospital, MIT Little Devices Lab, The Billion Dollar Fund for Women, Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, Harvard University, General Motors and Volvo. 

 

About Immertec 
Founded in 2017 and based in Tampa, Florida, Immertec is an award-winning technology startup that’s pushing the limits of what is possible in virtual health. The company’s real-time VR platform allows surgeons to instantly train on new medical devices, learn modern surgical procedures and collaborate on surgical cases 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 physical location, economic status, or nationality. For more information, visit https://immertec.com. 

 

About the World Changing Ideas Awards 
World Changing Ideas is one of Fast Company’s major annual awards programs and is focused on social good, seeking to elevate finished products and brave concepts that make the world better. A panel of judges from across sectors choose winners, finalists, and honorable mentions based on feasibility and the potential for impact. With a goal of awarding ingenuity and fostering innovation, Fast Company draws attention to ideas with great potential and helps them expand their reach to inspire more people to start working on solving the problems that affect us all. 

Immertec Announces Collaborative Research Agreement with USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

Immertec and USF CAMLS / 12-March-2020

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 11, 2020

Immertec Announces Collaborative Research Agreement with
USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS)

TAMPA, Fla. – Immertec announces a research collaboration with the University of South Florida (USF), to investigate the efficacy of immersive training in medical education. The collaborative research activities will be conducted at the USF Health Center for Advanced Medical Learning and Simulation (CAMLS) in Tampa, Florida.

“Our mission as an organization is to be the premier real-time, virtual surgery training platform,” said Erik Maltais, CEO and Cofounder of Immertec. “And CAMLS’ mission is to create and provide experiential learning that improves clinical skills and patient care. Together, we work to push the limits of what’s possible in virtual health and enable a higher standard of patient care.”

The study led by Shannon Bailey, Ph.D., human factors scientist at Immertec, Michael Brannick, Ph.D., psychometrician for CAMLS, and Ryan T. McKenna, DO, FACEP, fellowship director of Interprofessional Simulation for CAMLS, will focus on testing the effect of immersive technology on participants’ learning and performance outcomes during medical education tasks. Immertec will provide virtual reality equipment and hardware setup for use during medical training sessions at CAMLS.

“This technology is a game-changer for the future of medical and surgical education. Real-time virtual reality can help augment or even replace traditional training modalities for physicians and health care providers, said Dr. Haru Okuda, Executive Director of CAMLS and Assistant Vice President for USF Health Interprofessional Education and Practice. “By partnering with Immertec, an industry leader in virtual reality training, we are building upon our mission of combining leading-edge education and technology to create a more dynamic experiential learning experience. This innovative partnership supports our main goals of improving patient safety, reducing harm, and enhancing quality of care.”

Immertec’s virtual reality (VR) platform eliminates physical barriers that prohibit physicians from gaining access to surgical trainings. With a VR headset, remote physicians view a fully immersive, 4K feed of a live operating room to observe surgeries and collaborate with other surgeons in real-time. The platform has already been used clinically in hospital and teaching environments by multiple surgeons observing live procedures in patients and cadavers.

 

About Immertec
Founded in 2017 and based in Tampa, Florida, Immertec is an award-winning technology startup that’s pushing the limits of what is possible in virtual health. The company’s real-time VR platform allows surgeons to instantly train on new medical devices, learn modern surgical procedures and collaborate on surgical cases 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 physical location, economic status, or nationality. For more information, visit https://immertec.com.

About the Center for Advanced Medical Learning & Simulation (CAMLS):
CAMLS is one of the world’s largest medical simulation facilities, fully dedicated to improving health care through lifelong education and training. Under one roof, the 90,000 square foot, three-story facility houses the latest simulation technology and experiences to train the full spectrum of students and health care professionals. It has resources to realistically replicate nearly all medical and clinical environments, with a commitment to enhancing patient safety and quality of care. CAMLS also has the unique ability to bring together scholarly experts across USF Health, USF, and communities, both locally and globally, to conduct interprofessional research and training, as well as implement innovative technologies. Headquartered in downtown Tampa, Florida, CAMLS is accredited by the American College of Surgeons and the Society for Simulation in Healthcare.

About USF Health
USF Health’s mission is to envision and implement the future of health. It is the partnership of the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, the College of Nursing, the College of Public Health, the College of Pharmacy, the School of Physical Therapy and Rehabilitation Sciences, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate and Postdoctoral Programs, and USF Health’s multispecialty physicians’ group. The University of South Florida (USF), established in 1956 and located in Tampa, is a high-impact, global research university dedicated to student success. USF is ranked in the Top 25 nationally for research expenditures among public universities, according to the National Science Foundation. The USF System has an annual budget of $1.8 billion and an annual economic impact of $4.4 billion.

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

Immertec and NASA / 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

Immertec / 17-January-2020

 

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

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.

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.

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.

Erik Maltais 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.

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