Venice-Based GigXR Gets Backing to Update Medical Training with Virtual Reality

Keerthi Vedantam

Keerthi Vedantam is a bioscience reporter at dot.LA. She cut her teeth covering everything from cloud computing to 5G in San Francisco and Seattle. Before she covered tech, Keerthi reported on tribal lands and congressional policy in Washington, D.C. Connect with her on Twitter, Clubhouse (@keerthivedantam) or Signal at 408-470-0776.

Venice-Based GigXR Gets Backing to Update Medical Training with Virtual Reality
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GigXR, a Venice-based startup using virtual reality to train people in medical procedures, has partnered with and received an investment from Oregon-based health care provider Northwest Permanente to develop a range of mixed-reality health care training applications.


Northwest Permanente—the largest medical group in Oregon with more than 1,300 physicians—will work with GigXR to create medical training simulations, beginning with life support and cardiac emergency measures like CPR. It is also providing GigXR with funding, though financial terms were not disclosed.

Training for cardiac emergencies often involves mannequins that are expensive and lack the realistic reactions of cardiac patients. GigXR’s gameplay-inspired technology aims to improve that training; it superimposes a 360-degree, holographic depiction of a patient into a trainee’s environment and allows them to walk through various life-saving techniques.

GigXR has also developed training simulations for the Air Force Academy, the University of Pennsylvania and a slew of other universities and hospitals. Its offerings have primarily centered around health care, physics and chemistry—areas where simulations can help avoid the dangers of real-world trials, according to GigXR CEO David King Lassman.

The startup has raised more than $6 million to date, Lassman told dot.LA, and is currently fundraising for its Series A round. In addition to its partnership with Northwest Permanente, he said GigXR is also teaming with the University of Michigan-operated Michigan Medicine and Cambridge University Hospitals in the U.K.

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Greater Good Health Raises $10M To Fix America’s Doctor Shortage

Keerthi Vedantam

Keerthi Vedantam is a bioscience reporter at dot.LA. She cut her teeth covering everything from cloud computing to 5G in San Francisco and Seattle. Before she covered tech, Keerthi reported on tribal lands and congressional policy in Washington, D.C. Connect with her on Twitter, Clubhouse (@keerthivedantam) or Signal at 408-470-0776.

Greater Good Health Raises $10M To Fix America’s Doctor Shortage
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The pandemic highlighted what’s been a growing trend for years: Medical students are prioritizing high-paying specialty fields over primary care, leading to a shortage of primary care doctors who take care of a patient’s day-to-day health concerns. These physicians are a cornerstone of preventative health care, which when addressed can lower health care costs for patients, insurers and the government. But there’s a massive shortage of doctors all over the country, and the pipeline for primary care physicians is even weaker.

One local startup is offering a possible answer to this supply squeeze: nurse practitioners.

On Wednesday, Manhattan Beach-based Greater Good Health unveiled $10 million in new funding led by LRVHealth, adding to $3 million in seed funding raised by the startup last year. The company employs nurse practitioners and pairs them with doctor’s offices and medical clinics; this allows nurse practitioners to take on patients who would otherwise have to wait weeks, or even months, to see a doctor.

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Plus Capital Partner Amanda Groves on Celebrity Equity Investments

Minnie Ingersoll
Minnie Ingersoll is a partner at TenOneTen and host of the LA Venture podcast. Prior to TenOneTen, Minnie was the COO and co-founder of $100M+ Shift.com, an online marketplace for used cars. Minnie started her career as an early product manager at Google. Minnie studied Computer Science at Stanford and has an MBA from HBS. She recently moved back to L.A. after 20+ years in the Bay Area and is excited to be a part of the growing tech ecosystem of Southern California. In her space time, Minnie surfs baby waves and raises baby people.
PLUS Capital​’s Amanda Groves.
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On this episode of the L.A. Venture podcast, Amanda Groves talks about how PLUS Capital advises celebrity investors and why more high-profile individuals are choosing to invest instead of endorse.

As a partner at PLUS, Groves works with over 70 artists and athletes, helping to guide their investment strategies. PLUS advises their talent roster to combine their financial capital with their social capital and focus on five investment areas: the future of work, future of education, health and wellness, the conscious consumer and sustainability.

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