A tech company which works with surgeons to build surgical simulators through virtual reality, is opening its first UK office.
Marion Surgical is forecast to generate revenues of $20m by 2022, with its tech used by surgeons to learn, collaborate, practice and share procedures through a cloud-hosted virtual reality environment.
Its UK operation will be based at The Landing, with some of its Canadian team expected to relocate to the North West.
“This investment signifies a really important time for the business, with the Canadian office expanding to MediaCityUK, creating jobs and fuelling expansion plans,” said Ben Sainsbury, CEO of Marion Surgical.
“The creation of our new MR camera highlights the importance of the work we are doing for innovation within the sector, and we have big plans for the future – creating jobs in the North West and supporting new technologies.”
It has received £280k from GC Angels, part of the Growth Company, an angel investor and Innovate UK.
The cash will also be used to create a Mixed Reality camera, which is a “previsualisation tool for film professionals.” This will address what it says is an “unmet demand” for “more sophisticated and collaborative tools to support immersive, 360 and multi-media content production.”
The project will lead to the creation of 5 jobs immediately, with 20 new roles expected within 5 years.
“Marion Surgical are a true innovation growth company blurring the traditional lines between content technologies and health. I’m delighted that they are part of The Landing and MediaCityUK eco-system which itself is driving immersive applications and capabilities through next-generation networks,” added Jon Corner, CEO of The Landing.
“We look forward to supporting them as they scale in the North West, as well as continuing to work with GC Angels in funding companies across the region.”