North West firms team up for VR Covid-19 lab training school

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by Stephen Chapman

Tech educator, Credersi has partnered with Covid-19 testing firm, DAM Health to create a Virtual Reality Covid-19 lab training syllabus.

Said to be a world first, Liverpool’s DAM Health will work with Manchester-based Credersi to bring technology into the lab by funding the construction of a VR and AR platform to train lab technicians.

“We are delighted to have teamed up with Andy Lord, Darren Coomer and Credersi to help fund the next generation of scientists and lab technicians. Creating a virtual world in which lab technicians can be trained to understand the process of PCR testing makes this a truly immersive experience without the need to physically enter a lab,” said Liam Spence, Head Of Partnerships for DAM Health.

“Most importantly for DAM Health, as a leading provider of Covid testing services, our corporate and social responsibility programmes are very important to us. Our Patronage of the Credersi virtual world  lab will not only help to train the lab technicians of the future, but will also inspire school children to learn more about science and technology as an exciting career which is a fundamental part of our vision.”  

The first course will be delivered in October as a 8-week immersive programme, with components of science, data science, python programming and lab experiments built into the course syllabus.

Credersi will use a physical PCR machine, which will then be used to model and render into a 3D virtual lab. This will allow the lab technicians and students to see an animated sequence of how to conduct a PCR test and use this as part of a wider training syllabus to educate the students with an immersive and interactive training module. 

“This is a really exciting project for us to team up with DAM Health and we are incredibly grateful for their support and patronage. The addition of the 3D modelling to develop a course that has elements uniquely focusing on Covid-19 and PCR is a real game changer,” added Andy Lord, CEO and co-founder of Credersi.

“There is a huge shortage of skilled lab technicians at the moment, and we aim to address that imbalance by injecting a new army of talented and trained lab technicians.  Demand for lab technicians is outstripping supply in the market. Covid-19 testing will be with us for the foreseeable future.”

The 3D virtual lab will also be taken into schools and colleges as part of a wider programme to educate and inspire children into STEM subjects using technology they relate to.

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