Virtual Incision to locate at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Virtual Incision to locate at Nebraska Innovation Campus

Dmitry Oleynikov, a professor of surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, operates a surgical robot as in the background Shane Farritor, an engineering professor at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, adjusts the camera on the surgical subject in June 2015. The two developed the robot for minimally invasive surgeries. Farritor and Oleynikov's startup company, Virtual Incisions, is joining Nebraska Innovation Campus.
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Dmitry Oleynikov, a UNMC professor of surgery, operates a surgical robot as in the background Shane Farritor, a UNL engineering professor, adjusts the camera on the surgical subject in June 2015. The two developed the robot for minimally invasive surgeries. Farritor and Oleynikov's startup company, Virtual Incision, is joining Nebraska Innovation Campus.

Nebraska Innovation Campus has announced a new partner. Dan Duncan, executive director of NIC, said today that Virtual Incision Corp. will move into space on campus in early 2016.

Virtual Incision is a startup company founded by faculty members at the University of Nebraska Medical Center and University of Nebraska-Lincoln. The firm is developing a first-of-its-kind, miniaturized robot for abdominal surgical procedures.

"Virtual Incision is NIC's first medical device company and will hopefully pave the way for more to follow," Duncan said.

Virtual Incision's robots for procedures such as colon resection are much smaller and less expensive than current robots. The robots are fully inserted into the abdomen via an umbilical incision, which reduces the invasiveness of the procedure. A surgeon at a bedside console controls the robot.

In 2006, propelled by the knowledge that colorectal and lower gastrointestinal procedures are some of the fastest-growing procedures in the United States, Dmitry Oleynikov, professor of surgery at UNMC, and Shane Farritor, professor of mechanical engineering at UNL, founded Virtual Incision. CEO John Murphy, who is located in Pleasanton, California, joined the team in 2012.

"Virtual Incision is very excited to become part of the culture on Nebraska Innovation Campus," Farritor said. "We are glad we are associated with the University of Nebraska and have a place where our company can grow."

The company expects to connect with students, faculty and the university -- including through internships for students, student job opportunities and opportunities connected to Nebraska Innovation Studio.

NIC is a research campus designed to facilitate new and in-depth partnerships between the university and private-sector businesses. At full build-out, NIC will be a 2.2-million square-foot campus with uniquely designed buildings and amenities that inspire creative activity and engagement, transforming ideas into global innovation. For more information, click here.

Tetrad Property Group is the private-sector development partner for NIC. Tetrad provides a full range of development services for the campus, including master planning, construction management, leasing and property management. For more information, click here.