HCS Pharma is a relatively new (founded in 2014) French biotechnological startup that is presently focusing on in vitro preclinical research, emphasizing cellular imagery. They’re working in the fields of dermocosmetology, toxicology, and pharmacology right now, and are bringing a lot to the table, including research into the aging process and ways to combat it, DNA damage protection, cosmetic custom assays, genotoxicity, hepatotoxicity, and even phenotypic screening tests that will provide new ways to discover insights about target molecules and biological compounds that are involved in complex pathologies such as neurodegenerative diseases and cancer.
If you’re thinking this sounds like a delicate and complicated undertaking, you’re right. It will take dedicated researchers with great ideas about precise processes, and a lot of care. In May 2017, the perfect team stepped up to the plate. Very much like Stryker’s OR initiative, the HCS Pharma team is using Microsoft Hololens and Mixed Reality to create a clear visualization of their workspace and tools. Because of this, they can visualize equipment in an ordered way, and the images are the same size as the real tools that will be used in the research processes. You can take a look at the tech in the video below.
This program represents the architectural basis of every lab that HCS Pharma will continue on to create, not just this one. The consistency is important for improving the technology, especially early on, and allowing them to reasonably see where changes need to be made and what can be improved. It allows them to be more productive by not having to create a completely new OS every time they create a new lab, and will increase their speed and the quality of their results, as well.
Can you picture what a laboratory could look like with this technology behind the bench? Analysts and technicians can view their lab in a way that’s never been possible before, and make changes to it even a month before delivery. We’ve seen this technology in the operating rooms before, but with it now in the lab as well, what’s the next step? We could certainly stand to see a better imagenology unit organized this way, or even a hemodialysis center using this tech. Surely it’s only a matter of time until we see this program all over the medical world, but until then, we know one thing for certain: AR is on the cutting edge of making doctors, researchers, and other medical professionals more productive and more precise.
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