Immersive virtual reality as a competitive training strategy for the biopharma industry

Philip Wismer, Ainara Lopez Cordoba, Sarune Baceviciute, Frederik Clauson-Kaas, Morten Otto Alexander Sommer*

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Original languageEnglish
JournalNature Biotechnology
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)116-119
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2021

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The authors would like to thank our collaborators from the biopharma industry, A. Pittelkov, J. Scholl-Fleischer, S. Martinussen, J. N. Sørensen and F. Christensen, for providing reagents and equipment, co-creating the VR simulation and organizing the interventions at the production schools. We would like to acknowledge L. Dam Pedersen, K. Juul Thomson, M. Nielsen Gravholt and M. Lyhne Haslund for inviting us to conduct this study at their schools. Acknowledgements also to our metrology experts N. Vad Eiberg, H. Graulund and T. Bolt Botnen for training students in real life and assessing their practical skills. Great thanks to M. Mouritz Marfelt for initiating and negotiating the collaboration with the biopharma industry. Our thanks also go to S. Stauffer, A. Mortensen and E. Durand, who helped with instructing participants on how to use the VR headsets on the training days. We would like to acknowledge D. Franke, S. Tjong, H. Hansen and N. Dewa for their relentless effort creating the VR simulation. Finally, our thanks go to C. Tachibana for copyediting. The study was funded by Innovation Fund Denmark, large-scale project 5150-00033, SIPROS. M.O.A.S. further acknowledges funding from the Novo Nordisk Foundation under NFF grant number NNF10CC1016517.

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A.L.C. and F.C.-K. are employees of Labster ApS. P.W. and S.B. received funding from a joint grant between the University of Copenhagen, the Technical University of Denmark and Labster ApS, where they were formerly employed. P.W, A.L.C. and F.C.-K. hold warrants in Labster ApS according to the length of their employment.

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