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Virtualis, a pioneer for health applications

Information updated on 12/07/18

Virtualis offers solutions for professionals to improve treatment for dizziness, sea-sickness, and even phobias, as well as functional rehabilitation following a stroke. The company was founded in May 2015 in Montpellier by physical therapist Franck Assab

Franck Assaban, kiné montpelliérain et créateur de Virtualis (crédits : Virtualis)

Franck Assaban, Montpellier physical therapist, founder of Virtualis (@Virtualis)

Virtualis implements virtual reality to treat balance problems and improve functional re-education.

"Virtual reality is revolutionary," ensures Franck Assaban, the Montpellier physical therapist who founded Virtualis in May 2015. The startup is located at the Cap Alpha incubator. "After three years of development, our pioneering line of solutions for balance-related problems has reached one-third of the specialized professionals in this niche field in France." Virtualis is seeking to expand its horizons by exploring rehabilitation (motor, cognitive...), and its solution is already being used by several rehabilitation centers, including in nearby Lamalou les Bains. Another application being developed by Virtualis is a solution for treating sea-sickness and phobias. "About fifteen teams in France are performing their studies using our tools, including the Montpellier CHU, Toulouse CNES, and CNRS in Marseille." Virtualis, laureate at the "Physical Therapist 3.0" conference in Angers, France, in late 2017, has sold its solutions in 14 countries.

"Contact with patients helps us create ergonomic solutions"

Assisted since 2015 by Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole BIC, the startup will focus on its internal organization in 2018. Franck Assaban has already hired a director of operations, Laurent Froin. In March, a Quality director will join the seven-person team, which includes three developers. Virtualis is also planning to hire three additional people. In the spring of 2018, an American group is expected to launch worldwide distribution of Virtualis solutions. The company would like to raise funds by this coming summer.

A busy entrepreneur, Franck Assaban teaches at the university, speaks at conferences, and practices two days a week at his physical therapy office. "Contact with patients helps us create ergonomic solutions, without useless clicking." Admitting that he "hardly has time to get away from work," he appreciated talking about e-health with France's Secretary of State in charge of Digital Affairs, Mounir Mahjoubi, and Montpellier Méditerranée Métropole Vice President, Chantal Marion, at Montpellier's "French Tech Totem" in November. "I discovered other innovative creators with whom we could collaborate."

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