Co-founder & Chief Executive Officer
Nicolas is the CEO of VirtualiSurg and one of the co-founders. He is passionate about the transmission of knowledge and know-how, and about technological breakthroughs and innovations applied to the field of training. Nicolas has a background as a law teacher and then as a Human Resources Director. He has always worked in close contact with the medical world and the world of higher education. He has been Director General of Services for several French universities (University of Versailles, University of Paris Descartes, now Université Paris Cité). For Nicolas, VirtualiSurg is the lever to improve the quality of care in the world, to respond to demographic challenges and to contribute to the excellence of each health professional in his daily practice.
In his spare time, Nicolas reads philosophical essays, and he is particularly interested in the writings of Spinoza.
Elen Collaço, PhD
Co-founder & Chief Technological Officer
Passionate about immersive technologies, a gamer from the early 90s and award winner in robotics and human-computer interface, Elen holds a PhD in Electrical and Computer Engineering from the Polytechnic School of Sao Paulo. Elen’s goal was to prove how immersion and haptic technology impact the performance of clinical students in a dental procedure. Elen was also intrigued by how to mathematically model expert surgeons to promote automated assessment at scale. Elen was the lead researcher and co-creator of the award-winning VIDOdonto project developed at Polytechnic School of Sao Paulo in 2015. Her research was supported primarily by FAPESP Project Grants.
As the CTO and co-founder of VirtualiSurg, Elen implements all the knowledge that has been scientifically proven to create incredible, scalable, state-of-the-art learning platforms. Elen leads a team of extremely talented minds who come from the world’s top computer science and engineering schools. Elen also brought VIDOdonto’s team of highly trained engineers to VirtualiSurg. Now working together since 2015.
Elen also appreciates good food and nature. In her freetime, you can find Elen enjoying authentic French cuisine in Paris or sailing around a beautiful island off the coast of Brazil, not forgetting her VR headset in her backpack of course.
Co-founder & Strategic Advisor
Prof. Patrick Pessaux, MD
Co-founder & Chairman of Medical and Scientific board
Scientific & Medical Board
The medical and scientific strategy is defined by an advisory board of experts. It is chaired by Prof. Patrick Pessaux.
Composition of the medical and scientific board of VirtualiSurg
Prof. Patrick Pessaux
Prof. Sébastien Froelich
Prof. Gérard Friedlander
Prof. Franck Duteille
Dr. Guillaume Pourcher