The next X-ray? Seattle startup Proprio raises $23M to build high-tech surgical navigation system

Seattle startup Proprio has raised more cash to help build out its surgical technology that some investors believe will be just as transformative as the X-ray.

The 4-year-old company announced a $23 million Series A investment round led by DCVC, with participation from Cota Capital, BOLD Capital Partners, and Alan Frazier, founder of Frazier Healthcare Partners.

Proprio has a bold vision to change the way surgeons work with help of advanced technologies such as computer vision, robotics, artificial intelligence, augmented and virtual reality, and medical imaging.

The University of Washington spinout is developing a complete hardware-software solution with overhead cameras, head-mounted displays, and more. The system produces a live, real-time fused image allowing surgeons to essentially look inside a body without having to glance at another screen.

“It’s a hard thing to wrap your head around,” Proprio CEO Gabriel Jones told GeekWire. “But it’s like X-ray vision without the X-ray, in 3D.”

The idea is to rely less on traditional tools such as microscopes, loupes, monitors, and radiological imagery. Proprio aims to help lower surgical error rates, simplify workflow, and reduce exposure to radiation.

By Taylor Soper | GeekWire

Image Credit: Proprio


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