Virgo Surgical Video Solutions, Inc.

< 10 Employees
< 10 Engineers
$2M - $5M Funding
Pre-Series A

Virgo is developing a variety of AI tools for endoscopic medical procedures like colonoscopy, upper endoscopy, and bronchoscopy — check out this feature from Google as an example https://coral.withgoogle.com/news/virgo-svs. Historically, the videos from these procedures weren't saved. Our first product is an automated cloud video capture solution which enables doctors to seamlessly record their procedure videos for research, training, and quality improvement applications.

Since launching in May 2018, we've captured over 55,000 procedure videos — the largest data set of its kind — from leading institutions like Northwestern, University of Virginia, and Mayo Clinic. We're now utilizing that data to develop more sophisticated AI-based video analytics.

Active Roles
Why join us?
  • We have the largest, most diverse, and fastest growing video data set in endoscopy. Currently over 55,000 procedure videos and growing over 6,000 new procedures per month. These videos come from some of the top medical centers in the country.

  • We are about to kick off pilots with two of the largest integrated health systems in the country — Kaiser Permanente and Advocate Aurora Health.

  • In a highly regulated industry (healthcare) we've focused on rapidly bringing products to market that don't require FDA clearance, yet still have a high impact. On our roadmap, we will be developing automated video analysis tools and a platform to match patients with eligible clinical trials based on their procedure video.


Engineering at Virgo Surgical Video Solutions, Inc.
Engineering team and processes

Virgo's engineering team is currently small (but growing!) with our CTO and one jr. software engineer. Our CEO is also fairly technical and will jump in to contribute from time to time, particularly around machine learning problems. We try to run as close to 2 week sprints as possible, though occasionally there's some flexibility depending on the problems at hand. While our team is small, our stack is large — with elements of hardware, embedded software, video streaming, cloud storage/computing, and a user-friendly web interface for our users. With that in mind, we like engineers who are comfortable all over the stack and quick learners when faced with something outside their comfort zone.

Technical Challenges

We stream a very large (and soon to be massive) amount of video data constantly. This video needs to be properly ingested and then muxed into the appropriate clips. All in a secure, HIPAA compliant fashion.

Our product pipeline includes interesting challenges around voice capture/recognition and machine learning for automated video analysis.

Projects you might work on
  • You would work on implementing a new streaming protocol for our video capture devices to improve efficiency, reduce dropped video data, and enable bi-directional device communication.

  • You would work on implementing voice capture/recognition using a far-field microphone array, enabling doctors to dictate notes during their procedures and hear the audio on playback.

  • We are constantly making improvements to our user portal. Future features include: cloud-based video editing tools, integrated video assessment forms, and a video analytics dashboard.

Tech stack
Python
Google Cloud
Tensorflow
Go
PostgreSQL
Django
JavaScript
Vue.js
OpenCV
Ffmpeg
Numpy
Keras

Working at Virgo Surgical Video Solutions, Inc.

We're a hard working bunch, yet flexible when needed to respect the importance of personal time. We're very open about our successes and the challenges facing the company, highlighted by a bi-weekly strategy meeting. More than anything, we really care about improving healthcare. All new employees go through an 8 week Colon Class to learn about anatomy, pathology, procedures, and health technology.

Generous Vacation

unlimited vacation (suggested at least 14 days)

Travel

We're happy to get engineers onsite with customers to help out on installations and just get a better sense of our users. Observing procedures is fascinating and very rewarding.

Pet Friendly

We're all pet lovers. Unfortunately, our CEO's cat Bruce doesn't like to leave the house. Other well-behaved pets are welcome!

Workshops/Conferences

In the past, we've sent engineers to Google Cloud Next and GlueCon

Flexible Hours

We shoot for hours of at least 9:30am to 5pm, but we're flexible when things pop up. More than anything we care about productivity. Our CEO, Matt likes to burn the candle at both ends and will gladly hang at the office with engineers for moral support and problem solving as long as you want :)

Health Insurance

We provide full medical, dental, and vision

Beautiful Office

Our office is in a lively part of San Francisco, just on the border of North Beach and Chinatown. There are too many great food options to list and plenty of neat bars nearby. Our office itself is very comfortable with a couch, some TV's, and a mini fridge. Motorized standing desks for all, and there's even an electronic drum set in the shared area of our office building.


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