The SofMedica group, European leader in innovative technologies intended to fight against the main causes of mortality in the world, appoints Angeliki Karava to the position of general manager of ISLE ACADEMY in all its locations where the entity is already established: Romania, Greece, Hungary, Bulgaria, and Cyprus. Thus, ISLE Academy (Innovation, Simulation, Learning, Ecosystem), becomes a transnational legal entity distinct from the SofMedica group, alongside the four other existing entities – SOFMEDICA, EMERALD, MEDCITY and MEDILEASING. In addition, ISLE ACADEMY was the first minimally invasive surgery simulation center in CEE.
Angeliki Karava is a microbiologist with postgraduate studies in the Division of Virology (School of Pathology) at the University of Manchester, UK and in the Department of Economics at the National Kapodistrian University of Athens, in Greece. She has extensive experience in the global healthcare industry, starting as a supervisor in research and diagnostic labs, moving into senior commercial roles in multinational medical device and pharmaceutical companies. His former employers include BioMérieux, Edwards Lifesciences, Baxter and FAMAR.
“Throughout my professional career, I have been passionate about transforming the healthcare sector through cutting-edge technologies and new concepts for their implementation. Being entrusted with this leading role in the ISLE ACADEMY and being surrounded by exceptional professionals, under the umbrella of the SofMedica Group, whose companies have a long history of providing innovative medical technologies and models, with particular emphasis on quality and education, is an important step. for me. I look forward to taking on this new challenge, to working closely with this wonderful team and the University community to provide an inspiring center of education with the aim of materializing every pious wish expressed by the healthcare professionals of each hospital, in a realistic and accessible way. . I am very grateful and honored for this opportunity,” said Angeliki Karava, General Manager of ISLE Academy.
“With the appointment of Angeliki and the integration of his strategic role in our organization across the five countries, the SofMedica Group reinforces its long-term investment in the medical systems of the region, continuing a tradition of more than 27 years. We combine technological innovation and relevant training to improve the work of healthcare professionals who save patients’ lives. With ISLE Academy operating as a stand-alone entity, our investment in education, and more importantly, the effort to provide visionary HCPs with ongoing training to the highest standards, will be easier than ever. As providers of truly innovative technologies, we see a focus on lifelong learning as a prerequisite for lasting progress in the fight against deadly diseases. ” says Georgios Sofianos, CEO of SofMedica Group.
ISLE ACADEMY has its own direct footprint in three EU countries to date, Romania (established in 2019), Greece (established in 2018) and Bulgaria, centers that have contributed to education and training practice of more than 20,000 healthcare professionals. So far, the group has invested six million euros in assets and plans to double this investment over the next three years. Since the creation of ISLE Academy’s predecessor in 2008 and its rebranding in 2018, ISLE has achieved a successful experience in 10 cities and five countries, with permanent innovation and simulation and learning centers in Athens and Bucharest and ISLE mobile in Sofia and Pleven. . Currently, SofMedica Group is working to establish the physical presence of ISLE ACADEMY in the remaining locations, recently taking further steps with Budapest. Additionally, the company has added new features to its hands-on workshops, such as remote viewing of cases and 3D printing of organs for preoperative training.
Some of the new training areas for healthcare professionals cover preoperative preparation, case observation or telemonitoring. SOFMEDICA GROUP thus undertakes to invest massively in the lifelong training of healthcare professionals in the region, to enhance their experience and to offer them the necessary clinical and technical support.
In partnership and under the aegis of the best medical universities in the region, as well as local scholarships in robotic surgery, the company seeks to create a strong and unique ecosystem focused on learning and innovation. Within ISLE ACADEMY centers, medical professionals have the opportunity to test the da Vinci robotic surgery system, the world’s most advanced equipment for minimally invasive surgery.
The da Vinci system offers the best benefits for both the surgeon and the patient. Today, there are more than 40 da Vinci programs in our five countries, with the goal of developing more than 50 programs by the end of 2022. Currently, there are 13 DaVinci programs in Romania, 12 in Greece, 3 in Hungary , 11 in Bulgaria and 3 in Cyprus. The potential for robot-assisted surgery using da Vinci surgery is growing every year, with more than 10 million operations performed to date, including 1.5 million in 2021. The potential for robot-assisted surgery using da Vinci systems Vinci is growing more and more each year, with more than 10 million operations carried out to date, including 1.5 million in 2021.