Despite having absolutely no personal knowledge of biology or technology, let alone biotechnology - when I stumbled across Upside Biotechnologies, a company offering regenerative medicine solutions for severe burn patients, I knew that I was on to something revolutionary. This amazing New Zealand start-up has managed to develop the fastest technology for growing human skin to date and can grow enough skin to cover an entire human body in just 16 days. 16 days. In just over two weeks, this company can totally change the life of a severe burn victim.
How can you train a new doctor, straight out of med school, how to carry out a high-pressure surgery without the risk that comes with letting them loose on someone's aunty Nancy? How can you train an engineer, fresh on the job, how to operate heavy machinery for building megastructures or how to carry out processes on an oil rig without directly placing them in the situation and hoping they don't cock it up. A lot of these hazardous, high-pressure situations can't be accurately simulated and the only way employees can accurately learn is through trial and error, putting themselves and others at risk. New Zealand has over 6000 work related injuries every year - generally due to poor or insufficient training. I had the opportunity to have a chat to Henry Lane, managing director of Corvecto, the company providing the solution - virtual reality training.
Like many girls that have come before me, I went through a phase in my pre-pubescent years of watching YouTubers of the likes of Zoella, sitting around in their rooms, making videos reviews of the truckloads of free makeup they had been sent and all the clothing they had recently purchased, and being paid to do so. Imagine being given free things every day or being paid to try on some foundation and tell people "how "pigmented it is", or that it has "amazing coverage".