Gösta Forsslund was the first Oral- and Maxillofacial surgeon in Sweden in the early 1950’s. One of his ambitions was to spread his knowledge of performing operations with less patient risk using the most sterilizable tools at the time.
His son Hans Forsslund followed in Göstas footsteps, also specializing in Oral- and Maxillofacial Surgery. As the municipal chief of dental care, Hans Forsslund took on the task of teaching dentist to perform non-advanced surgical procedures such as extraction of wisdom teeth.
When it was time for Hans’ son, Jonas Forsslund, to do his Masters thesis to become a Computer Science Engineer he chose to focus on a problem that Karolinska Institutet had: how to teach surgical extraction of wisdom teeth without patient risk in a simulator. Jonas developed a prototype of a simulator in collaboration with his father and received positive feedback from surgery teachers at Karolinska Institutet. In the spring 2008 Jonas and Hans Forsslund, together with the entrepreneur Holger Ronquist, went on to incorporate Forsslund Systems AB.
Forsslund Systems Board of Directors has since then expanded with an additional engineer and CTO, Martin Flodin, and a Sales Manager, Stefan Stensson.
Forsslund Systems Today
Forsslund Systems headquarters is now located within the medieval wall in central Visby, on the island of Gotland. Forsslund Systems has an ongoing process of developing and improving the Kobra, working both with the haptic device and the software. It is inportant to Forsslund Systems to participate in medical and dental conferences and to work closely with academic institutions to keep up with the state of knowledge in the field of surgery simulators. Forsslund Systems simulators are being used as a part of the dental surgery education at Rīga Stradiņš University and subject for academic reaserch at Karolinska Institutetet in Stockholm.