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A growing body of clinical evidence shows that anxiety, depression, and stress play a significant role in disease and treatment outcomes.

The technical aspects of discontinued curative care are straightforward. However, the psychosocial and ethical components of transitioning to long-term illness and palliative care are not. Our goal is to apply a holistic approach including clinical research, integration into university curriculum and extended learning, practical versus theoretical training, an interprofessional education series, and resources for staff caregivers and students across all healthcare settings supported by conscious technology.

One of the positive directions of the contemporary healthcare delivery system is the so-called “self-management” movement for patients faced with long-term illness issues. Compelling evidence indicates that active patient participation in the healthcare process has real medical, social, individual and economic benefits. NewPathVR provides psychological resources to patients to address this evidence-backed direction for addressing patient outcomes and costs.

A large market driver for the ever-pressing need for such tools and services is reflected in the growing aging population.

The Aging Population

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As a growing number of the population ages, professional care is increasingly rationed, and there is a greater need — and a very favorable cost/benefit outcome — for patients to actively participate in their own care. For example, the Stanford School of Medicine has a workshop based called Chronic Disease Self-Management Program which is a workshop given two and a half hours, once a week, for six weeks, in community settings such as senior centers, churches, libraries, and hospitals. People with different chronic health problems attend together.

Patients who took the program, when compared to those who did not, demonstrated significant improvements in exercise, cognitive symptom management, communication with physicians, self-reported general health, health distress, fatigue, disability, and social/role activities limitations. They also spent fewer days in the hospital, and there was also a trend toward fewer outpatient visits and hospitalizations. These data yield a cost to savings ratio of approximately 1:4. Many of these results persist for as long as three years.”

Patients in these types of programs could also benefit from access to NewPathVR apps, either as part of other programs or as its own programs.

Our long-term illness solutions aim to improve the quality of life of patients facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering of stress and other issues, physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

Reducing patient anxiety, arming patients with the right information, teaching them to ask the right questions, and encouraging them to take an active role in their palliative care, will result in clinically measurable improvements in psychosocial health, pain control, and quality of life.

There is a growing body of scientific and medical information about the ‘mind-body’ connection which strongly supports NewPathVR’s premise about the benefits of social and psychological resources being available to patients.

Robert Aden PhD. is the ‘father’ of the field of ‘psychoneuroimmunology’ and a professor of psychiatry and psychology at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry. His initial research, dating back as far as the 1970s, served as the beginning of many subsequent studies that have since mapped the vast communications network among immune cells, hormones, and neurotransmitters. This body of research has found that meditation helps reduce arterial plaque; that social bonds improve cancer survival; that people under stress catch more colds; and that placebos work not only on the human mind but also on supposedly insentient cells.

At the core of Dr. Ader’s breakthrough research was his scientific demonstration that stress worsens illness — sometimes even triggering it — and that reducing stress is essential to health care.

Patients and their families are often exposed to inaccurate and misleading information regarding their illness and care. Information obtained from mass media or printed handouts can exacerbate rather than alleviate patient anxiety. Frequently, the best available source of information, doctors, especially those operating in a highly ‘managed’ system, are not available for discussion, or are inadequately trained to meet educational responsibilities, or provide information overload, or use medical terminology that patients do not understand or retain.

NewPathVR’s goal is to assist a broad population of patients in a way that improves the quality of their lives and the efficacy of their care. Virtual reality offers a new medium by which information can be acquired inefficient, innovative, and powerful ways.

NewPathVR programs and content are designed to close the consultative gap, and yet keep individuals returning to a healthcare system with less anxiety which can offer these better informed and prepared subjects more effective and personalized care.

Our goal is to keep people returning to their professional caregivers with less anxiety and a greater capacity to be treated effectively.

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NewPathVR’s Active PsychologyTM

The term ‘psychosocial health’ is defined by the World Health Organization as ‘a state of complete physical mental and social well-being’.

The importance of being mentally, emotionally, socially, and spiritually sound can be lost as we move through life. In a one-size-fits-all solution, one pill was supposed to solve everything! Now we are all learning to the contrary, and there's plenty of substantive proof that a healthy mind and a peaceful soul are just as important for the prevention of diseases and their treatment. Therefore, this concept of psychosocial health, a state of mental, emotional, social, and spiritual well-being, deserves a better look.

NewPathVR is developing an “Active PsychologyTM” layer into all of the experiences. Our Active Psychology draws on key research that shows that VR can create environments that change your perspective of — and actions in — the real world. For decades, researchers have applied these tactics within virtual reality environments towards problems like depression, phobias (fear of public speaking, fear of heights), and social disorders, (depression, anxiety, and PTSD) and they’ve treated patients successfully. It's time for disruption in the approach to psychological wellness and new ideas.

NewPathVR has a library of these psychological and psychosocial mechanisms and is combining them with virtual environments to create effectively positive, personal growth experiences that people keep with them as a lasting impression in the real world.

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VR and Emotional Development

NewPathVR is a transformative technology company that combines the unprecedented access that VR has to the subconscious with extensive psychological research to create powerful new tools for personal and emotional growth. We are concerned with the power of VR to change perceptions of and behaviors in the real world once you take the headset off and believe that integration is a key part of VR's benefit.

NewPathVR is the creator of personal development and emotional intelligence applications in virtual reality. The company uses research-based methods from its proprietary Active PsychologyTM library to create wellness applications for VR with the goal of evoking positive change through transformative technology. We also power the world’s first VR wellness portal — RenewVR.com.

Shedding fears to meet potential

The concepts of "letting go" and "meeting" are intimately connected. When we properly let go we can properly meet our new potential. Whether that's in a romantic relationship or transition in career or just about any new life challenge. When we learn to properly part with, for example, memories, only when we give it a proper closure does our mind allow for the proper formation of new memories to sprout.

Our immersive experiences are categorized in two forms: letting go and meeting. Letting go experiences can mean letting go of fears and all that is associated with fear: stress, anger, indecision, self-doubt. In other words, all the familiar cycles we find ourselves caught up in time and time again.

Meeting experiences are ones where we meet our new potential. The person we always wanted to be and others would be proud of. Meeting our new potential is essentially meeting a new us, by definition unfamiliar and exciting.

Both experiences are challenging in nature. They require more commitment and emotional investment in the user. They ask for our courage, no matter how small a seed.

NewPathVR creates research-driven experiences to help people effectively make changes in themselves that could help them overcome obstacles, live up to their potential, and have better lives.

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Lisa PadillaLisa Padilla

Lisa Padilla is founder and CEO of NewPathVR, a VR company specializing in personal development and emotional intelligence applications in virtual reality. A long-time marketer and advertising professional, she has worked in a wide variety of industries and is strongly focused on multimedia, marketing, and product strategy. Lisa's early career started at advertising agencies Foote, Cone & Belding and Euro RSCG. She studied multimedia at Academy of Art, worked on Apple's first social network called eWorld. Lisa worked at AOL/Netscape, where she oversaw implementation of sponsorship and advertising programs, and also integrated content for news, business, and sports channels. She has worked directly with Apple, Intuit, Hewlett-Packard, LEVIs, and many startups over the years.

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Dr. Michelle Wang

Dr. Michelle Wang, PsyD is an Emotional Intelligence (EQ) coach and international traumatologist. She holds a doctorate in clinical psychology and has been trained in state-of-the-art clinical settings including VA medical centers, centers for survivors of torture, and center for survivors of genocide. For the last decade, Michelle has specialized in the treatment of anxiety, depression, and PTSD. With her extensive research and clinical background, Michelle has been an international trauma consultant for various disaster-relief organizations, assisting with the development of a somatic, body-centered treatment protocol aimed to mitigate the effects of PTSD in school-aged children. Michelle has advanced training in Attachment Theory, Somatic Psychotherapy, Jungian Psychology, Mindfulness and Meditation, Emotionally Focused Therapy (EFT), Relational and Interpersonal frameworks, Psychedelic-Assisted Therapies, and Time-Limited Psychodynamic Therapy (TLDP). She is co-founder and Chief Psychology Officer at NewPathVR.

Eiran Shalev

Eiran Shalev

Eiran Shalev is an experienced technical, hands-on leader with 20 years of professional expertise overseeing top teams on mobile, social, and web technologies for products ranging from multi-player mobile & social games, to streaming video ads to interactive television and more. His recent work includes laying groundwork at Google's Advanced Technologies and Projects (ATAP) team. Prior to that he shaped the technical vision for Disney Interactive's mobile technology platform, helping to scale and deliver it to all game studios. Before that, he spent time at Koolbit, Kabam, and RockYou! He has built more than 50 games. He joins NewPathVR as CTO.

Kristine Rogers

Kristine Rogers

Kristine Rogers joins NewPathVR as VP of Business Development with more than 10 years software, hardware, and consumer and enterprise expertise for both start-ups and global enterprises. She was crucial in the acquisition of Quickoffice by Google as VP of Business Development and OEM Sales for Google. Quickoffice was the #1 Business app in iTunes, #13 top-grossing overall in iTunes and embedded on 70% of all Android devices. She has also served substantial posts at OQO, Microsoft, Kainos, and Plumtree in strategic partner and customer acquisition roles. Kristine is also an avid quantified selfer and biodecoder.

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Kristina Suhr Olsen

Kristina Suhr Olsen is a masters student and researcher in the areas of psychology and virtual reality. Previously she has worked with adults and youth and their families struggling with alcohol, narcotic, and sexual addiction. She has also spent time as a psychological counselor improving health and mental conditions for those dealing with stress at companies in Denmark. She was a volunteer group leader for an association of people diagnosed with anxiety disorders, offering treatment and prevention and activities. She has a bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Copenhagen and is presently serving as VP of Research and Development with NewPathVR in Copenhagen, Denmark.

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Åshild Birgitte Fossum

Åshild (pronounced "ah-sil") Birgitte Fossum is a masters student at The Norwegian School of Economics, one of the leading business schools in Europe. She specializes in business analysis and performance management and will graduate spring 2018. Åshild has experience with banking and financial services but has also worked with communication and strategy in various projects at NHH. With great interest in the interface between business and technology, she is now a participant at The Innovation School, a collaboration between NHH and University of California, Berkeley. Åshild provides marketing and PR help to the team.

DariaDaria Siganova

Daria Siganova is an MBA student at Hult International Business School, she specializes in Marketing and Social Media, and will graduate in 2018 with a dual degree in Marketing. Daria has 5 years experience in Financial Services sector in Banking and Insurance and had worked in strategy and business development, as well as two large transformation projects. She had her BSc in Management from London School of Economics and Political Science, one of the top universities in the UK, and had spent half of her life there. She is interested in all aspects of business, in particular questions involving strategic direction of the company. Daria is currently working on research into social and cultural aspects of the development of AI technology. She has a passion for drawing and digital art.

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Liza Lichtinger

Liza Lichtinger

Named a "Futurist", by Ross Dawson, Liza Lichtinger is among the world's most sought-after individuals in the correlation between well-being and the economy. Liza has a background in psychology and the study of human well-being and human behavior which she applies to the AI applications in big data, digital health and perception Tech (e.g. VR/AR). Her knowledge of behavioral economics led her to study the future interactions between humans and technology, focusing on the intersection of human behavior, exponential technology and human capital development, which is the field of Neuroeconomics. Liza’s educational and professional expertise have made her an authority in the field of human longevity, optimal mental wellness, and applications of mindfulness - and was a pioneer in introducing these to the corporate, academic, spa, recovery and healthcare environments. Liza is a thought leader, author, and speaker.

Fred Davis

Fred Davis

Fred Davis is an experienced entrepreneur, technology pioneer, and public speaker. He has played a part in the tech industry for over 30 years and has been hailed as a technology visionary for pioneering and predicting many innovations and industry trends. Fred played an instrumental role as part of the startup team in two multi-billion dollar startups, CNET and Ask Jeeves (now Ask.com). Fred was also one of the founding team members at Wired magazine, winner of numerous publishing awards. He's written 14 books about computers and technology, including the first book on Desktop Publishing, and the award-winning Windows Bible series. One of the founders of the Ziff-Davis computer publishing division, Fred served as editor of several of the world’s leading computer publications, including PC Magazine, PC Week, A , and MacUser, and ran all of the industry-leading product testing labs at those publications. Today, Fred is working with a number of startups, and is a mentor at several SF startup incubators. He is especially interested in virtual reality and has been a VR advocate for many years.

Michael Gosney

Michael Gosney

Michael Gosney is a multimedia publisher, media and event producer whose work over 30 years has addressed holistic health, spirituality, ecology, technology, and community. He was an early digital media pioneer, publishing Verbum, one of the first desktop published magazines, and the first true multimedia CD-ROM in 1991. His books, media projects and events all have a common thread of technology and consciousness. Based in San Francisco, California Michael is Managing Director of the Techné Verde ICT research project with the Buckminster Fuller Institute, Associate Publisher of Synergetic Press, and the co-founder of the Green Century Institute www.greencentury.institute on sustainable communities.

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Content Writer Intern

NewPathVR is offering an intensive 4-week internship program beginning in June designed for a candidate who wants to explore their career options within the VR landscape while gaining valuable skills at the same time. Oh, and did we mention it’s super fun? Because it is. Trust us, this isn’t your average fetching-coffee internship. You’ll be doing real work, meeting fascinating people, and trying new things!

Here at NewPathVR, our mission is to help people improve their lives using personal development and emotional intelligence tools in virtual reality. We aim to empower individuals to strengthen themselves through the power of this new medium.

NewPathVR is launching a VR wellness network and needs help from knowledgeable content writers who can produce, write and edit content for consumer wellness readers. You will be reviewing VR content, reviewing media of all sorts, and working with content providers in the meditation, fitness, health, spiritual and wellness space. You are excellent at researching and sourcing material and also have the ability to tackle big-picture affairs, issues or news quickly. You have an excellent command of the English language, grammar, and AP Style along with an ability to recognize rising digital or trending topics in real time; while you may specialize in one topic, being able to tap into the current events for all of NewPath's subcategories is crucial.

We are currently looking for interns to write about the wellness industry and VR wellness apps. If you are an aspiring writer, journalist, or content marketer, this is a perfect opportunity to put your writing skills into action, add to your resume or portfolio, learn about VR, gain college credit, and be part of the development of cutting-edge websites. We offer a learning environment with a focus on individual growth, giving you as many marketable job skills as possible, including:

  • Experience in web publishing
  • Experience doing independent research
  • Experience with copywriting

Responsibilities :

  • Research and fact checking
  • Drafting editorial content and marketing copy
  • Copyediting

Requirements :

  • Excellent written and grammatical skills
  • Web savvy
  • Detail oriented
  • Intermediate editing skills
  • Self-motivated
  • Organized
  • Available now

Job Location:

  • San Francisco, CA


Senior Unity Developer

Requirements

  • 1 to 5 years of professional Unity development.
  • Expertise or familiarity with C/C /Java, HTML/XML, Python, JavaScript, and scripting languages in general.
  • Familiarity with high-performance real-time audio modifiers (vocoding/autotuning) in Unity.
  • Experience or familiarity with shader/GLSL skills or other particle effect l33tness.
  • Experience with interaction/character rigging and integration of gesture interactions with motion controllers a plus.
  • Have shipped titles.

Responsibilities

  • Architect high-performance scalable mobile, PC, or console solutions for VR applications and gaming experiences.
  • Partner with designers, product managers, and colleagues to implement UX/UI, design, and audio.
  • Create unit tests for robustness, including edge cases, usability, and general reliability.
  • Continue to design and implement new functionality and features for an improved user experience.
  • Complete bug fixing and improve application performance.
  • Develop technology and tools for the project and production pipeline.
  • Defining and maintaining technical requirements for project assets.
  • Integration of networking code and features.
  • Research new technologies to keep Within at the forefront of VR content creation including but not limited to:
  • Character and creature control integration

Optional, but a major plus

  • BS/MS degree in Computer Science, Engineering or a related subject
  • Knowledge of VR development
  • Knowledge of Unity plug-in development
  • Experience working with a start-up

Senior Marketing Manager

Are you passionate about playing at the intersection of technology and wellness? Would you like to work in one of the most exciting areas in all of technology with NewPathVR?

The Role:

NewPathVR is looking for a Senior Manager, Marketing to help identify, license and manage a portfolio of virtual reality experiences across the wellness categories on a global scale. This is one of the most exciting times to be at the intersection of technology and content and it is the mission of the NewPathVR team to build a dynamic offering that reflects the emotional and physical needs of its users as the industry evolves.

As an integral part of the team, you will negotiate license agreements and ideate on new business models for new content partners, from NDAs to term sheets to long-form platform agreements. The ability to clearly communicate the NewPathVR ecosystem and NewPathVR opportunities externally to independent developers, major production studios, consumer product companies, and technology entities is crucial. The role also requires working closely with various internal business units - product, engineering, content operations, marketing and business development – to understand how new features/devices/process have an impact on potential partnerships. You have strong negotiating skills, understanding of distribution models, working knowledge of financial modeling.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Identify content opportunities and assist in defining an overall global content strategy for NewPathVR, across verticals in line with platform feature road map
  • Perform business analysis of potential content partnerships and negotiate agreements accordingly
  • Work cross-functionally across worldwide content and product teams to optimize opportunities for content creators and maintain a high level of content quality
  • Manage and track a significant number of projects and data constantly looking for efficiencies in aggregating and sharing to improve processes as the business evolves
  • Lead compilation and prioritization of developer feedback and feature requests for platform product roadmap
  • Prepare weekly reports and presentations as needed focused on key business intelligence, market analysis, competitive analysis, industry trends and insights as well as tracking KPIs

General Requirements:

  • BA/BS required, MBA preferred but not required
  • 8 years of content acquisition/licensing work experience required with prior television, studio, management consulting or media-focused technology experience
  • Strong financial and quantitative analysis experience
  • An avid consumer of content across traditional, digital and social media with a passion for virtual reality and storytelling
  • Possesses an existing network of content creators and developers or proven ability to navigate content and developer ecosystem
  • Working knowledge of VR technology (e.g. platforms, software, and cameras)
  • A strategic and entrepreneurial thinker with an ability to manage and process detailed information while keeping perspective on the bigger picture
  • Demonstrated mastery of verbal and written communication skills including the ability to cultivate internal and external relationships
  • Ability to think, plan and execute resourcefully, across multiple tasks, with minimal supervision and change direction frequently with excellent project and time management skills
  • Mastery of Microsoft Word, Excel, and Powerpoint are a must

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