New Canine Synthetic Cadaver from SynDaver – Funding Campaign Launched

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TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa biotechnology company unveiled their latest creation on Tuesday, a new skinless breed of dog, which will result in thousands of animals being saved as it is distributed. SynDaver Labs, the world’s leading manufacturer of synthetic humans, unveiled the SynDaver Synthetic Canine and launched a $24 million crowdfunding campaign. The campaign will begin to end a process known as terminal surgery labs. The product will immediately end the need for terminal surgery labs in veterinary medical schools and represents the beginning of the end of animal testing in general. The SynDaver Synthetic Canine is not only a skinless dog, but rather an extremely detailed and realistic surgical trainer.

It will provide veterinary students with an anatomically accurate and realistic platform to practice surgical procedures. Similar to the SynDaver Synthetic Human, the canine utilizes SynDaver’s patented SynTissue, which mimics living tissue, includes a full list of functioning bodily systems, and has the capability to simulate customized diseases, illnesses and medical complications. The synthetic dog even has a heart with a heartbeat, a circulatory system, and bleeds when surgical cuts are made. In addition to launching the SynDaver Synthetic Canine, the company also announced the launch of one of the most ambitious crowdfunding campaigns in history.

SynDaver hopes to raise $24 million through their campaign page on Indiegogo.com. If the company is successful with the campaign, SynDaver will provide up to 20 synthetic canines to each accredited veterinary college around the world, completely free of charge. By providing each veterinary college with a full complement of their new synthetic canines at no cost, SynDaver will effectively eliminate the practice of terminal surgery labs. In veterinary medicine, terminal surgery labs involve teaching students how to perform certain surgeries on live, anesthetized shelter animals, and then euthanizing the animal immediately following the procedure. The SynDaver Synthetic Canine will also eliminate the need for canine cadavers, which are also typically euthanized animals from shelters.

While these kinds of labs are not as widely used as they once were, many veterinary colleges across the U.S. and around the globe still rely on terminal procedures to educate students. “If we launched this product organically, it might take us a decade to put canine cadavers into every veterinary college and many more animals would die needlessly as a result,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, chief technology officer and founder of SynDaver Labs. “With the help of the crowdfunding campaign, we can do this practically overnight, and start to put an end to terminal labs for good.” According to experts, this technology will save thousands of lives and revolutionize veterinary medicine education. The SynDaver Synthetic Canine is similar to their human products.



The canine models are anatomically accurate, with fat, fascia planes, all bones, muscles, ligaments, fully articulating joints, and each of the bodily systems. The product has been acclaimed by experts in the veterinary industry and has even garnered the support of Dr. Michael Blackwell, the chief veterinary officer of the Humane Society of the United States. “A significant number of students do not care to be involved in terminal surgery procedures or the use of live animals when there is an alternative,” said Blackwell. “I am so happy to have this change because that is where we need to be today.” SynDaver has been working closely with the University of Florida, College of Veterinary Medicine throughout the development of the SynDaver Synthetic Canine to create the most lifelike and realistic synthetic canine possible.

If SynDaver exceeds their $24 million crowdfunding goal, the company plans to begin working on the SynDaver Synthetic Feline next. There are also plans to develop synthetic horses and cows. To learn more about ending terminal surgery labs, visit endterminallabs.com. About SynDaver Labs SynDaver Labs manufactures synthetic humans for training in schools, hospitals and military installations. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts, and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes, and related products. SynDaver Labs is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and employs nearly 100 people. The company also has an advanced research facility located in Phoenix, Arizona and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and Latin America.

Learn more at the Syndaver Labs website today!


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Syndaver Showcases Synthetic Cadaver and EMS SimulationIQ Partnership at IMSH 2016

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In this video interview from the IMSH 2016 exhibit hall, we learn more about a new partnership between Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ to increase the learning opportunities for those that are educating healthcare learners with synthetic cadavers. Watch this exclusive HealthySimulation.com video interview from the trade show floor to learn more about Syndaver’s Anatomy Model and this new A/V recording / statistics capturing partnership with EMS SimulationIQ:

About the New Partnership:

During the three-day conference the two companies will demonstrate what they believe to be the most medically accurate and comprehensive medical training simulation system built to date. This system will utilize a combination of SynDaver’s flagship Synthetic Patient model and EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ operating platform.

The SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most life-like synthetic human mannequin ever created, while EMS’s SIMULATIONiQ platform provides software and equipment that drives the entire simulation process and provides feedback, debriefings and audio and visual playbacks.

“We are excited to form this partnership with SynDaver Labs,” said Anurag Singh, CEO of EMS. “By integrating with these mannequins, SIMULATIONiQ customers are able to analyze and assess data over time, enabling our customers to better track the progression of learning.”

By forming this partnership, SynDaver Labs and EMS hope to establish a new standard for medical simulation training systems and better prepare students in the healthcare industry for real-world medical emergencies and patient-care protocols.

“We are constantly looking for ways to provide better products to our clients, and this new partnership with EMS will allow us to do exactly that,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, President and founder of SynDaver Labs. “We are thrilled to begin demonstrating the SIMULATIONiQ platform in conjunction with our Synthetic Human at IMSH, and know this is a step in the right direction for the medical education industry as a whole.”

Learn more about Syndaver and EMS SimulationIQ!

7 Useful Articles For Healthcare Champions

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Today we share 7 articles that are relevant for simulation champions to consider, some of which are beyond the walls of our industry. Consider these insights:

  1. What Breathes and Bleeds but Doesn’t Suffer or Feel Pain? – Introduction to Syndaver and its synthetic tissue products (from LinkedIn)
  2. Austin lab, hospital partner to create new surgical tool – Seton Healthcare Family showed off the prototype of a new simulation task trainer that doctors are calling an innovation in the surgical suite.
  3. Train as you’re going to fight: The importance of Reality Based Training (LinkedIn)
  4. A Regional Sim Portfolio (LinkedIn) – Request to the community to create regional share hubs for simulation resources.
  5. Medical Simulation Theory: Canary In Mineshaft (LinkedIn)- Medical Simulators are often used in a similar manner to the Canary – to warn us of skills deficits in our students, or more commonly – our Teaching!
  6. Vision Disrupters: Virgin Wants to Change Education – “Experiential learning is much more likely to have an impact on young people, and is more enjoyable for both students and teachers.”
  7. The Best TED Talks of 2015 by Justin Bariso (LinkedIn) – Check out some highlight “must see” TED talks from you may have missed from 2015!

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SynDaver Labs Gives Away $1.5 million in Stock to Employee for Christmas

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The holiday cheer is strong with SynDaver this Winter! What a commitment to employees and to medical education!

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver Labs kicked off the holiday season by giving away $1.5 million dollars of company stock to their employees at their company Christmas party this past Friday. 

The private stock offering was distributed to all of SynDaver Labs’ employees in non-management positions. The company is in the early stages of planning for an initial public offering and although a date has not yet been set, the IPO is on track to launch in 2018.

The stock giveaway was the latest surprise for employees who also received a company-wide 20 percent salary raise in November. Other employee benefits include comprehensive insurance programs, paid vacation, fitness classes, nutrition counseling and free fresh produce.

Established in 2004 and featured on the ABC television show Shark Tank in the beginning of this year, SynDaver Labs has experienced massive growth in 2015 and looks to continue their success in 2016. In addition to Shark Tank, SynDaver’s products have been featured on Mythbusters, Grey’s Anatomy and the series finale of CSI.

The Tampa-based business is not only sharing its success with each of its current employees but is also focused on creating more jobs in the community.

“The holidays are all about giving back and in addition to our Holiday Toys-for-tots toy drive, we also wanted to show our employees how much we appreciate their hard work,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, chief technology officer and founder of SynDaver Labs. “SynDaver has huge plans for the upcoming year, we are hopeful that we can double our employees by the end of 2016.”

About SynDaver Labs
SynDaver Labs manufactures synthetic humans for training in schools, hospitals and military installations. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts, and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes, and related products. SynDaver Labs is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and employs nearly 100 people. The company also has an advanced research facility located in Phoenix, Arizona and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and Latin America.

Learn more at SynDaver.com today!

SynDaver Labs Provides FREE EKG Simulator Software App for Android Devices

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The SynDaver EKG simulator can be run along with any medical training manikin to add another layer of realism to your simulations. The app offers a standalone mode where variables can be set by an intuitive slider based interface.

Visit Google Play to Download the App for Free today!

Variables that are currently able to be set include beats per minute, systolic pressure, diastolic pressure, respiration rate, SPO2, and temperature. These values are displayed both numerically and by color coordinated dynamic waveform with mutable audio indicators for the heart rate.

It also offers Bluetooth control, when the same app is installed on two paired android devices, allowing an instructor to update the display remotely in real time in response to student interactions or to modify the training scenario on the fly. The app currently offers three preset states with more planned in the future. Plans for other future additions include changing variables over time and preset creation.

Additional instructions for usage can be found on Syndaver’s Website!

 


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SynDaver Labs Receives $3M Investment On Shark Tank

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*UPDATE*: Unfortunately the deal fell through but Syndaver is still moving forward with new hires! Read more through the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

If you watch the popular investment show “Shark Tank” then you already know that on Friday’s episode of last Week (S6E28) that medical simulation company Syndaver received $3 million in funding in exchange for 25% equity of the company from celebrity investor Robert Herjavec. Congratulations to Dr. Sakezles and Syndaver for their amazing success. We look forward to seeing increased utilization of their awesome products in our medical education training.

Below is the recent press release on the Syndaver Website:

“TAMPA, Fla. – Celebrity investor and businessman, Robert Herjavec, offered $3 million to Dr. Christopher Sakezles, a Tampa scientist, for a stake in his Tampa-based company, SynDaver Labs, Friday on the television show Shark Tank.

Sakezles accepted the offer on national television and plans for the new partnership are being finalized.

SynDaver is currently hiring, and over the next few years, Sakezles plans on creating more than 500 jobs in Tampa, where the company is headquartered, and Phoenix, where the company has an advanced research facility.

“I’m very pleased with the outcome of the Shark Tank appearance,” said Sakezles. “We were able to secure exactly what we were looking for and what we needed to continue our growth.”

Sakezles, a Tampa-native, founded SynDaver Labs in 2004 when he needed to test medical devices he was developing, but didn’t have funding for the required animal studies. As a result, SynDaver Labs was born.

Every product or procedure designed to be used on humans is required by the Food and Drug Administration or the Consumer Product Safety Commission to be proven safe and effective via simulated use testing. SynDaver’s Synthetic Human is an ethical and cost-effective way to get this done.

“This is obviously good not only for ethical reasons, but also because avoiding animal use saves a great deal of time and money,” said Sakezles. “So, I started designing synthetic organs to test devices and over time they became very elaborate.”

According to Sakezles, the SynDaver Synthetic Human is the most sophisticated hands-on surgical simulator ever devised. It bleeds, breathes and even the pupils dilate when they are exposed to light.

“We are the only company in the world that makes synthetic cadavers,” Sakezles says. “And all other anatomical models on the market are made from plastic or rubber, while ours are made from a proprietary library of more than 100 synthetic human tissues.”

The SynDaver Synthetic Human is used primarily for surgical simulation, medical training, and medical device development testing.

The model includes skin with fat and fascia planes, all bones, muscles, tendon and ligaments, fully articulating joints, a functioning respiratory system with trachea, lungs and diaphragm, complete digestive tract from esophagus to rectum, urinary tract with kidneys, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen and reproductive organs. A functioning circulatory system with heart, coronaries, aorta, vena cava and vasculature to the extremities is also included.

The system works with all known imaging equipment, including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and all known surgical systems – even those that employ energy such as lasers.

A base model is scheduled to be released soon, which will cost approximately $25,000, while the ultra-high-end Synthetic Human Patient currently retails for around $100,000.

About SynDaver Labs

SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties and all SynDaver tissues are made from water, salts, and fibers. The company currently has 10 patents on these materials, processes, and related products. SynDaver Labs is headquartered in Tampa, Florida and employs more than 100 people. The company also has an advanced research facility located in Phoenix, Arizona and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe, and Latin America.”

Do you utilize SynDaver products? Rate and review them on Konsiderate.com where their Suture Pads currently have a 5/5 star rating!

Again, Congratulations to Dr.Sakezles and SynDaver Labs!

(Watch the Shark Tank SynDaver clip here).

Learn more at SynDaver.com

SynDaver Animae Prototype Synthetic Tissue Cadaver

SynDaver Labs recently released this awe-inspiring video which demonstrates their prototype “Animae” synthetic tissue cadaver.

The $50,000 synthetic human “Animae is the first animated model from our award-winning SynDaver™ Synthetic Human (SSH) product line. The model includes standard SSH funtionality, as well as the ability to control motion of the arms, legs, head and jaw using a separate control panel.

SynDaver™ Animae includes skin with fat and fascia planes, every bone, muscle, tendon, and ligament in the body, fully articulating joints, a functioning respiratory system including trachea, lungs, and diaphragm, a complete digestive tract from the esophagus to rectum, the urinary tract (kidneys, bladder, and urethra), visceral organs (liver, gall bladder, pancreas, spleen), reproductive organs, a circulatory system with heart and coronary arteries, aorta, vena cava, and the primary arterial and venous trunks leading to the extremities.

The model may be covered with either the standard SynDaver™ synthetic human (pure wet chemistry) skin or our new organosilicate-synthetic human hybrid (polymer outer – wet inner) skin.

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User Controls: Control panel movement of arms, legs, head, and jaw. Blood flow and respiration control through separate control panels.

System Components: Animated full body with skin, storage and transport containers, stainless-steel procedure table, deluxe battery-powered heart pump, battery-powered combat ventilator, and all required accessories for life support and motion.

Tested Procedures: Coronary stent placement (through the thigh and wrist) with fluoroscopy, chest tube placement, tracheotomy, cricothyroidotomy, carotid endartarectomy, infusion port placement, central line placement with ultrasound, angioplasty, appendectomy, embolectomy, femoral cutdown with closure device, and hundreds of other procedures.

Imaging Equipment: Compatible with most known imaging equipment including CT, fluoroscopy, and ultrasound. Use with MRI equipment is not possible due to the presence of internal mechanical systems.

Surgical Equipment: Compatible with all know surgical devices including lasers, RF ablation, bipolar, monopolar, and harmonic devices.

Included Services: Onsite installation and training, one full year of anatomy, tissue, and hardware upgrades, and three-year warranty covering manufacturing defects. Annual service contracts covering every aspect of the system are also available.

To learn more about the Animae system (or the dozens of other synthetic teaching products) visit http://www.syndaver.com/.


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