World-leading “human” manufacturers put heads together for new partnership
TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver Labs, an advanced biotechnology company specializing in the creation of sophisticated synthetic humans and animals, announced on 6th September 2017, the formation of a new international strategic partnership with medical manikin manufacturer Lifecast Body Simulation.
The new partnership will allow SynDaver and Lifecast Body Simulation to utilize each company’s unique proprietary technology to expand their capabilities to create ultra-realistic, next-generation synthetic bodies. Future human and animal models engineered by the two companies will combine the fully-functioning anatomy and life-like tissues of SynDaver surgical humans with the movie-ready realistic visual appearance pioneered by Lifecast Body Simulation.
The synthetic models developed as a result of this partnership will be nearly identical and function similarly to living human and animal bodies. The models can be used for medical testing, surgical training and engineering research, eliminating the need for testing with live animals or human cadavers. Other uses can include automobile crash testing, ballistic testing and more.
“We have always designed our products with the goal of creating a suspension of disbelief. When it counts, you need to work with models that are realistic in both appearance and feel. We’re excited about this partnership with Lifecast Body Simulation because it dramatically elevates our current capabilities and will lead to the development of unbelievably realistic products that can be used in a wide variety of industries,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “By joining with Lifecast Body Simulation we will be able to take the synthetic human concept to an entirely new level.”
Headquartered in Elstree Studios, London, Lifecast Body simulation supplies universities, hospitals, helicopter emergency medical services with extremely realistic medical manikins and innovative training solutions. Lifecast Body Simulation models are made from silicone, are available for each stage of the human lifecycle, and focus on providing maximum visual realism, with a minimum of technology.
Comparatively, SynDaver technology mimics living tissue and is made up of water, salts and fibers - similar to a live organism. SynDaver's synthetic humans and animals include skin with fat and fascia planes, bones, muscles, tendons 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.
About SynDaver Labs
Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, SynDaver Labs is the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal surgical trainers. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies simulate fully-functioning live organisms and are primarily used 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. Currently, SynDaver Labs employs more than 100 people at their Tampa facility and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe and Latin America.
SynDaver products have been lauded by industry experts and earned a cult following after appearances on ABC’s Shark Tank, MythBusters, Grey’s Anatomy, and the series finale of CSI. The company's models are also expected to feature prominently in multiple episodes of the upcoming MythBusters 2.0.
About Lifecast Body Simulation
Located at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, London, Lifecast Body Simulation specializes in developing highly accurate and life-like human manikins for a variety of specialized industries. Lifecast Body Simualtion manikin models provide maximum visual realism, with a minimum of technology, and are available in a range of forms - from new born babies to elderly adults.
Lifecast Body Simualtion began as a partnership between seasoned paramedic educators, Dave Halliwell and Rob Clark, and visual effects artists John Schoonraad and Tristan Schoonraad. The visual realism of each Lifecast Body Simulation manikin is inspired by John and Tristan Schoonraad’s previous experience with make-up, prosthetic and special effects within the film industry. John Schoonraad has worked on award-winning films like Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan, and with celebrities like Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks and David Bowie.