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SynDaver Labs

What We Do
SynDaver Labs designs and builds the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human tissues and body parts. Our SynDaver Synthetic Human bleeds, breathes, and employs hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, veins and arteries – all made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal, and physicochemical properties of live tissue. This validated technology is used to replace live animals, cadavers and even human patients in medical device studies, clinical training and surgical simulation.

Background
SynDaver™ Labs was founded in 2004 to commercialize a novel system of synthetic human body parts for the medical device industry. These sophisticated models replicate human anatomy in great detail, including individual muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves and organs, all made from complex composites that mimic the properties of discrete living tissues. Made from water, fibers, and salts, each of these tissues have been validated for mechanical, chemical, thermal, and dielectric properties against the relevant living tissue. In fact, SynDaver™ Labs maintains the world’s largest database of LIVE tissue properties, and our products are used in such diverse fields as surgical training, medical device testing, consumer products evaluation, and ballistics testing.

History
Work on this technology was initiated at the University of Florida in 1993. Initial studies involved the manufacture of synthetic trachea models to replace live animals in the testing of airway devices and the development of inter-penetrating polymer-fiber networks to mimic lumenal structures such as vessels. The materials developed as a result of these studies are now used extensively in the industry as simple vein and artery mimics.

Future
Our focus to date has been the development of synthetic human tissues for use in medical device verification and validation tests. However, we are now in the process of simultaneously increasing the number of tissues in our library, expanding the body of live tissue data upon which these materials are based, and reducing the overall cost of the technology.

Our ultimate goal is the replacement of live animals and human cadavers in medical education and training with synthetic analogs which are more cost-effective than the relevant animal or human model. We are also developing a family of synthetic humans which breathe, bleed, and react to stimulus with autonomy – some purely synthetic and some with living cells.

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