Hungry Gators sought to swim in Shark Tank company

UFGatorsGAINESVILLE, Fla. – SynDaver Labs, a Tampa-based manufacturer of synthetic humans, is looking to hire up to 60 entry-level engineers from the University of Florida during the Spring 2016 Career Showcase this Tuesday and Wednesday in Gainesville.

The unique company was founded in 2004 by Dr. Christopher Sakezles, a University of Florida alumnus, who needed to test medical devices he was developing, but wanted a more affordable and ethical alternative to animal and cadaver testing.

Since then, the company has taken the medical simulation industry by storm by introducing the most comprehensive synthetic human ever developed.

SynDaver’s Synthetic Human isn’t the only unique thing they have become known for. SynDaver stirred up headlines in November by boosting salaries throughout the company by 20 percent. In December they were at it again by giving away more than $1.5 million in stock to their employees for Christmas.

In addition to offering traditional employee benefits like 401(k)s, health, dental and eye insurance, SynDaver hired a health and wellness director last June to ensure their growing team of employees was provided the opportunity to have their physical fitness needs met at work by offering a variety of daily fitness classes. SynDaver Labs also instituted a healthy eating initiative where employees can sign up for free fruits and vegetables each week.

Their main staple is still, of course, the SynDaver Synthetic Human, which has 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.

SynDaver’s Synthetic Humans work with all known imaging equipment, including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and all known surgical systems – even those that employ energy such as lasers.

In early 2015, SynDaver Labs was featured on the ABC television show Shark Tank. SynDaver’s products have also been featured on Mythbusters, Grey’s Anatomy and the series finale of CSI.

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.