TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver Labs, a company that pioneered the manufacture of synthetic cadavers, has hired a new director of operations.
William Wright is scheduled to begin working on July 6 and will be based out of SynDaver’s Tampa headquarters. He resides in Madeira Beach with his wife and two rescue cats.
Wright brings over 25 years of operations and leadership experience in the medical device, biotech and manufacturing fields, both domestically and abroad. Most recently, Wright served in a senior operations capacity for the Howard Hughes Medical Institute, an $18 billion biomedical research and science education organization. Wright also worked in roles from director of operations to general manager for various small, mid-size and large companies.
Along with a bevy of domestic experience in the medical and biotech fields, Wright was also the project leader for the first-ever FDA approved medical device manufacturing company in Indonesia. Through his leadership they achieved start-up in 15 months and obtained FDA approval within 18 months. He is a seasoned leader with over 20 years of ISO certified manufacturing experience.
This is not the first time Wright and SynDaver founder, Dr. Christoper Sakezles, have worked together however.
They have a history stemming back to the late 1990’s, when they worked together at a medical device manufacturer based in St. Petersburg, Florida. Wright recalls that he immediately recognized Sakezles as a brilliant engineer, and knew Sakezles was destined to do ground-breaking things.
It was a chance sighting on a local Tampa news station that brought the two back in touch.
Wright had recently moved back to the Tampa Bay area from Virginia when he saw a piece on Bay News 9, which highlighted SynDaver’s recent appearance on ABC’s Shark Tank. Wright was so enthralled by Sakezles’s pioneering innovation that he immediately reached out to Sakezles about getting involved.
“First and foremost, I’m ecstatic about the opportunity to work with Chris again,” Wright said. “This is a new approach to science and medicine. There is an overwhelming demand for SynDaver’s products and services, and I’m looking forward to not only address this challenge, but to work towards the continued growth of SynDaver as well.”
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 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.