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SynDaver to refuse payments from Discover after card bans users from donating to Christian website

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver, the famous manufacturer of synthetic humans and animals used for medical and scientific learning which has been featured on ABC’s Sharktank, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters and more, announced they will no longer be accepting Discover Card payments as of Friday.

The move comes after Discover Card told Forbes on Thursday that they would ban customers from using their Discover Card on GiveSendGo.com, a Christian crowdfunding platform, after friends and family of Kyle Rittenhouse supported a campaign to help raise funds for his legal defense.

Rittenhouse is the 17-year-old who is accused of shooting three rioters one evening in late August in Kenosha, Wisconsin.

“I will not tolerate the double standards and the complete hypocrisy showcased by companies like Discover, Facebook and GoFundMe,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver. “Kyle has not even been convicted of a crime, yet Discover Card has banned the ability for their customers to donate to his legal defense. This is ironic, as they have no issue with allowing people to send money to inmates and convicts who have been convicted of violent and heinous crimes. If they’ll support criminals, but not respect the internationally recognized human right of presumption of innocence, I will no longer allow our customers to use Discover Card as a payment option.”

A quick search on Google confirms that Discover Card is a widely accepted payment method for people who wish to transfer money to inmates and convicts at many prisons and jails.

According to a press release issued by GiveSendGo Thursday, the company says that Discover Card announced plans to no longer allow their customers to donate on GiveSendGo. Additionally, Facebook has prohibited the ability of Facebook users to share the link to the Rittenhouse fundraiser on GiveSendGo. Stripe, the payment processer used by GiveSendGo, has also attempted to shut down their ability to collect payments multiple times.Furthermore, Amazon Web Services, which hosts GiveSendGo, reached out to GiveSendGo with a warning. GiveSendGo’s founders also says the company had received an onslaught DDoS attacks and fraudulent emails, in addition to violent death threats.

SynDaver will still accept payments made by customers using Visa, Mastercard or American Express. Additionally, if someone is having an issue contributing to Rittenhouse’s defense fund, SynDaver will pass through contributions.

About SynDaver
Headquartered in Tampa, SynDaver is the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal models for medical education, training and surgical simulation. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies mimic live tissue properties and are used by high schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, medical device companies and the military for training, testing and validation. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties. Made from a proprietary formula of water, salts and fibers, the company holds 16 patents on their materials, processes and the related products. SynDaver has more than 100 employees at its facilities in the U.S. and is planning additional facilities in Europe, China, Brazil and India. 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. For more information on SynDaver or their product offerings, visit http://SynDaver.com.

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Tampa company launches American-made business incubator in hopes of reducing foreign dependence

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver, a Tampa-based manufacturer of synthetic humans, 3D printers and personal protective equipment, is moving forward with plans to open up a 50,000 square foot business incubator in Tampa focusing on American-made manufacturing.

The incubator will provide short and long-term, full-service leases, including utilities and internet for up to 10 businesses, which manufacture products made in the USA or provide services to those companies.

Potential support services for companies who are selected can include HR, finance, PR and marketing, engineering support, CAD support and a 3D print farm.

“We’re excited to launch this opportunity in Tampa and we look forward to supporting local entrepreneurs,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, CEO and founder of SynDaver. “A business incubator has always been part of our long-term plan, but I believe it is especially important now. The Chinese are unreliable partners and it is essential that we eliminate our reliance on Chinese goods in favor of products made in America.”

Companies with a technology focus are preferred.

In order to be considered, interested businesses should submit a business plan to info@syndaver.com. SynDaver will provide the lease at a discounted rate or is open to trading for an equity stake in the company.

Currently, there is space for up to 10 businesses to participate.

About SynDaver

Headquartered in Tampa, SynDaver is the world’s leading manufacturer of hyper-realistic, synthetic human and animal models for medical education, training and surgical simulation. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies mimic live tissue properties and are used by high schools, colleges and universities, hospitals, medical device companies and the military for training, testing and validation. SynDaver has the world’s largest database of live-tissue properties. Made from a proprietary formula of water, salts and fibers, the company holds 16 patents on their materials, processes and the related products. SynDaver has more than 100 employees at its facilities in the U.S. and is planning additional facilities in Europe, China, Brazil and India. 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. For more information on SynDaver or their product offerings, visit http://SynDaver.com.

For media-related inquiries, please contact our Tampa PR firm at news@judgepr.com or by calling 813.279.8335.

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Tampa company begins manufacturing respirators to help with Florida shortage

SynDaver announced Tuesday they have started the manufacturing process.

TAMPA, Fla. – A Tampa company is continuing to help with the COVID-19 response. On Tuesday, SynDaver announced it has begun shifting manufacturing resources to alleviate a massive shortage of respirator-type masks in the USA.

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Tampa company to provide free weekly nationwide science lab instruction online in response to COVID-19 school closures

First nationwide class to be taught Mar. 31 via Facebook Live

TAMPA, Fla. – Students throughout the U.S. will soon have a new online learning option thanks to SynDaver® in Tampa, which announced they will be providing a free weekly instructor-led frog dissection course via Facebook Live, with plans to add more online courses in the future.

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USPTO grants patent to SynDaver for its central line simulation technology, expanding the company’s patent portfolio to 16

The company’s first patent of 2020 provides protections for its Central Line Simulator, a procedural training device used by specialized physicians to practice skills related to the insertion of central venous access devices.

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver, an advanced bio-technology company specializing in the creation of synthetic human and animal simulators for education, medical testing and training, announced today, the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office granted U.S. Patent 10,553,131, which covers the intellectual property of the company’s Central Line Simulation and Training Device

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SynDaver Expands Sales Operations to Address Demand from Education Sector for their Life-Like Synthetic Human and Animal Models

Driven by high demand for their products, particularly in the education sector, SynDaver tripled the company’s sales force in Q4 of 2019, and plans to add 15 new territory sales managers in Q1 of 2020.

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver, a leading developer of synthetic human and animal models used for education, surgical simulation and medical device testing, significantly increased the size of their sales team in 2019 and is planning more additions in 2020 to meet rising demands.

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World first: Man-made frog with simulated live tissue to replace use of dead frogs in classroom dissections

SynDaver unveils new synthetic frog alongside representatives from PETA and Pasco County Schools at a press conference Wednesday morning at J.W. Mitchell High School.

TAMPA, Fla. – For the first time, students at a Florida high school will use realistic man-made frogs as a replacement for dead, formalin-preserved frogs in classroom dissection labs this Wednesday.

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SynDaver awarded 15th patent―the latest is for the company’s wearable chest tube skills trainer

The Tampa-based biotech company has received its second patent of 2019, and its 15th overall, which covers the intellectual property and simulation methodology for its Wearable Chest Tube Medical Skills Trainer

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver, an advanced bio-technology company specializing in the creation of synthetic human and animal simulators for medical testing, education and training, announced today that the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office issued U.S. Patent 10,424,226 for the company’s wearable chest tube skills training device.

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