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SynDaver to participate in military, veteran’s appreciation career fair in Clearwater Nov. 10

TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver Labs, the manufacturer of the SynDaver Synthetic Human, is scheduled to participate in a career fair for military veterans, active duty members of the military and reserve military members who are transitioning out of military service on Nov. 10 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m at Dimmitt Chevrolet in Clearwater, Florida. The job fair will also be open to members of the general public.

SynDaver is currently looking to fill more than 25 open positions in the Tampa Bay Area.

In addition to the job fair, Dimmitt Chevrolet is planning to start their Toys-For-Tots collection drive on that day, which is the 240th birthday of the United States Marine Corps.  As a result, members of the Marine Corps and a static display are scheduled to be on site from the 4th Assault Amphibian Battalion out of Tampa, Florida.

In addition to SynDaver, Allied Barton Security Services, Amerilife, American Power &  Gas, Avon, BayCare Health System, Clearwater Vet Center, CyraCom International, Department of Veterans Affairs Vocational Rehab, DeVry University, Dimmitt Chevrolet, Eckerd College,  Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission, Florida Highway Patrol, Judge Public Relations, Jungle Cat Marketing, Levin Financial Group, New Horizons Computer Learning Center, Paddock’s Coffee, St. Petersburg Police Department, Strayer University, Sunbelt Rentals, Supportive Services of Veterans’ Affairs, The Parts House, Top It Off Imprints, Troops to Teachers, Ultimate Staffing Services, WQYK-FM, and U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have already signed up to participate. Several more agencies, businesses and organizations are expected to attend.

The businesses in attendance will have representatives available to discuss employment opportunities with interested candidates.  One company has a specific need for bilingual candidates.

The educational institutions will be able to help explain how veterans can use their GI Bill benefits to further their education. The VA will be on hand to provide information about benefits veterans may be eligible to receive.

The event is scheduled to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Nov. 10 at Dimmitt Chevrolet, located at 25485 US Hwy 19 N, Clearwater, FL 33763. Businesses who are interested in hiring veterans and setting up a table at the event should contact james.judge@aftermiljobs.com or  susanallen@dimmittchev.com.

In April, Dimmitt Chevrolet hosted the American Cars, American Heroes job fair with more than 40 companies, education institutions and government agencies participating.

For media inquiries and interview requests about the event, contact Judge Public Relations at (813) 279-8335 or contact@judgepr.com.

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SynDaver Labs to exhibit synthetic cadaver at funeral director expo

INDIANAPOLIS –SynDaver Labs, a manufacturer of synthetic humans, will be exhibiting at the annual National Funeral Directors Association Convention & Expo in Indianapolis from Oct. 19-21.

The NFDA Convention and Expo is being held at the Indiana Convention Center at 100 South Capitol Avenue in Indianapolis.

SynDaver’s Synthetic Human will be on display for all attendees to view at booth 1712.

The synthetic cadaver is the most complex synthetic human ever created and is made from water and a proprietary library of more than 100 synthetic human tissues.

The SynDaver Synthetic Human is used primarily for surgical simulation, medical training, and medical device development testing.

They are used by high schools, colleges, medical schools, hospitals, funeral directors and the armed forces for a variety of applications. The system works with all known imaging equipment, including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and all known surgical systems – even those that employ energy such as lasers.

Besides medical-use applications, SynDaver has been extremely popular in Hollywood.

The company’s products have been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank, Grey’s Anatomy, AMC’s Shipping Wars and Discovery Channel’s MythBusters. Most recently, one of SynDaver’s Synthetic Humans was featured in the CSI series finale on CBS Sept. 27.

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. SynDaver is located at 8506 Benjamin Road in Tampa. SynDaver can be reached by contacting 813.600.5530 by telephone.

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MOSI, SynDaver to explore the human body with Synthetic Humans

MOSI_logo_hi_res_reverseTAMPA, Fla.SynDaver™ Labs, a Tampa-based company, which manufactures the most elaborate and sophisticated hands-on synthetic humans ever devised, has formed a strategic partnership with the Museum of Science & Industry (MOSI).

This partnership enables MOSI visitors to learn more about their own bodies with SynDaver’s Synthetic Humans. These synthetic humans are used in medical research, training and engineering research, and replace the need for testing with animals or human cadavers. Unlike cadavers, the SynDaver mimics living tissue and is made of salt water and fiber, just like a human body.

“We’re excited about this partnership with MOSI to be able to allow the public to get a hands-on experience with our SynDavers,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “So far, the only people who have really been able to access our state-of-the-art synthetic humans have been those conducting medical research and training, engineering research and training, or members of the military for medical training.”

To exhibit the educational potential of this incredible technology, MOSI will be hosting several live demonstrations for museum guests. Join the S.T.E.A.M.punks at noon on Thursday, Sept. 24 and Friday, Sept. 25, as well as 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 26 and Sunday, Sept. 27 at MOSI. These demonstrations will give guests a detailed understanding of the inner workings of the human body with the SynDaver. Guests will learn about the circulatory, digestive, and muscular systems in a way that allows them to see where each organ is located within the body, what color and shape it is, and how it interacts with other organs and systems in the body.

During MOSI’s premiere of Florida Hospital presents Live Surgery, on Sept. 28 and press conference on Sept. 29, participants will get a private, up-close look at SynDaver’s Synthetic Humans. Students from Middleton high school will have the opportunity to experience how this human bleeds, breathes, and houses hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs, and vessels that mimic the properties of live tissue. Then, students will try their hand at stitching up the SynDaver with a suturing kit.

MOSI will be unveiling the SynDaver Synthetic Human in Montreal, Quebec, at the Association of Science-Technology Centers’ annual conference in October. This will give MOSI the opportunity to introduce this educational tool to thousands in the international science and technology center community. Finally, the SynDaver Synthetic Human will return to the museum in mid-Fall as part of the Amazing You exhibition.

SynDaver has been featured on ABC’s Shark Tank and Grey’s Anatomy, Discovery Channel’s MythBusters, CBS Sunday Morning, NBC’s Crossbones, AMC’s Shipping Wars and Engineering TV, as well as the cover of Today’s Medical Developments and the pages of The Huffington Post, Surgical Products magazine, Medical Product Manufacturing News, Medical Device Technology, EMS World Magazine, Inc magazine, Gulf Coast Business Review, Sarasota Business magazine, Sarasota Herald Tribune and the Tampa Bay Business Journal.

For media inquiries about SynDaver, members of the media should contact Judge Public Relations at 813.279.8335 or via email at contact@judgepr.com .

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Employee benefits package includes vegetables, fruits, fitness

IMG_2978TAMPA, Fla. – The company that manufactures synthetic humans is once again working to improve the organic humans who assemble their synthetic ones.

While nothing at SynDaver Labs is typical, their employee benefits package now includes a health and wellness program, which their employees have been increasingly receptive to.

In June, SynDaver Labs hired a health and wellness director to ensure their growing team of employees was offered the ability to get their physical fitness needs met while at work.

IMG_3964In addition to offering a variety of daily fitness classes, SynDaver Labs has instituted a healthy eating initiative.

In short, any employee who wants to eat healthy can sign up for a free week’s worth of fruits and vegetables that are distributed each Friday.

In three weeks, the program has gone from about one quarter of their employees participating to nearly all of their employees participating in the optional program.

“We recognize the importance of a good work-life balance,” said Dr. Christopher Sakeles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “As a result, we are really trying to create an environment where employees can take care of some of their physical fitness needs and their healthy eating goals while at work.”

On Monday, SynDaver started building out new space they recently acquired next door to their Tampa headquarters.IMG_4041 In the future, the unique company plans to have a full-scale gym and a mixed-martial-arts octagon.

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.

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Aspiring doctors of physical therapy to work on cadaver in intensive lab session

IMG_2026sKNOXVILLE, Tenn. – A first-of-its-kind class begins Monday with 66 students from South College set to begin lab work on a cadaver in an intensive laboratory setting at the Crowne Plaza in downtown Knoxville.

As strange as it may seem, the cadaver is actually a life-like synthetic human manufactured by SynDaver Labs. The students are part of a revolutionary new program designed to expedite the time it takes to complete a doctorate in physical therapy, while keeping tuition costs affordable.

“In recent years, it has become more expensive and more time consuming to become a doctor of physical therapy (DPT), which is pushing away those who can’t afford the education. At South College, we’re trying to change that,” said Dr. Michael Walker, Dean of South College’s School of Physical Therapy. “Every aspect of this program has been designed to ensure that students receive the best education possible, while minimizing the program’s overall duration and costs.”

Unlike other DPT programs, South College’s program is designed for completion of the program in two calendar years.

SAM Fionna (7)South College has embraced innovation and technology to accomplish these objectives. Using a hybrid-learning format, students participate in online instruction anywhere in the nation they can find an internet connection, attend lab intensive sessions at the Crowne Plaza in Knoxville for two weeks every quarter, and complete 31 weeks of clinical education.

“There are several problems with using real cadavers in this educational model,” Walker says. “Real cadavers increase the cost of education due to more frequent replacement, stringent use and storage requirements, and increased instructional time.  As a result, we have turned to SynDaver and state-of-the-art 3D anatomy software to create a more flexible and dynamic anatomy curriculum for our program.”

SynDaver’s Synthetic Human and partial-task trainers use synthetic tissues that are designed and modeled after living tissue.

“We have secured 10 patents on our technology and are very proud of the product we produce,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “Our goal is to make medical training more accessible and more affordable.”

For more information, visit syndaver.com or southcollegetn.edu.

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.

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SynDaver CEO to sit on shark tank panel

TAMPA, Fla. – Founder and CEO of SynDaver Labs, Dr. Chris Sakezles, is planning to turn the tables as a Shark Tank panelist at the Greatness Beyond Measure Teen Summit, hosted by the Ringling College of Art and Design in Sarasota, Fla., on Saturday.

The 7th annual GBM Teen Summit is a three day event from Friday through Sunday, which aims to encourage academic enhancement, self-empowerment and entrepreneurial development.

Sakezles will also have a SynDaver Synthetic Human on display prior to the Shark Tank competition during the GBM Internship & Scholarship Expo beginning at 11:45 am. Both the Expo and Shark Tank competition will be held in the Academic Center at Ringling College.

In May, Sakezles appeared on ABC’s Shark Tank to pitch his synthetic human cadavers, and through that experience, he brings unique insight to GBM’s version of the competition.

“I’m very much looking forward to participating in this event and it is my hope that we will help inspire future innovators and entrepreneurs to go out and change the world,” said Sakezles.  “Plus, it’ll be fun to sit on the other side of the negotiating table for a change.”

Contestants will be given two minutes to present their ideas to the panel of judges and the judges will evaluate their presentations based on a predetermined set of criteria.

For more information regarding the GBM Teen Summit, visit http://www.mygbm.net/.

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.

For media inquiries and interview requests, contact our public relations firm at (813) 279-8335 or contact@judgepr.com.

 

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SynDaver releases free medical training simulator app on Google Play

splash pageTAMPA, Fla. – While other high-end electrocardiogram simulators are being sold for thousands of dollars, SynDaver Labs released a state-of-the-art EKG platform for free on Monday.

SynDaver Labs, the company that pioneered a synthetic human to replace the use of cadavers, released another ground-breaking medical science achievement on Monday – a free EKG simulator available in the Google Play app store.

The SynDaver EKG simulator is a digital platform that can be run along with any medical training manikin to add another layer of realism to simulations.

“This type of app is likely to be used in rural areas and in developing countries where funds are less likely to be available for training,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “But anyone interested in learning more about EKGs can use this app to discover more about science and the vitals of the human body.”

Variables that are currently able to be set include heartbeats per minute, systolic pressure, diastolic pressure, respiration rate, SPO2 and temperature. These values are displayed both numerically and by color coordinated dynamic waveform with mutable audio indicators for the heart rate.Screenshot_2015-07-06-10-07-11

A key difference between the SynDaver EKG simulator and other free simulator apps is SynDaver’s ability to pair two android devices via Bluetooth.

“This is ideal in for a classroom setting, as it allows an instructor to update the display remotely, in real time, in response to student interactions or to modify the training scenario on the fly,” said Sakezles.

Comparable simulators on the market cost around $1,750.

“I think it’s fair to say that better technology and training will eventually lead to lives being saved, which is the foremost reason behind the technologies we create,” Sakezles said. “While others in the industry may want to profit from something like this, we saw an unmet need that could easily be met, and decided to release our trainer for free.”

Anyone interested in downloading the SynDaver EKG Simulator can do so by clicking here.

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.

For media inquiries and interview requests, contact our media relations team at (813) 279-8335 or contact@judgepr.com.

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Synthetic human to make European debut this week in Ireland

IMG_2026BELFAST, Ireland – SynDaver Labs’ Synthetic Human is scheduled to make its European debut at a conference in Belfast, Ireland this week, as the American company looks to expand into the European marketplace.

SynDaver Labs is scheduled to attend SESAM Belfast 2015 from June 24-26. SESAM, the Society in Europe for Simulation Applied to Medicine, is an annual medical and scientific conference that attracts exhibitors, sponsors and speakers from around the globe.

SynDaver was recently featured in April on the highly rated American television show, Shark Tank. The product has also been seen on Discovery Chanel’s MythBusters and Grey’s Anatomy on ABC.

This will be the first time that SynDaver has made the trek to Europe. Their goal is to find a distribution partner for the continent and begin researching locations for SynDaver Europe.IMG_2080

“We’re thrilled to participate in this year’s SESAM conference,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver Labs. “While we’re already in Asia, South America and North America, we’re very eager to bring this technology to Europe with the continued hope that our technology will save lives.”

According to Sakezles, his company is currently the only company in the world manufacturing synthetic cadavers. All other anatomical models on the market are made from plastic or rubber, while the SynDaver Synthetic Human is made from a proprietary library of more than 100 synthetic human tissues.

The SynDaver Synthetic Human is used primarily for surgical simulation, medical training, and medical device development testing.

The model includes 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.

The system works with all known imaging equipment, including CT, MRI, fluoroscopy and ultrasound, and all known surgical systems – even those that employ energy such as lasers.IMG_2038

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.

For media inquiries and interview requests, contact our public relations firm at (813) 279-8335 or contact@judgepr.com.

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SynDaver Labs hires director of operations as growth continues

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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.

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SynDaver featured in Science Magazine – Science Insider

Story by John Travis

 This story is a bonus online element for the package on science entrepreneurship that appears in the 12 June issue of Science.
Last month, millions of people watching ABC’s prime-time television show Shark Tank learned what Christopher Sakezles says his wife already knew—that he can sweat a lot when nervous. Despite a perspiration-drenched presentation on 8 May in front of the show’s five celebrity investors—he ignored his wife’s suggestion to spray his face with antiperspirant—the polymer scientist landed the biggest deal in Shark Tank’s history.
With a life-size synthetic cadaver as a prop, Sakezles persuaded technology entrepreneur Robert Herjavec to pay $3 million for a 25% stake in SynDaver Labs, a firm that Sakezles founded a decade ago to create realistic artificial tissues, organs, and whole bodies for surgical training and other purposes.
But as fans of Shark Tank know well, not every deal struck on the show lasts once the cameras turn off. After Sakezles and Herjavec traded further information and initial terms, the partnership fell apart.
One sticking point was obvious on the show, as the investors challenged Sakezles’s plan to invest SynDaver’s immediate profits back into the company for further product development. “They wanted to replace me as CEO and this is not something I will allow at this point,” Sakezles says. (Herjavec doesn’t comment on deals that aren’t completed, one of his publicists says.)
Don’t feel sorry for Sakezles, however. SynDaver is on track to make $10 million this year, he says, adding that the company has lined up investors who place an even higher valuation on the company than Herjavec did. Sakezles predicts SynDaver will expand from its current 100 employees to 500 within 3 years. “We’re growing like wildfire.”
The company’s history traces back to the 1990s, when Sakezles, a graduate student at University of Florida, set out to evaluate a new endotracheal tube his lab had designed. The team couldn’t afford to test it on animals, so they bought an artificial trachea from an outside company. Sakezles recalls it as being little more than a plastic tube.
“It was a pure piece of crap. I took one look and threw it in the circular file. I had to essentially build my own model.” So he and colleagues crafted a trachea from multiple polymers, realistically simulating cartilage rings, muscles, and a mucosal layer.After getting his Ph.D. in 1998, Sakezles eventually began consulting for medical device firms. He found they were interested in his experience building realistic models of tissues and organs. “The company grew out of that. It wasn’t a burst of lightning. It was a gradual thing. I never thought of it as a standalone business.”
Sakezles did eventually write a business plan for a synthetic tissues company that he pitched to potential investors. He failed miserably, he says. “Everyone thought I was insane. I’m a terrible pitchman. I’m the scientist. I’m the tech guy.”
But Sakezles was able to scramble together money from friends, family, and his own bank account to push ahead with the company.He started developing tissue analogs first, only later moving onto organs and then whole bodies. The company now markets some 100 artificial body parts made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal, and physicochemical properties of live tissue and can replace the use of animals or human cadavers. Medical device companies, medical schools interested in surgical training, and companies doing ballistic tests are just some of SynDaver’s customers. “I proved the naysayers wrong. There definitely is a market,” Sakezles says.And although he may not personally be a great salesman, his company’s artificial cadavers—the flagship model costs about $40,000—have been a boon for publicity.
SynDaver’s products have popped up in many TV shows, including Grey’s Anatomy and MythBusters. Sakezles, who notes Shark Tank’s producers deftly edited his more than 2 hours with the investors panel into just a 10-minute segment, says he went on the show truly looking to land an investment partner. He specifically wanted Herjavec or Mark Cuban, another shark who specializes in technology. But he admits publicity for the company was also a major motivation. “From the exposure side, we knocked it out of the park,” Sakezles says.
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