SynDaver Acquires Lifecast Body Simulation

SynDaver Acquires Lifecast Body Simulation
TAMPA, Fla. – SynDaver, an advanced biotechnology company specializing in the creation of sophisticated synthetic humans and animals, acquired Lifecast Body Simulation for an undisclosed amount, the company announced Sunday. The exact terms of the deal were not disclosed, but by acquiring Lifecast, SynDaver plans to combine both companies’ capabilities to create ultra-realistic, next-generation synthetic bodies. Future human and animal models engineered by SynDaver will combine the fully-functioning anatomy and life-like tissues of SynDaver Synthetic Humans, with the movie-ready realistic visual appearance pioneered by Lifecast.

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“We’re excited to kick off 2018 and the International Meeting on Simulation in Healthcare with this announcement,” said Dr. Christopher Sakezles, founder of SynDaver. “The SynDaver Synthetic Humans of the future will undoubtedly be the most realistic synthetic bodies ever developed, both inside and out, and will help to save countless human and animal lives as a result.”

The new synthetic models developed will closely visually resemble and function similarly to real human and animal bodies. These models can be used for medical research, training and engineering research, replacing the need for testing with animals or human cadavers. Other uses will include, film production, automobile crash testing, ballistic testing and more.

“This acquisition not only formalizes a commercial framework moving forward, but also brings two teams together who have the same passion, ethos and vision to push the boundaries of medical simulation,” said Rob Clark, co-founder of Lifecast Body Simulation and the new vice president of international business for SynDaver.

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Headquartered in Tampa, Florida, SynDaver is the world’s leading manufacturer of ultra-realistic, synthetic humans and animals. SynDaver’s synthetic bodies simulate live organisms and are used for medical and surgical training in universities, high 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, and the company currently has 13 patents on these materials, processes and related products. SynDaver employs more than 100 people at their Tampa facility and is planning additional facilities in the U.S., China, Europe and Latin America.

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. The company's models will also feature prominently in multiple episodes of MythBusters 2.0.

Located at Elstree Studios in Borehamwood, London, Lifecast Body Simulation specializes in developing highly accurate and life-like human manikins for a variety of specialized industries. Lifecast manikin models provide maximum visual realism, with a minimum of technology, and are available in a range of forms, from new born babies to elderly adults.

Lifecast began as a partnership between seasoned paramedic educators, Dave Halliwell and Rob Clark, and visual effects artists John Schoonraad and Tristan Schoonraad. The visual realism of each Lifecast manikin is inspired by John Schoonraad’s previous experience with make-up, prosthetic and special effects within the film industry. Schoonraad has worked on award-winning films like Gladiator and Saving Private Ryan, and with celebrities like Russell Crowe, Tom Hanks and David Bowie.