MOSI, SynDaver to Team up to Explore the Human Body with Synthetic Humans

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This partnership enables MOSI visitors to learn more about their own bodies with SynDaver’s Synthetic Humans.

Photo Credit: James Judge, Judge Public Relations

“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.

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(at)judgepr(dot)com .

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About MOSI (Museum of Science & Industry)

MOSI is a not-for-profit, community-based institution and educational resource dedicated to advancing public interest, knowledge, and understanding of science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) and is home to the Florida Hospital IMAX® DOME Theatre, the only IMAX dome theater in the state of Florida. MOSI's core ideology is to make a difference in people's lives by making science real for people of all ages and backgrounds. MOSI gives away more than $3 million in free or discounted memberships each year, $250,000 in free tickets annually and approximately 600 scholarships each year for children to attend MOSI Summer Science Camps. Additionally, MOSI’s education staff works closely with area teachers offering free training and support for area science educators. With a total size of more than 400,000 square feet, MOSI is the largest science center in the southeastern United States. Learn through play inside Kids In Charge! the largest Children’s Science Center in the nation or the Amazing You—a 13,000-square-foot exhibition on health and wellness. Conquer your fears on MOSI’s Sky Trail® Ropes Course and Zip Line. Budding inventors can engineer anything imaginable and hold it in the palm of their hand in MOSI’s technology playground and inventor’s studio, Idea Zone; and aspiring astronauts can travel to the moon to operate a lunar colony in Mission: Moonbase, funded in part by NASA. MOSI is the proud winner of the 2009 National Medal for Museums by the Institute of Museum and Library Services, the nation’s highest honor for museums and a recipient of the NOYCE Foundation’s Bright Lights Community Engagement Award. For more information on MOSI, visit http://www.mosi.org.

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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