Texas biotech startup SiMMo3D launched its simulated, 3D-printed organ models for surgical planning, biomedical research and education. With a $20,000 grant in seed funding provided by city-supported incubator D (THBD), SiMMo3D provides an affordable solution to meet the need for accurate replicas of healthy or diseased organs.
SiMMo3D mimics the texture and visual aesthetic of body tissue and human anatomy with synthetic polymer resin. The organ models, also called “Teaching Tissues” are printed from magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data and computerized tomography (CT) scans. Disease states are demonstrated in a way that allows a larger audience to grasp concepts with hands-on training.
“These tools are training doctors by shifting the learning paradigm from memorizing facts to tactile learning,” said Ryan Quinn, CEO and Co-Founder of SiMMo3D. “The product we create today will be used to better train the doctors of tomorrow, which saves more lives in the future.”
SiMMo3D prints its organs on site at the incubator in THBD’s Laboratory Facility. THBD is funded by citizens of Temple and is the first such district to be created in Texas. The incubator supports the increasing relevance of biotechnology companies in Texas’ economic development.
“At SiMMo3D, we use cutting-edge technology to create anatomically accurate organ replicas thanks to the availability of the printing technology in THBD’s laboratory facility,” said Colin Dodson, Chief Technology Officer (CTO) and Co-Founder of SiMMo3D. “Cadavers with rare and complex disease states that are currently unavailable or take years to acquire can now be simulated on a large scale quickly and at an affordable rate. Our aim is to instill confidence in students, doctors and surgeons which results in more confidence in patients—we would not be able to attain our goals without the support of THBD and the citizens of Temple. "
SiMMo3D uses multiple 3D printers for their organ models with multiple colors and materials to create precise and realistic models. Custom orders are available. For more information about SiMMo3D, contact (832)-286-8492 or visit SiMMo3D.com. To learn more about THBD, visit http://www.templebioscience.com.