Simbionix Receives BIRD Grant to Develop Hysterectomy Simulation

Simbionix Receives BIRD Grant to Develop Hysterectomy Simulation

06/30/2010

Cleveland, OH--The Bird Foundation has awarded a grant to Simbionix Ltd. and USF Health to develop a simulation module for Laparascopic Hysterectomy. 

Simbionix Ltd is a subsidiary of Simbionix USA Corporation, the world's leading providers of medical education and simulation training products for medical professionals. USF Health was created by the University of South Florida to create a model of healthcare based on understanding the full spectrum of health. The BIRD Foundation was established by the U.S. and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate cooperation between the Israeli high tech industry and U.S. businesses. BIRD provides matchmaking services between U.S. and Israeli companies and up to 50% of project development and initial product commercialization costs for approved projects.

The new Laparoscopic Hysterectomy module increases the number of complex procedures in the LAP MentorTM Simulator and supports Simbionix' commitment to improving the quality of care in women's health. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the U.S. alone, making it the second most frequently performed major surgical procedure. Laparascopic hysterectomy requires greater surgical skill than vaginal and abdominal methods, but leaves less patient scarring and is thus preferred by many patients. It is estimated that a surgeon needs to perform 15 laparascopic hysterectomies before becoming proficient. The new Simbionix module will enable surgeons to obtain needed expertise on a life-like simulator. Read more...

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