What we do

SynDaver manufactures the world’s most sophisticated synthetic human and animal tissue analogs, body parts and full bodies. Our SynDaver Synthetic Human and SynDaver Surgical Canine can bleed and breathe, and both employ hundreds of replaceable muscles, bones, organs and vessels that are made from materials that mimic the mechanical, thermal and physicochemical properties of living tissues. This validated technology is used to replace live animals, cadavers and human patients in medical device studies, clinical training and surgical simulation.



SynDaver was founded in 2004 to commercialize a novel system of synthetic human body parts for the medical device industry. Today, our sophisticated models replicate human and animal anatomy in great detail, including individual muscles, tendons, veins, arteries, nerves and organs―all made from complex composites that mimic the properties of the discrete living tissues they represent. Made from water, salts and fibers, our tissues have been validated to replicate the mechanical, chemical, thermal and dielectric properties of the relevant living tissue. In fact, SynDaver maintains the world’s largest database of LIVE tissue properties, and our products are used in such diverse fields as surgical training, medical device testing, consumer products evaluation and ballistics testing.


Work on this technology was initiated at the University of Florida in 1993. Initial studies involved the manufacture of synthetic trachea models to replace live animals in the testing of airway devices and the development of inter-penetrating polymer-fiber networks to mimic lumenal structures such as vessels. The materials developed as a result of these studies are now used extensively in the industry as simple vein and artery models.


Our focus initially was the development of synthetic human tissues for use in medical device verification and validation tests. However, we are now in the process of simultaneously expanding our scope to encompass animal models for veterinary training and increasing the number of tissues in our library, expanding the body of live tissue data upon which these materials are based and reducing the overall cost of the technology.Our ultimate goal is the replacement of live animals and human cadavers in medical education and lower-level comparative anatomy training with synthetic analogs that are more cost-effective, ethically sound and safer to handle.

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