This week’s Zoomcast features the founders of Lazarus 3D: Dr. Smriti Zaneveld, President and Dr. Jacques Zaneveld, CEO
Lazarus 3D, headquartered in Albany, Oregon, was founded in 2016 to develop innovative solutions in Healthcare that are changing the future of surgical care. Lazarus 3D’s patented PRE-operative SUrgical REhearsal (PRE-SURE®) technology allows physicians, for the first time, to rehearse on realistic copies of patients’ organs before operating on the patient. These unique life-like models are 3D printed directly from patient’s MRI/CT data and are cleared by the FDA for pre-operative surgical rehearsals for all genitourinary conditions, including conditions of the kidneys, prostate, bladder, and genitalia. Lazarus 3D’s mission is to enable surgical perfection by bringing PRE-SURE® technology to every patient and every surgeon.
Lazarus 3D has been recognized by NASA, the FDA, the Emergency Care Research Institute (ECRI), the US State Department, the Startup Worldcup, Blue Cross Blue Shield and many other organizations in achieving breakthrough innovation through Lazarus 3D’s technologies that are improving patient safety, surgical outcomes, and helping doctors operate with confidence.
Dr. Jacques Zaneveld and Dr. Smriti Zaneveld are the Founders of Lazarus 3D. They founded Lazarus 3D to address an urgent need in improving surgical care today. Surgeons often learn by performing procedures on fruits, vegetables or animal parts, none of which are anatomically similar to actual patients with complex conditions. The “see one, do one, teach one” paradigm in medicine has not changed for centuries, and unfortunately the truth is that surgeons gain skills and experience on the job by operating on patients. Jacques and Smriti started tinkering with 3D printing technologies and material science in their kitchen while they were students at Baylor College of Medicine. Their conviction and hard work led to the development of Lazarus 3D’s unique platform that creates replicas of patients’ organs, built directly from MRI/CT data, in soft-tissue materials that surgeons use to rehearse upcoming surgeries ahead of time. This precision surgery technology has already changed the way surgeons learn and has also helped save lives! It is Jacques’ and Smriti’s mission to bring this technology to patients and doctors worldwide to improve quality of care and outcomes in surgery today.