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The JI and Stratasys Partner to Advance 3D Printing for Healthcare

A 3D printed model of a proposed new treatment for brain aneurysm, developed at the Jacobs Institute and created with a Stratasys PolyJet 3D Printer.
A 3D printed model of a proposed new treatment for brain aneurysm, developed at the Jacobs Institute and created with a Stratasys PolyJet 3D Printer.

The Jacobs Institute, a top-flight research institution specializing in vascular disease, is partnering with Stratasys to create a new Center of Excellence (COE) with the goal of helping physicians and researchers advance the use of 3D printing for a wide range of medical applications.

The Jacobs Institute is located in Buffalo, New York, and is part of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus. On site is a Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer, used to both prototype new kinds of medical devices and make patient-specific models, as well as enriching clinical education and training. The COE will also serve as a resource for hospitals, clinics, labs and research facilities that are considering adding or accelerating the use of 3D printing technology.

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“By partnering with Stratasys, the Jacobs Institute is bringing the leader in 3D printing to Buffalo to work closely with the JI and its partners, Kaleida Health and the University at Buffalo, to accelerate the development of new medical technologies, “ said Bill Maggio, CEO of the Jacobs Institute. “Working together, the respective institutions will leverage their strengths to make an impact far greater than they could make individually.”

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton examines a 3D printed vascular model at the Jacobs Institute, guided by Dr. Adnan H. Siddiqui, Chief Medical Officer of the Jacobs Institute. The model was produced on an Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer from Stratasys.
Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton examines a 3D printed vascular model at the Jacobs Institute, guided by Dr. Adnan H. Siddiqui, Chief Medical Officer of the Jacobs Institute. The model was produced on an Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer from Stratasys.

How is Stratasys supporting the COE? We are providing advanced 3D printing solutions, such as the Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer, that will allow the COE to produce realistic models that use a combination of vibrant colors and diverse material properties. Stratasys will also collaborate with the JI on technical and clinical case studies that include 3D printed applications and will also provide financial support for vital research projects.

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This announcement with the Jacobs Institute is an important milestone, marking the first time we are formally partnering with a medical organization to explore the exciting opportunities of 3D printing and healthcare,” said Scott Rader, General Manager, Medical Solutions, Stratasys. “Stratasys brings decades of experience to the Jacobs Institute, a leader in 3D printed models, to push the boundaries of how these models can be used to train the next generation of physicians, and test new devices.”

Earlier this month, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton visited the JI and was able to see Stratasys PolyJet 3D printed vascular models up close. Since her time as a senator from New York, Clinton has been a long-time advocate of the Buffalo-Niagara Medical Campus’ facilities, which have included the Jacobs Institute since late 2009.

Michael Gaisford

Michael Gaisford

Michael Gaisford comes to Stratasys after 10 years in the medical device and pharmaceutical industry, working for Boston Scientific, Health Advances, and Genentech. He lives in Berlin, MA (correctly pronounced as BUR-lin) with his family and ill-behaved Rhodesian Ridgeback. In his “free” time he coaches kids sports, supports scouting groups, and plays basketball.

2 comments

  • Amazed to see what Stratasys PolyJet 3D printed vascular models can be created with the Stratasys Objet500 Connex3 3D Printer – this will definitely advance the research in vascular diseases such as brain anueurysms in the future.

    • Thank you, Jerome. We’ve seen an adoption of our PolyJet technology to create complex anatomical simulations in a range of anatomies and therapeutic areas. Device testing and physician training are on the rise in uses for our technology.

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