LifeScience Alley announced today that the University of Minnesota Medical School's SIMPortal, the Interactive Visualization Lab and the Medical Devices Center will publicly unveil "The Anatomy of Success", a multi-disciplinary academia-industry collaboration, at its 2013 Conference on November 20 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. The technology to be displayed, the Airway Management Trainer, was developed with several external partners – 7-Sigma, Bose, Stratasys and Vital Images – and is the result of a project funded by the Army Research Laboratory through a Cooperative Research and Development Agreement.

Using 3D modeling, the University's extensive tissue properties database and other complementary technologies, the University of Minnesota and its partners developed the Airway Management Trainer to provide more realistic training to medical professionals responding to acute airway-related trauma. In addition, the project highlights the University's business-friendly approach to organizing and leading customized research and technology-development projects.

"At its core, this collaboration represents a revolutionary new approach to product and device development and training for companies in the medical device industry," said Jay Schrankler, executive director of the Office for Technology Commercialization at the University of Minnesota. "It provides a single point of access for a full service customized research platform, offering everything from R&D to clinical training to licensing in an environment where clinicians, mechanical engineers and developers share knowledge to create the best possible outcomes, both from a business perspective and for the end user. It is really exciting to see the U of M's expertise in surgical simulation, 3-D visualization and medical devices come together in this innovative new approach that is sure to be an industry game changer." As a premier partner of this year's conference, the University of Minnesota will be one of several foundational community members illustrating how the widespread transformation of healthcare innovation, regulation and delivery requires new strategies and unique collaborations to maintain Minnesota's leading edge in the life sciences. More than 15 entities from the University of Minnesota will join "The Anatomy of Success" in a dedicated quadrant in the exhibit hall on November 20.

In addition to showcasing the possibilities of academia-industry collaborations, life science industry leaders from dozens of renowned organizations will share insights throughout the day on crucial topics impacting healthcare today, including public policy, technical innovation and business and finance.