CLEVELAND, Ohio, June 30, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Simbionix Ltd., a subsidiary of Simbionix USA Corporation, the world's leading provider of medical education and simulation training products for medical professionals and the healthcare industry, and USF Health, an organization dedicated to creating a model of health care based on understanding the full spectrum of health, are proud to announce that together they received a BIRD (Binational Industrial Research and Development) Grant to support the development of a Laparoscopic Hysterectomy simulation module.
The BIRD Foundation was established by the U.S. and Israeli governments in 1977 to generate mutually beneficial cooperation between the private sectors of the U.S. and Israeli high tech industries, including start-ups and established organizations. BIRD provides both matchmaking services between U.S. and Israeli companies, as well as funding covering up to 50 percent of project development and initial product commercialization costs.
Developing this new Laparoscopic Hysterectomy module supports Simbionix' goal for including complex advanced procedures in their comprehensive LAP Mentor(TM) Simulator. It also reaffirms Simbionix' commitment towards improving the quality of care in the field of Women's Health. Approximately 600,000 hysterectomies are performed annually in the US, making it the second most frequently performed major surgical procedure. The Laparoscopic Hysterectomy procedure requires greater surgical skills than the vaginal and abdominal methods, and as such necessitates performing approximately 15 procedures before surgeons become proficient. Since this procedure is difficult to teach using conventional methods, practicing Ob-Gyns may have never received laparoscopic training during their residency. The new module will use medical simul