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Simbionix is a line of surgical simulators that are used in medical schools to simulate surgical procedures.[1]



Simbionix was founded in 1998 by Ran Bronstein, Edna Chosack and David Barkay,[2] with research and development based out of Israel.[3] Today Simbionix is the name of a medical and surgical training simulation product line.[4]


The company creates 3D virtual reality surgical simulators and medical education resources, used by medical students to learn how to perform medical procedures and surgeries.[5] One of its first simulators was the GI Mentor for upper and lower gastroenterology procedures.[6] In 2013 they released the ANGIO Mentor Suite for endovascular training.[7] As of 2014 the company has designed simulators for sixty different interventional procedures within eight surgical specialties, on sixteen simulation platforms.[8] That year the company released its Simbionix RobotiX Mentor for training on robotic surgery.[9] In 2017 the company released its SPINE Mentor to help learners master minimally invasive spine surgery.[10]

In 2014 Simbionix was acquired for $120 million by 3D Systems, a NYSE traded company,[11][12] which continues to sell the Simbionix simulators.[13] The simulators are updated over time to keep pace with changes in the medical industry.[14] Simulations provide real-time feedback for the trainees.[15] About three thousand simulators are in use globally.[2]


  1. ^ Minimally Invasive Surgical Procedures—Advances in Research and Application: 2012 Edition: ScholarlyBrief. ScholarlyEditions. 26 December 2012. ISBN 9781464995156 – via Google Books.
  2. ^ a b Sagi Cohen (March 14, 2019). "Virtual Blood Vessels, 3D Printed Organs: No Animals Were Harmed in Training These Surgeons". Haaretz.
  4. ^ "Bloomberg - Are you a robot?".
  5. ^ Issues in Genitourinary Medicine: 2011 Edition. ScholarlyEditions. 9 January 2012. ISBN 9781464964503 – via Google Books.
  6. ^ Bar-Meir, Simon (1 July 2006). "Simbionix simulator". Gastrointestinal Endoscopy Clinics of North America. 16 (3): 471–478, vii. doi:10.1016/j.giec.2006.03.013. PMID 16876719.
  7. ^ "Endovascular Today - Simbionix Introduces Angio Mentor Suite for Endovascular Team Training". Endovascular Today.
  8. ^ Keshavan, Meghana (31 July 2014). "Simbionix acquired by 3D Systems for $120 million".
  9. ^ Griffiths, Laura (18 September 2014). "3D Systems Introduces New Simbionix Robotics Medical Training Simulator". TCT Magazine.
  10. ^ "3D Systems launches virtual reality simulator featuring a 3D printed spine". 3D Printing Industry. 12 June 2017.
  11. ^ "Simbionix enters into an agreement to be acquired by 3D printing company". Crain's Cleveland Business. 30 July 2014.
  12. ^ Orpaz, Inbal (1 August 2014). "3D Systems Snaps Up Israel’s Simbionix for $120 Million". Haaretz.
  13. ^ Kaplan, Joel A. (20 October 2016). Kaplan's Cardiac Anesthesia E-Book: In Cardiac and Noncardiac Surgery. Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 9780323463010 – via Google Books.
  14. ^ Seymour, Neal; Scott, Daniel (21 June 2010). Simulation and Surgical Competency, An Issue of Surgical Clinics - E-Book. Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 978-1455700684 – via Google Books.
  15. ^ Hawes, Robert H.; Fockens, Paul (1 November 2010). Endosonography E-Book: Expert Consult. Elsevier Health Sciences. ISBN 9781437735697 – via Google Books.