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Join us on Tuesday, March 14 at 12:00pm as Dr. Jacques Zaneveld—Founder and CEO of Lazarus 3D—shares his experiences and the story of his revolutionary company that is changing the way complex medical surgeries are practiced and performed.
Dr. Jacques Zaneveld, Ph.D.
Founder and CEO | Lazarus 3D
Dr. Jacques Zaneveld is a professional scientist and entrepreneur. Half of his early life was spent on a boat in the South Pacific, while the other half was spent in Corvallis, Oregon. Traveling the world instilled him with a sense of wonder and curiosity fuels his work to this day. Trained as a scientist, Dr. Zaneveld has published numerous scientific papers, and obtained funding for his work from the National Eye Institute, National Library of Medicine, the CIBR center and the National Science Foundation. Originally, 3D printing was a hobby, but he quickly realized its potential to revolutionize medicine and science. Jacques founded Lazarus 3D to help scientists and clinicians by providing them with 3D printing tools and techniques.
Imagine you have a tumor in your brain, growing right next to a bundle of nerves that control motion on the right half of your body. A single wrong cut from your surgeon could leave you partially paralyzed – or could break the tumor capsule, letting cancerous cells spill into your brain, increasing your chances of remission. How nervous would you, your family, and even your surgeon feel going into the operation? Now imagine that your doctor was able to practice the exact same operation five times on a realistic copy of your brain, built from your MRI data. He would have the chance to figure out a reliable way to approach the tumor while minimizing the risk to your brain. How much more confident would you and your doctor be about the operation? How much would you pay for this service, and how much money would our medical system save by avoiding mistakes? This isn’t science fiction; it is the future of Lazarus 3D.
Lazarus 3D is a medical start-up based upon a revolutionary new 3D printing technology. Using our patent pending process, we have the unique ability to rapidly prototype life-like human tissue models. Our long term goal is to make rehearsals on 3D printed copies of patient anatomy a standard of medicine. However, to get there we will need to complete a rigorous set of scientific testing to prove the safety and efficacy of our unique approach. This research is already underway, with our first research paper testing this technology on 13 patients currently under peer review. While we continue to support and publish research studies building to our long term goal we plan on establishing a strong financial base for our company focused around the design and construction of customized medical training models with unparalleled realism. Through this approach, we hope investors will take on limited risk while maintaining the potential for a massive upside.