Photo: Smiley N. Pool, Houston Chronicle
A Houston company that specializes in 3D printed models of human tissues and organs is one of three winners in a NASA iTech competition.
Lazarus 3D prints organ and tissue models for medical training, with a goal of improving surgery planning, minimizing medical errors and revolutionizing best practices in medicine.
And its technology to print soft materials could have applications in space, which made it desirable to the NASA iTech Initiative seeking innovative ideas in five technologies critical for future exploration: artificial intelligence, augmented reality advancement, autonomy, high-performance computing and medical breakthroughs.
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“This event is going to help us translate our technologies and make them have real-world effects,” Jacques Zaneveld, co-founder of Lazarus 3D, said in the news release.
The other winning companies were Cambridge, Mass.-based Analytical Space, with its data relay network solution that uses small spacecraft to get satellite data back to Earth quickly and affordably, and Miami-based One Milo, with its compact devices to enable rapid diagnostic testing, using blood, urine or saliva, and then to wirelessly send results to a smartphone app.
Moving forward, NASA iTech will mentor these companies and offer subject matter expertise as the they bring their ideas to market.