Success Story

LifeLike BioTissue


With an investment of $100,000 from OCE (OCE’s Martin Walmsley Fellowship for Technological Entrepreneurship], University of Western Ontario researcher, Dr. Leonardo Millon, is leading a team developing synthetic human tissue used for surgical practice and training.

The proprietary tissue is formed into anatomic models of the aorta, veins, coronary arteries and other tissues and organs. It looks, feels, and reacts like soft human tissue giving surgeons-in-training the ability to learn faster and with more accuracy without the medical, ethical and legal risks of operating on live patients.

Lifelike BioTissue has been used in surgical skills labs in more than 50 training hospitals in Canada, the United States and Europe, and the technology continues to be acknowledged by leading surgeons at Stanford and Harvard as an excellent training tool.

The company won the 2010 Health Technology Exchange (HTX) Award for the Best Medical and Assistive Technology Company at the TiEQuest 2010 competition and recently secured $50,000 in additional funding from HTX.

“We used the LifeLike BioTissue conduits for our surgical resident wet lab program and found them to be incredibly realistic. The conduits provided the residents with an appreciation for tissue handling and were ideal for anastomotic exercises.”

—Gideon Cohen, MD, MSc, Ph.D., FRCSC(C), Associate Professor, Department of Surgery
Program Director, Cardiac Surgery Residency Program, University of Toronto
Staff Surgeon, Division of Cardiac and Vascular Surgery, Schulich Heart Program, Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre

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