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Medical company earns patent

October 11, 2017
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S2T Surgical SmartTrainer
The S2T Surgical SmartTrainer. Courtesy Encoris

A maker of medical models and surgical training products in the region has received a patent for a new offering.

Holland-based Encoris said last month it earned the patent for its S2T Surgical SmartTrainer, a hands-on surgical training system created by Jim TenBrink, co-founder and inventor, Encoris. 

The S2T system consists of a customizable, life-like human torso, containing a "c-arm mimic" with four high-definition micro-cameras, LED illumination, rechargeable power and connectivity.

The company said these features create x-ray-like images with 97-percent accuracy in real-time on any USB- or HDMI-enabled device. The imaging and web connectivity allow for “worldwide surgical training and product development webinars.”

“This patent allows us to secure our first-to-market advantage and continue building our portfolio of innovative products, while changing the landscape of minimally invasive surgical training,” TenBrink said.

The product will be available for sale in early 2018.

The system can simulate the bone anatomy of different diseases and be customized to include any portion of the body to benefit students of spine surgery, cardiac surgery, interventional radiology and general surgery.

Encoris said the S2T system reduces the amount of time surgical trainees need in cadaver labs, the amount of radiation surgeons are exposed to during training sessions and training costs for medical device companies, hospitals and medical schools.

TenBrink said the S2T Surgical SmartTrainer is "designed to train 21st-century surgeons with 21st-century technology."

He added that the system removes logistical, financial and geographic limitations for surgical training and practice, so surgeons can "learn, train or teach anywhere, without the negative impact of x-ray radiation or restraints of expensive cadavers."


Encoris makes medical models and surgical trainers for education, simulation and clinical skills learning.

Its clients include medical device and pharmaceutical companies, with focuses on orthopedic, cardiovascular and urologic specialties. 

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