Pacific Research Laboratories

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Pacific Research Laboratories, Inc. is a leading producer of artificial bone, Sawbones, designed to simulate the bone architecture as well as the bone’s physical properties.[1] Founded in 1978, and now with about 70 employees, it is the largest manufacturer on Vashon, and is locally referred to as "The Bone Factory."[2]

In its research product development, lead researcher Susmita Bose began in 2000 to develop the first artificial open-celled cancellous bone model using materials such as polyurethane-based polymers, ceramic powders, and organic solvents.[3] This research is funded by Washington Technology Center http://www.waTechCenter.org

Sawbones has been developed specifically for surgical training where a realistic bone specimen is required.[4]

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