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LifeModeler, Inc. Staff Continues to Grow as Company Focuses on Operating Room Applications of its Popular Software Products


SAN CLEMENTE, Calif.---LifeModeler, Inc.(LMI), the leading global provider of biomechanical human body simulation tools and services, has bolstered its executive staff with the addition of three
medical device industry veterans, according to Shawn McGuan, CEO.

Ted Schwartz, MD, joins LifeModeler, Inc. as the Director of Clinical Applications. Dr Schwarz recently held a position of director of field operations for Computer Motion, Inc., a company specializing in minimally invasive surgical robotics and tele-surgery. Schwartz, a medical doctor with a degree from St. George’s University, has been actively involved in the integration of innovative technologies into the medical

According to McGuan, “he will play a significant role in LMI’s future product development, as we become increasingly interested in focusing on both the surgical theater environment and the benefits that our particular technology offer surgeons who are seeking cutting edge implant capabilities.”

Jonathan Nielsen, who joins LMI as a technology specialist, has a broad background in orthopedic research and product development, as well as biomechanical simulation. He most recently served as a senior product development engineer at Smith & Nephew Orthopedics (S&N), where he was primarily responsible for developing devices employed in total knee replacement surgeries. While at S&N, Nielsen was an active collaborator with LifeModeler, in the application of LifeMOD/KneeSIM to the knee system product line. In addition to applying his skills in the development of TKR systems at S&N, he actively worked in the marketing of the product to surgeons as well. His technical and communication skills with surgeons will be an asset to LMI.

Nielsen holds a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering from Iowa State University and a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa, where he was involved in orthopedic research at the University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics’ department of orthopedic surgery.

Suzanne Nielsen also joins LMI as a technology specialist. She was most recently employed as an orthopedic product development engineer at Medtronic, Inc., where she was part of a thoraco-lumbar product development group working with surgeons and engineers to develop lumbar spine products.

Her primary focus at LMI will be in the development of a new generation of products that focus on the spinal orthopedic market. She also has significant background in regulatory affairs and knowledge of Food and Drug Administration policies and procedures, and will support LMI’s involvement in these areas.

Ms. Nielsen holds a master’s degree in biomedical engineering from the University of Iowa.

“We’re very fortunate to be in a growth mode that is attracting some of the most accomplished talent in our industry,” said McGuan. “All three of these additions to our staff will play important roles in our planned product expansion into areas that directly benefit the patient including orthopedic product development as well as providing tools for the orthopedic surgeon.”

LifeModeler, Inc. recently completed a successful, multi-million dollar private offering as part of its growth plans that capitalize on the uniqueness of its LifeMOD™ human simulation tool, used extensively in the orthopedic implant market. The young company provides ground-breaking software that allows product designers to perform “virtual prototyping”—essentially evaluating new product concepts in a validated, computer model of a human body—prior to undertaking expensive physical prototype development. LifeMOD software is also used in the automotive, aerospace, and sporting goods industries.

LifeModeler, Inc. can be contacted at 949-366-6829, and additional information on the company and its products can be found at



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