Integra LifeSciences has opened Center for Research, Education and Training in Irvine, California, to accommodate simulated surgical training, while also creating a laboratory setting for research and development for its products in spine, orthopedics and neurosurgery.

Integra will host its first spine research lab in the center on 21 August 2010.

The Center features 2,800 square feet of combined classroom training and lab space, and includes four fully equipped surgical stations, designed to mirror an operating room, which will allow surgeons to practice procedures on cadaveric specimens and test new product concepts.

It also includes instruments for use in orthopedic procedures, c-arm fluoroscopy systems, and endoscopy towers for video imaging. The lecture room is hardwired for internet access and is equipped with audio/visual equipment.

Integra global spine & orthobiologics president and strategic development head Brian Larkin said that as medical devices and surgical techniques are constantly evolving, advanced hands-on training and surgeon involvement in device development is critical for improving patient care.

New Jersey-based Integra LifeSciences is a provider of regenerative medicine. The company’s products are used primarily in orthopedics, neurosurgery and general surgery.