MSC.Software Partners With École Polytechnique to Develop a Spine Surgery Simulator to Correct Scoliosis

SANTA ANA, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- May 17, 2010 -- MSC.Software, the leader in multidiscipline simulation solutions that accelerate product innovation, today announced its partnership with École Polytechnique, the top engineering university in Canada.

Through this partnership, École Polytechnique will use MSC Adams software to create a surgeon-friendly "spine surgery simulator" for the assessment of scoliosis instrumentation configuration strategies, and develop an optimization approach to find the best solution for the patient. This optimization approach shows potential to become a practical everyday tool for surgical correction predictions, to test different instrumentation configurations, and to build more efficient (rationalized) instrumentation design.

"Scoliosis is a complex deformity that affects millions of children worldwide. At MSC.Software, we strive to create solutions that improve the lives of people, and this partnership is a great example. I am pleased to support École Polytechnique as they advance the technology available to surgeons and help them more effectively relieve patient suffering from scoliosis," said John Janevic, Vice President of Strategic Operations at MSC.Software.

Professor Carl-Eric Aubin, Ph.D., P.Eng. at École Polytechnique and Researcher at Sainte-Justine University Hospital Center, agreed. "Adams is a unique software package that allows the students using the Adams platform to easily learn, develop, and test their biomechanical models and surgery simulations. When validated, the models are transferred to the surgery simulator platform using developer's tools. Adams is a powerful research and development tool."

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About École Polytechnique
École Polytechnique is one of Canada's leading engineering schools and is the largest in Québec in terms of its student population (around 6200) and the scope of its research budgets. Founded in 1873, Polytechnique has always provided high-quality university instruction in engineering at all levels by focusing on human values and striving to meet the needs of industry and society.

Polytechnique offers a wide array of programs (more than 100) at every level: certificates, bachelor's degrees and post-graduate studies. With 58 research units, Polytechnique's research activities are among the most active in Canada and account for nearly one-quarter of all university research in engineering in Québec. Polytechnique: a constant and growing presence in the field of engineering. For more information please visit:

About MSC.Software
MSC.Software is a global leader of multidiscipline simulation solutions that help companies improve quality, save time and reduce costs associated with designing and testing manufactured products. MSC.Software works with thousands of companies worldwide to develop better products faster with simulation technology, software, and services. MSC.Software employs 1,000 people in 23 countries. For additional information about MSC.Software's products and services, please visit

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