Fargo’s Advanced Bone Technology named in Pioneer’s top 500 startups

Advanced Bone Technology, a local startup founded around a research project to recreate human bone material with 3D printing, was named one of the top early-stage startups in the world by Pioneer500.

Pioneer is an organization that  They received 2,654 applications and chose what they believe are the “most trending early-stage startups from around the world,” they wrote in an e-mail.

Each of the Pioneer500 will travel to Pioneer’s fifth annual festival in Vienna, Austria, to showcase their work and meet other startup founders from across the globe. The festival is what Forbes’ calls, “A smarter SXSW.” Past events included conversations with the creators of Siri and Kickstarter, along with other great minds in the world of tech like Brad Templeton.

Advanced Bone Technology

The Advanced Bone Technology team: Joel Hedlof, Ben Ferguson and Andy Dalman.

It’s not the first time Andy Dalman, founder of Advanced Bone Technology, will be traveling abroad in celebration of his work. Last month he returned from a trip to Tel Aviv where he was celebrated as one of Forbes’ 30 Under 30.

“Yep, we’re hitting the road again,” he said. He will travel to Vienna for the conference on May 24 -25. Of course, traveling with Advanced Bone Technology sometimes means awkward encounters with security asking about the human bone in your backpack.

He often uses human bone as a comparison tool with their own creation, the SimuBone. The SimuBone is a patent-pending platform that Dalman and his team, Joel Hedlof and Ben Ferguson, combine with 3D printing material to create the most realistic alternative to human bone available. With it they are able to recreate every detail of the desired bone, from the contour of the cortical ‘hard’ bone to the intricate structure of the trabecular ‘spongy’ bone.

“Using SimuBone, device, training and medical procedure developers will be able to test their products more efficiently, consistently, and affordably,” writes Pioneer of Advanced Bone Technology. “Small teams will more easily overcome limited budgets and infrastructure to bring more life-saving products to market. In direct care scenarios, surgeons will be able to prepare for particularly delicate operations by performing test procedures directly on a near exact replica of the patient’s bone, minimizing risk and increasing quality of care.”


An illustration of the SimuBone (left) and human bone (right)

Dr. David Wells, Dalman’s mentor and professor in manufacturing engineering, continues to watch the success of Advanced Bone Technology with pride.

“It makes one’s heart sing,” he said.


Learn more about Advanced Bone Technology here.

Marisa Jackels