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Nectar 2019 CSULB Student Workshop

    Nectar opened its doors to hold a workshop to guide industrial design students attending the California State University, Long Beach (CSULB), through the user-centered design portion of their product development process. Prior to attending this

Nectar’s QMS is Officially ISO 13485 Certified: What it Means and Why it Matters

For years, Nectar has been meeting and exceeding the requirements necessary to meet the ISO 13485 standards, but today we are excited to announce that we have become one of the few companies who officially hold an ISO 13485 certified Quality

Big Data and Product Development Transforming Healthcare

Advanced product design and big data are changing our approach to healthcare. Take the human genome project for example. Using a genome sequencer, the whole human genome (about 3 billion base pairs) was successfully mapped in 2003. This breakthrough

Six MedTech Trends of 2019

Medical technology (MedTech) product development continues to be one of the fastest evolving subsets of the product development industry. While it is difficult to say what’s in the road ahead, it’s always interesting to look back at some of the most

Designing a new Technology-Infused Medical-Grade Scale

It’s a tool we’ve been using since the moment we were born, yet overlooked as we continue to streamline and infuse technology into nearly every other aspect of the medical industry. As product designers, we are constantly asking ourselves, "how can

Why You Need to Conduct an Intellectual Property Audit

Intellectual property (IP) is a critical asset class of any business.  An IP strategy is a coordinated plan that accounts for patents, trademarks, copyrights, and trade secrets, in view of your commercial plans.  An IP audit is an objective

The Importance of Human Factors Validation and Usability Testing in Medtech Product Development

As medical devices become more complex, the FDA and other international compliance standards including ISO 13485 continue to place greater emphasis on ways to improve the safety and effectiveness of products prior to commercialization. Human Factors

ISO 13485: 2016 and What It Means for Product Development in the Medical Field

Introducing and updating international standards has proved key in pushing companies to raise the bar in product development over the last fifty years. ISO 13485: 2016 specifically addresses the way companies implement management strategy that

Designing For Disability: How Augmented Perception and Adapting to Extremes Drives Innovation

When designing for disability, it is important to consider our preconceived ideas and our perceptions. Not only do we need to consider the ‘normalcy’ we place on having all our senses, our limbs, and an average height; we also have to consider how

Preparing to Partner with a Product Development Firm

Product development firms are in the business of helping to conceptualize, build, and develop new products that have the potential to fundamentally change markets.  Finding a solid partnership with the right development team is critical, as the