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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

What the New FDA 510(K) Guidelines Mean for Medtech Product Development

For centuries scientists, engineers, and visionaries have been iterating and expanding on each other’s designs, even on products seemingly as simple as the light bulb Their efforts are focused on making them safer, more reliable, and more compatible

8 Ways to Secure Funding for Your Project

People do not enjoy talking about money with others, so it shouldn't come as a surprise that there's a handful of people who don't know how to secure financing for their big project. The idea you've come up with is a good one, and you’ve done your

Essentials of Prototyping Your Product

It’s exciting to develop a new product or discover ways to improve upon an inefficient design. Perhaps you’ve already found a unique solution, or you’re eager to be the one that finds it and invents something valuable and rare. However, no matter

What is Data-Driven Product Design?

The Product Design Process and Data Product design is a constant process of iteration. No product is developed off the first design, making collaboration and teamwork crucial to successfully navigating the design process. What turns a design team

Eric Ell: The Sherpa Through Uncertainty

As the saying goes, “If you’re going through Hell, keep going”. The quote, sometimes attributed to Winston Churchill, may as well have been written for Eric Ell, who does business development for Nectar Product Development (NectarPD). Eric is

Human Factors in Product Design

Since 1989 when the FDA completed their study on device recalls that “demonstrated that 45 to 50 percent … stemmed from poor product design” (1), design companies and the FDA have taken more seriously how humans interact with machines and software.

Design Thinking Medical Technology – MD&M West 2018

It was another successful year at MD&M West for Nectar Product Development. In addition to the excellent media coverage from MDDI and the Product Development Tour, we were featured in an article inserted in Manufacturing & Design Today on our