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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

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