We are a very small organization trying to do way more than we probably should with our staff. We need vendors that can support us in our goals. It’s important for me to have a contract developer that can take ownership of the project that I can trust, and that can make big decisions we don’t need to fix at the end.
The primary purpose of the project is to develop a smaller and more flexible vapor generator with a 90% cost reduction. StarFish is helping Uptake to meet that goal, eventually moving to manufacturing. I liked their company focus on medical devices in development as well as in manufacturing.
StarFish has been very helpful in thinking creatively about the schedule timeline to meet our goals. We had a lot of disappointing interactions with other contract manufacturers and StarFish has made a world of difference.
It’s nice to have a point person in the project manager that I can trust and rely on. I can communicate directly with that person and know that they will disseminate information throughout the team at StarFish and will catch things to make sure they don’t fall through the cracks.
StarFish is certainly growing, but their primary goal is not to have an outsized growth at the expense of their clients. That means at the end of the day we are an important client to StarFish and it really feels that way. They take our needs seriously and it doesn’t feel like we are one small piece of their growth plan.
StarFish in one word? “Boutique”, that really means “Bespoke”. We are ourselves a boutique medical device company. We are very focused on single product platform. We are not a giant diversified company, but we have important things happening here and the size and scale of StarFish matches our size and scale.