While every inventor wants his/her product to reach the market first, it is not often an easy task. The technical capabilities required are many in number and the unknowns are greater. This is even truer for medical device first-time entrepreneurs who have a prototype and are maneuvering through processes, FDA requirements, certifications and mass manufacturing […]
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In 2016, I had the exciting opportunity to join StarFish Medical’s electrical engineering department for an eight-month co-op. I ended up enjoying the fast paced, exciting, hands on work so much that I returned during my fourth year of studies and have since continued into a full-time job since graduating this past spring.
Looking for a good resolution to improve your medical device commercialization in 2019? Here are 9 great resolutions recommended by our team of engineers, designers, QA/RA, and manufacturing professionals.
StarFish Medical videos are created to help viewers learn about medical device design, development and manufacture. They are also a great way to get a better sense of the people you will be partnering with at StarFish. The top 10 viewed Starfish Medical videos for 2018 include 2 new videos and many favorites from previous […]
When choosing a manufacturer to launch your medical device, there are a lot of things to consider and options to compare. Cost, quality and lead time usually lead the list. Which ones are most important for your device? In this blog I’m going to focus on an often overlooked attribute that should be a high […]
Many entrepreneurs underestimate the importance of ramping up medical device manufacturing in a small and controlled way – sort of a slow ramp. They often overestimate how quickly they’re going to require high volume and underestimate the value of post-release design changes and the effort that will be required in early launch.
Hackathons are a fantastic environment for networking between academia and industry, and a real opportunity for students and young professionals to showcase their skills. On the last weekend of September 2018, the Victoria Health Hackathon was hosted by the University of Victoria’s Centre for Biomedical Research in downtown Victoria. The event brought together esteemed professionals […]
In a previous medical device company, I worked on a project where First-to-Market (FTM) was a deemed a priority for the company’s survival. To meet that highly compressed timeline, we decided to skip the phase-gate process and replace it with a FTM production release strategy. FTM product commercialization carries a much higher overall project risk […]
A couple of nights ago I watched The Bleeding Edge on Netflix. It’s a documentary about medical devices, or rather about side effects of medical devices. If you have not seen it yet, I recommend viewing it.
What Yeast, Richard Nixon, a CIA agent, a Teenager, Donald Trump and $9 billion dollars have to do with a Fake Medical Device Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup was at the top of my 2018 summer fun reading list. It was released in May 2018 and written by John Carreyrou (the two […]
Working in partnership with the Ministry of Health, the main funding entity in Ontario, EXCITE now offers customized, flexible services to help companies understand: the evidence they need to meet key stakeholder decision-making requirements to access the province’s market, the relevant systemic barriers that could slow adoption and uptake, the system changes that need to […]
When I arrived at StarFish with my idea for a patient handling device, I had just completed my engineering degree and was searching for further education in medical device development. Fortunately for me, StarFish provided master-level classes (albeit unaccredited) in project management, including Dealing with Vendors 101: Expect Delays and QMS 201: How to Maintain […]