Over many years of working in optics labs, I’ve come across a variety of lab practices ranging from admirable to appalling. These practices can have a significant impact both on the quality of data and the efficiency with which it’s collected. Below, some optics lab best practices to help create an optics lab environment that […]
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Improve your medical device innovation process Everyone has a mental toolkit of innovation – a series of patterns that innovative people find. They take something and they break it into pieces or they take pieces and put them together or they put things upside down or they hollow them out or they turn them inside […]
There are so many methods available to prototype that I’d like to expand upon an earlier blog. In this article I share the low-cost tips and methods on how to prototype a medical device on a budget that I use in my New Product Introduction (NPI) work. Just as importantly, I explain when I use […]
Participant’s takeaways from 2019 Medical Device Playbook Medical Device Playbook was conceived as a way to inspire entrepreneurship and connect the many players in the Medical Device world. In seven words, I would describe this as an “informative and inspirational storytelling event, great people”. Medtech innovators and investors described their first-hand commercialization, partnership, regulatory, and […]
The value proposition is easy to see and the advantages can be well worth the investment. Connected medical devices are shaking up the industry. Look at just about any home healthcare device in the last few years: chances are, you’ll find some sort of wireless chipset inside to radio information to the internet for telemedicine […]
Rapid Prototyping – Augmented Fastening 3D printed components presents a frustrating challenge. While we can print threads directly as a feature of parts, the resolution of the thread and the strength of the threads make printing seldom viable. We can bond parts, but that loses replaceability or maintenance. Self-tapping screws can work effectively as well, […]
As a seasoned project manager, and years of trial and error, I have come up with a few proven ways to manage technical teams with the goal for everyone to win. The results are usually a happy and collaborative team and a satisfied client. Here are five practical tips for managing technical teams.
Testing underpins the entire medical device development process. It provides the tangible evidence of device efficacy and safety. Testing generally begins with a reasonably ad hoc approach in Phase Zero for proof of concept and then shifts to a more formalized testing strategy to address safety and efficacy. At this point in time, product definition […]
I would like to take us all back to high school Biology for a moment to remember the concept of emergent properties. These properties only come out when individual parts start interacting with each other in any given system. Take common salt for example. The fact that it tastes salty does not mean that the sodium and chlorine which make up salt also taste salty. Saltiness […]
Medical device commercialization projects often require the Project or Program Manager to also wear the hat of “Program Architect.” “When it is obvious that the goals cannot be reached, don’t adjust the goals, adjust the action steps.” Confucius What’s your product vision? And what is the mission that you will undertake to get there? These are […]
Sheet metal fabrication is an excellent method of making mechanical parts, especially support brackets. They tend to be cheap, light, strong, and easy to pack and ship. In this article, I explain how to avoid hole distortion in sheet metal parts.
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 […]