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Medical Device Prototypes Can Mislead

Once upon a time, I was a huge proponent of prototyping medical devices as soon as possible. Today, I'm a little more hesitant. Don't mishear me--prototypes of your medical device can certainly be extremely valuable. However, I think it is VERY important to be clear about what you hope to learn from the prototype. Equally important, it is VERY important to understand what the prototype can not do. In other words, know what decisions can be made based on the type of prototype you have. Let me expand a little. Several months ago, we were initiating a medical device design and development project. We had some product designs sketched and started to narrow the list down to just a few concepts. Once narrowed, the design resource offered to "grow" some 3D prototypes. Within a...

Medical Device Prototyping – A Sometimes Viscous Cycle

I've talked quite a bit about the importance of prototyping in the past. I'm really appreciating the value of having (or not having) a prototype with the current medical device startup I'm working with. And let me say, that while having a prototype is very useful, having a prototype that is the wrong dimensions may be detrimental. I'll explain. This project stalled a couple months ago due to product design concepts. There were a couple of ideas presented on paper along with a 3D prototype that had missed the mark. So, we went back to the drawing board--literally. New thumbnail concepts and ideas were sketched. A few of these were tweaked and refined into 3D images on screen. Progress was being made, albeit much more slowly than I liked. And then there...

Failing Fast & Cheap During Product Development

Several weeks ago, I suggested in a YouTube video that I was considering developing a new device for handling unruly nose hair. I spent less than $10 to come up with a couple "proof of concept" prototypes. A few weeks later, someone who watched the video created an animation of a 3D concept for a nose hair trimming deviceĀ (I still haven't met this person even via email, but I thank them for their interest). The other day while shopping for a few household items, I visited the personal grooming aisle. There are quite a few gadgets available claiming to be the best nose hair trimmers on the market. And maybe one actually is. I don't plan to purchase each one by one to find out. But...

Helping Medical Device Inventor By Paying It Forward

During the past few weeks, I have been helping a person I don't know and have only met once via a Skype video call get feedback about his medical device concept. The person did not offer me any compensation, nor did I request any payment. I just offered to put some feelers out and see what kind of feedback and responses I could get. Why? I know I have a top-notch network and am either already connected or easily could be connected with physicians who can and will provide feedback for the inventor. I know that I can help this person understand the medical device product development process just a little better. I know that if the idea isn't worth pursuing, taking this approach makes the best sense for the inventor--spend as little...