Designing a new medical device is a bit more complicated than designing a toaster or an automotive cooling system. Besides the issues common to any product—feasibility, usability, and design for manufacture and assembly—there are also issues of biocompatibility, sterilization and FDA regulations to deal with.
SAUSALITO, CA-—Sanovas Inc. announced this week that it will expand its corporate headquarters in Marin County’s southernmost city and start local assembly of key components for its microsurgical devices, used in diagnosing and treating cancer and other chronic diseases.
College is a great time to experiment. That’s exactly what the Medical Devices Center (MDC) at the University of Minnesota encourages students to do. The 4,000-square-foot facility promotes interdisciplinary medical device development, including needs assessment, creative brainstorming, prototyping and testing.
More than 200 people work at the 172,000-square-foot Philips Respironics plant in New Kensington, PA. They assemble electromechanical medical devices for the global sleep and respiratory market. View a slideshow featuring some of the men and women who work on the line at the 2011 Assembly Plant of the Year.