This one-day workshop will explore all aspects of the medical device development process:
Why good ideas fail: Budgetary issues; IP; the wrong team; commercially not viable; technology obsolescence; misleading or unachievable outcomes; not understanding the process; not being receptive to change.
Trigger points: Understanding competing products; identifying the unique selling point; assessing whether it is one product or a sequence; assessing whether is it a transferrable technology; longevity.
Fail fast, fail cheap: The need for early stage proof-of-concept; idea validation; identifying and understanding the challenges.
3D printing, proof-of-concept and early stage evaluation
Product development methodologies: An overview of the strategic process; gateways; perceived versus actual development pathways; double diamond strategy.
Design for compliance / manufacture / user / IP: Holistic design and the requirements for designing the device.
Documentation: Design history files; regulatory requirements; identifying and mitigating risk.
Commercial viability and risk management: Initial costings for capital expenditure; viability; health economics analysis; skills matrix and implementing the right team.
Moving the project forward: Further engagement; clinical evaluation and advisory groups; endorsements; converting the project/product outcomes into a language which funders/investors/industry can understand.
This course will be delivered by Richard Hall, Managing Director, Pd-m International Ltd.
Richard started his career in 1986 with an engineering apprenticeship at Rolls-Royce Plc.
In 2005 Richard founded Pd-m, a product design and manufacture consultancy based in Ripon, North Yorkshire. The business comprises a multi-discipline team of designers, engineers and manufacturers. Around 70% of the work is based in the medical technologies and healthcare sector. The range of products the Pd-m team have worked with include arthroscopy, MND disease, bowel cancer diagnostics, abdominal retraction platform, shoulder surgery, catheters, obstetric forceps, dental, digital health and wearable technologies. Since being established Pd-m have won several innovation awards and been featured in the media.
In addition to running Pd-m, Richard has mentored on the Design Council Spark Innovation fund and is a visiting tutor at the Royal College of Art.
Spaces are limited and registration is essential. Exclusively open to research staff and students at Translate partner universities.
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