This article helps teams “design a pen” using design controls in a way that sparks innovation. I wrote it for the biotech or medical device industries but the concepts apply to any company that must share work among a team. We go from defining user needs to transferring design into manufacturing.
Medical device design, design controls, prototyping, user-centered design, and innovation; medical device manufacturing, process controls, and continuous improvement.
5 minute read.
The new European Union Medical Device Regulation will protect patient safety by requiring healthcare companies to make products that are “state of the art,” a term that’s easily misunderstood. This law is best explained with an example from cars, comparing today’s state of the art with to the 1980’s television series Knight Rider, where David Hasselhoff fought crime in a talking, self-driving car.
In the 1980’s, the rock-band Van Halen caused $85,000 damage to their dressing room after finding brown M&M’s in their bowl of “munchies” before a concert. The facts behind that story can help medical-device companies become more efficient and pass any FDA or ISO Quality-System audit. This article shows you how, with the lead singer of Van Halen, David Lee Roth, as your guide.