Archive for September, 2010

No such thing as too simple

September 28, 2010 |  by  |  Concepts/Ideas, Innovation, Lead-users, Uncategorized  |  No Comments

When it comes to developing medical devices, there are engineers that love working on complex electro-mechanical systems with sophisticated software algorithms.  Maybe I am the exception that proves the rule, but for me the simpler the idea the better. In fact, when I come across an elegant solution to an entrenched medical problem in the form of a low-tech design, I just smile and give a mental high-five. Read More

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Where are the Doctor Inventors?

September 19, 2010 |  by  |  Internet, Lead-users  |  No Comments

Over the last 20 years, I have interacted with many physicians in my pursuit of developing novel medical devices. In almost every hospital I have traveled, from Minneapolis to Marseille, there is a physician wanting to tell you about a great idea. As I have discussed on previous blogs, many of these doctors have actually identified insightful needs, but require an engineer or technical collaborator to help identify the apparatus (i.e. the idea) to achieve their goal. Read More

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Dancing with the Patent Examiner

September 10, 2010 |  by  |  Patents  |  No Comments

I remember my first patent rejection.  Waiting 2 years for a response to my earliest medical device patent application, only to see all patent claims being REJECTED, left me frustrated and dejected.  Then, a senior engineer matter-of-factly explained to me that all utility patent applications are rejected in their first office action. Read More

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NIH Funds Inventors, not just Research

September 7, 2010 |  by  |  Funding  |  No Comments

Every physician that has been involved with medical research is familiar with the NIH (National Institute of Health), the monolithic government agency that doles out funding for medical research.  What is less obvious to physicians is that the NIH has a mandate to transfer medical research into commercial products that treat patients and create high paying American jobs manufacturing these devices. Read More

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Physician Inventor’s Forum

September 2, 2010 |  by  |  Forums, Inventor  |  1 Comment

doctor medical device forumAs an engineer with years of experience prototyping and developing physician conceived medical devices, I have been searching the Internet for a physician inventors’ forum. My logic is simple; if I want to get innovative doctors to use my services, go where they congregate.  Obviously, there must be a user’s group or forum on the Internet for physician inventors; a place to share tips and contacts, or just to commiserate.  Facebook™ is a complete disappointment, with minimal participation in business groups.  LinkedIn™ has several groups, such as The Doctor-Engineer Connection, Medical Device Inventors and Healthcare Innovation by Design, which I have joined.  These groups have a limited number of physicians and those involved are typically tied to a medical device company or service provider. Read More

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