Jess Green, Business Development Sector Lead

The medical device innovation journey can be long and difficult, requiring a lot of commitment and a good bit of foresight. Despite this, there is a constant pressure to innovate as quickly as possible – just take the sudden urgency in new forms of testing and the rapid increase in demand for new ventilators amidst Covid-19 as an example. ⠀

The global healthcare industry is undergoing significant changes with considerable implications for medical device innovation.  Artificial Intelligence, Deep/Machine Learning, robotics, customer/patient-focused delivery models and new business and research arrangements are evolving to reflect technological changes and re-shape the sector.  ⠀

The design and development process is also far more complicated today. New regulations are coming into effect in Europe, and one can foresee critical regulatory changes in other markets in the years to come. Companies must design their products with risk mitigation, traceability, usability, and safety as core pillars, as well as acquire robust verification and validation data. Developing comprehensive designs involves a multi-disciplinary team with a deep understanding of regulatory, user and competitive environments.⠀

That said, the thought process behind medical innovation remains the same: provide practical solutions to address problems and unmet needs, ultimately to help, provide better care and quality of life. ⠀

RPD has ramped up its involvement in the medical innovation scene due to the COVID-19 outbreak. As an ISO 13485-accredited business, we have taken on a variety of projects, including:⠀

  • Low-cost and high-performance emergency ventilator development and industrialization for COVID-19 patients in partnership with Prof James Moore’s Medical Device Design team at Imperial College London.
  • Manufacturing millions of a bespoke designed medically approved face mask⠀
  • Working on various alternative diagnosis tech to detect SARS-Cov-2 through several measures, including heartbeat abnormalities, saliva, and smell loss⠀

Let’s not forget about broader medical innovation.  RPD is proud to be working on numerous projects for other conditions. Among them, GripAble, a connected device for hand and arm function therapy, such as needed by stroke rehabilitation patients. Used by neurological and orthopaedic therapists, GripAble connects to a mobile app to train movements and track progress, bringing motivation and fun to an otherwise tedious process, thus driving patient adherence to treatment. RPD has redesigned the device, and we are getting ready to manufacture and scale-up. ⠀

If you are involved in medical device innovation, or you are wondering how to develop your product, RPD is here to help. We support businesses through all stages, whether assessing emerging technologies feasibility, taking fantastic ideas from concept to mass-manufacture, setting up supply-chains, or assisting investors in evaluating opportunities. We work in partnership with our clients from working out the possibilities, to delivering products that fulfil functional, regulatory and patient requirements. ⠀

Innovations start with ideas. RPD is here to help you with the rest. ⠀

Contact us to find out more.