We often hear about medical device approvals, how they are performing in clinical trials, etc, etc. But where are these devices born? How does a medical device go from idea to approval? One answer: the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota. In this interview, Dr. Art Erdman tells us how the unique Medical Devices Center is breeding the next wave of medical device inventors and stakeholders.
INTERVIEW HIGHLIGHTS WITH DR. ART ERDMAN:
- Where should medical devices really come from? Hint: listen to the voice of the customer.
- Overview of the Medical Devices Center and its unique mid-career fellows program.
- Why medical device professionals want to participate in the fellows program at the Medical Devices Center.
- The birth of the Medical Devices Center and how it came to be.
- Funding sources and the business model for the Medical Devices Center.
- Why the Medical Devices Center will help in the effort to face a serious threat to the medical device space.
- Overview of the Design of Medical Devices Conference.
- Dr. Erdman’s advice to other medical device doers: follow your passion, do your homework, and network.
- And much more!
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WHO IS DR. ART ERDMAN?
Dr. Art Erdman, PhD, is a Teaching Professor of Mechanical Engineering at the University of Minnesota, specializing in mechanical design, bioengineering and product design. In July 2007, he was selected as the Director of the Medical Devices Center at the University of Minnesota. He also been the Chair of nine different ’Design of Medical Devices Conferences’ which are held next to the University of Minnesota each April. He received his BS degree at Rutgers University, his MS and Ph.D. at RPI. Dr. Erdman has published over 325 technical papers, 3 books, holds over 30 patents, and shares with his former students 9 Best Paper Awards at international conferences. He led the effort to create LINCAGES, a mechanism software design package that has been used worldwide.