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New Service Speeds Product Development

Published: Tuesday, July 26, 2005 - 22:00

A new service offering is designed to help medical device companies ensure the success of their innovations. Foster-Miller Inc.’s new Innovation Express is a series of services designed to help companies identify, target, design and manufacture innovative products. It uses the expertise of Foster-Miller’s 265 engineers to turn concepts into blockbuster innovations.

The services are organized into three phases: technology forecasting, product development and manufacturing system development. As confidentiality and intellectual property protection are essential for new product development, all work is the intellectual property of the customer, which is encouraged to file patent applications for innovations.

In the technology forecasting phase of the process, Foster-Miller identifies developing technologies that will affect the market in two, five and ten years down the road, leveraging technologies to emerging opportunities. During the product development phase, specialized engineers use research results from one-on-one interviews, focus groups and surveys to turn product concepts into prototypes. Testing and evaluation is also performed to establish manufacturing feasibility. The manufacturing system development phase is the culmination of the process.

“This suite of services enables companies to outsource the entire product development process, rather than taking a costly and time-consuming piecemeal approach,” says Ed Goldman, Foster-Miller senior vice president. “Many companies try to piece together different aspects of the product development process using various internal and external resources. This commonly results in disjointed information, redundant efforts and a poor matching expertise. By contract, Innovation Express brings the whole development process to a single point of focus, providing the quickest route to market.”

Foster-Miller is a product and equipment design company based in Waltham, Massachusetts. For more information, visit www.foster-miller.com.

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