Posts in Medical Devices
Patrick Murphy Named Senior Industrial Designer at Trig Innovation

In a not-so-controversial move, Trig Innovation is pleased to announce the promotion of Patrick Murphy to the role of Senior Industrial Designer.

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Left to My Own Devices: Epi Pen Design and Auvi-Q

June 6, 2013 - Left to My Own Devices: According to the Centers for Disease Control, food allergies are on the rise.  Just during the three-year period spanning 2009-2011, the country saw a five percent increase in the number of kids under 18 suffering from food allergies.

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Brisley Joins Trig Innovation Design Team

Trig Innovation, an innovation management firm based in Durham, North Carolina, announces the addition of Drew Brisley to its industrial design team. Brisley is a 2012 graduate of North Carolina State University’s industrial design program, graduating with honors (summa cum laude).  

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Ferrick Joins Trig Innovation

Trig Innovation, an innovation management firm based in Durham, North Carolina, announces the addition of Lilly Ferrick to its business development team. A graduate of Florida International University, Ferrick arrives at Trig with a wealth of experience in consulting on behalf of industrial design and communications companies.  

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The Medical Device Tax: Explore the Alternatives

We recently published some thoughts on the coming medical device excise tax housed in the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA). The excise tax in question, a 2.3 percent levy on medical devices geared at hospitals, rehab clinics, and other medical practices, would generate $20 billion in revenue in the coming 10 years in support of a variety of efforts to deliver basic, affordable care to almost all Americans.

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Too Many Windows: The Medical Device Tax

This brings us to the coming 2.3 percent medical device tax is going into effect on January 1, 2013, as part of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  There has been a lot of very real upheaval, and not just rhetoric, in the device industry over the excise tax, as it is 2.3% of gross sales, as opposed to net sales.  

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Murphy’s Hypotenuse: Thoughts on the Passing of Bill Moggridge

Bill Moggridge passed away on this past September, leaving many of us in the global design community saddened at the loss of not only a great designer, but a great person. He also leaves us with his monumental legacy achieved on two continents, in multiple areas of design—doing it, teaching it, and serving as one of its principal champions over the course of four decades. His influence will live on for at least as many to come.

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Perception Is Reality—A Lesson in Human Factors

Guest blogger Rob Packard is a quality and regulatory expert with over 20 years of experience in managing product development for the medical device, biotechnology, pharmaceutical industries.

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A Way Forward for Medical Device Innovation

In a Q+A session, Stuart Karten, a California-based industrial designer and juror for the Medical Design Excellence Awards, talks about the intersection of consumer products and medical design.  Karten correctly documents the power of the first impression, since consumers often inform their buying choices with that powerful first interaction with a product.

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Relating to Ideation—Part One

As an industrial designer and innovation management consultant, ideation is a familiar topic, the principles of which can be applied across many industries.  At Trig Innovation, we have built deep industry experience in consumer products, but we have also found that most of our talents translate easily into medical devices and most recently, even to service companies. 

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Innovation in Medical Devices versus Consumer Products

When building practice specialty areas in product design and development, one must take into consideration that different industries require appropriate tailoring of innovation management skill sets.  A case in point is the difference in innovation management approaches when considering the medical device market in relation to consumer products.

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