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In this section, you will be guided by our experts in residence, Patrick Hall (Designing Science), Kerry Briggs (Head of Medical, Kinneir Du Fort) and James Holmes (Head of Electronics, Kinneir Du Fort). You will learn how to plan ahead, improve usability and managing technical risks.

Unpacking the Design of Medical Devices 

Prepared by James Holmes & Kerry Briggs

Summary

5 things our clients wished they knew when starting their development

  • Considering your users from an early stage is really important to ensure you end up with a product which is  safe and easy to use and a commercial success.
  • Establishing a clear set of requirements for your product at an early stage will give you the best chance of  success and help to avoid expensive surprises in the later stages of development.
  • The development process is a journey and it probably won’t be smooth sailing. You may need to go  through several prototype iterations along the way but its important to prove out the core functionality at the  heart of your product from an early stage.
  • Software in medical devices can be very powerful and is enabling whole new types of diagnosis and  treatment solutions but its important to understand how it is regulated at an early stage.
  • Documentation can feel like a headache at the beginning of your development journey and it can be minimal  while taking your first steps, don’t neglect it too long though, it is best practice for a reason.