Upcoming Essential Events for Medical Device and Biotech Startups

Posted on Fri, Feb 06, 2015
MD&M West 2015

Fallbrook Engineering recognizes the importance of supporting startup companies in the healthcare industry, and we're excited to participate in this year's 30th anniversary MD&M West Conferences in Anaheim on February 10, 11 & 12. This is the largest Med-Device event of the year and not something to miss.

This year's conference agenda includes a Financing, Funding and Startups session track that will provide resources and information for companies of all sizes looking to develop a valuable new product. The session will start on Wednesday, February 11, at 10 a.m. with "Startup Shark Tank California," followed by "How to secure funding from a Financier's perspective." The session will wrap up with an expert panel where Fallbrook's Richard Meyst will discuss the "Secrets to a Successful Startup" with David Mills of Dallen Medical and David J. Cuccia of Modulated Imaging. In anticipation of this expert panel, MDDI magazine has published an editorial from each speaker outlining the elements of a successful startup. Read Richard's "5 Practical Tips on Developing a Successful Startup" at MDDI online.

Early bird rates for the conferences are not available this close to the event date, but online registration is still discounted from at-the-door pricing. Visit the MD&M website to register now for your expo and conference passes.

Fallbrook Engineering's interest in supporting and mentoring medical device startups continues with announcement of the continuation of our Product Development for Medical Technology Startups Series of seminars and expert panels. Once again we will be collaborating with Molecular Diagnostics Consulting to bring insightful, valuable information and advice to Med-Device startups of all kinds. So stay tuned, more information on the next event in the series will be available shortly.

Tags: Workshop Series 2014, MD&M West, startups, MDDI

Join Fallbrook Engineering at MD&M's 30th anniversary event

Posted on Fri, Jan 09, 2015
MDM West 2015

Register now to join Fallbrook Engineering at America's largest medtech event.

Fallbrook Engineering will continue their focus on successful practices for medical device and biotech startups by participating in this year's 30th anniversary MD&M West conference. Along with representatives from Dallen Medical and Somersault Orthopedics, Fallbrook President/CEO Richard Meyst will participate in the panel discussion "Learn the Secrets to a Successful Startup" on Wednesday, February 11.

Feb. 11 Conference Agenda - MD&M West 2015

Early bird rates end January 16 and conference sessions fill up fast, so sign up soon. We hope to see you there!

To view the full conference schedule and register to attend, please visit the MD&M West 2015 website.

Tags: events, MD&M West, startups

Fallbrook Associate Spotlight: Medical Device Executive

Posted on Thu, Dec 11, 2014

Fallbrook Engineering is pleased to announce that Ed Boarini has joined our team as Senior Associate.

Mr. Boarini is a successful global business executive with over 35 years of experience in medical device commercialization spanning the product life cycle from concept to commodity. He is familiar with FDA Class I/II/III and his hands-on experience ranges from high-volume disposable products to long-term implant devices in a wide variety of diverse medical specialties. He has devised strategies that drove growth through operational efficiencies, market insight and tactical implementation.

In his various leadership roles Mr. Boarini set the direction and scope of strategic planning, business development and acquisition activities and led key R&D and marketing initiatives driving innovation and leading-edge capabilities across various technology platforms. His technical expertise ranges from custom extrusions, catheters, performance fibers, injection molding and metal fabrication through numerous end-user products ranging from urological catheters to interventional GI products.

In one of his most recent roles Boarini led Teleflex Medical OEM as SVP/GM from 2007-2012. Prior to Teleflex Medical OEM, Boarini accumulated over twenty-five years of executive management experience with several large medical device corporations including Baxter Healthcare, Boston Scientific, and CR Bard.

Mr. Boarini is a successful senior executive with an extensive background in design development and commercialization of medical devices.  He is a proven contributor to corporate growth, profitability and intellectual property estate.  Mr. Boarini earned a Bachelor of Science in Biology from the University of Illinois and a Master of Science in Technology Management from Pepperdine University.

Tags: medical device design, associates

Another Successful Evening Discussing Product Development for MedTech Startups

Posted on Fri, Nov 07, 2014


Panel Discussion: Product Development StrategiesFallbrook Engineering was excited to once again collaborate with Molecular Diagnostics Consulting in the second event in a series outlining Product Development for Medical Technology Startups. Last night's event featured a panel of industry experts familiar with every stage of product development, from funding and marketing to process control and intellectual property. All in all it was a successful evening filled with great networking opportunities and valuable information.

Thank you to all who participated!


Featured exhibitors:

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Westpak, Lab Fellows, Hera Labs, GattaCo, Bartz Consulting

Featured expert panelists:
Marliese Bartz, Bartz Consulting
Iryna Clark, InceptPoint
Madhushree Ghosh, AltheaDx
Susan Gorman, Gorman IP Law
Martin Kleckner, TriTech SBDC
Mark Sarno, Vision Biotechnology Consulting


Information for the next event in early December will be available shortly. 

Tags: molecular diagnostics, Workshop Series 2014, events

Product Development Strategies: Introducing Our Expert Panelists

Posted on Fri, Oct 31, 2014

Time is running out, sign up today!

Product Development Strategies

Less than one week left to sign up for Panel Discussion: Product Development Strategies, the second event in Fallbrook Engineering and Molecular Diagnostics Consulting's Product Development for Medical Technology Startups series.

Join us on Thursday, November 6, to discuss the strategies needed to successfully bring your Biotech and MedTech products to market. From business development and operations to funding and marketing, topics that every startup needs to know will be covered by a panel of industry experts.

Panelists and topics:

Operations and Process Control
Marliese Bartz | Principal, Bartz Consulting

Iryna Clark | Marketing Consultant, InceptPoint Consulting

Business Development
Madhushree Ghosh | Head, Alliance Management, Althea Dx

Patents and IP
Susan Gorman | Principal, Gorman IP Law

Martin Kleckner | Senior VP, SBDC TriTech

Mark Sarno | President, Vision Biotechnology Consulting

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For more information and to register, please visit our event page.






Tags: medical device design, biotech, Workshop Series 2014, events

Nov. 6 - Experts Discuss Product Development Strategies for Med Devices

Posted on Fri, Oct 17, 2014

Product Development Strategies

The second event in our Product Development for Medical Technology Startups series - co-sponsored with Molecular Diagnostics Consulting - will be held on November 6, 2014, at Hera Hub in Sorrento Valley.

Learn about the product development strategies needed to move your product from proof-of-concept to commercialization. Biotech and medical device experts will discuss topics including business development, marketing, operations and process control, patents and IP, regulatory, and funding strategies. Come get to know your San Diego startup colleagues while enjoying a variety of local craft beers.



Marliese Bartz | Principal, Bartz Consulting
Iryna Clark | Marketing Consultant, InceptPoint Consulting
Madhushree Ghosh | Head, Alliance Management, Althea Dx
Susan Gorman | Principal, Gorman IP Law
Martin Kleckner | Senior VP
Mark Sarno | President, Vision Biotechnology Consulting


6:00 - 6:45 pm – Registration, exhibits & networking
6:45 - 7:00 pm – Panelist Introductions

7:00 - 8:00 pm – Panel Discussion, Q&A

Who Should Attend

Biotech & Medical Device Entrepreneurs
Founders, CEOs and Managers of Startups
Life Science Technology Transfer Community
Medical Technology Innovators


Includes networking, exhibits, refreshments, and panel discussion.

Early bird registration Oct. 11-24: $25

Late registration Oct. 25 - Nov. 5: $35

Event day registration Nov. 6: $40

Please visit our event page for more information.

Tags: biotech, molecular diagnostics, Workshop Series 2014, events

Join us for our first product development workshop - Oct. 1, 2014

Posted on Fri, Sep 12, 2014

Fallbrook Engineering and Molecular Diagnostics Consulting are pleased to announce the beginning of our Product Development for Medical Technology Startups series. Our topics will include product development design & validation, business & marketing strategies, regulatory requirements and how to find resources to help with the process.

Join us on Wednesday October 1, 2014 for the first in our 3 part series, Demystifying Product Development for Biotech & Medical Device Startups. This event will focus on networking, resources and an introduction to the product development process. Come get to know your SD biotech startup colleagues while enjoying a variety of local craft beers.

Register now!


6:00 pm - Exhibits, networking, local craft beers & light snacks

6:50 pm - Meet the Sponsors

7:00 pm - Overview of the Product Development Process

7:30 pm - Guest speakers from SD startups

Who Should Attend

Biotech & Medical Device Entrepreneurs
Founders, CEOs and Managers of Startups
Life Science Technology Transfer Community
Medical Technology Innovators


Date: Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Time: 6-8 p.m.
Admission: $25 - Includes networking, refreshments and presentations

For more information and to register, please visit our event page.


Event Sponsors:

Fallbrook Engineering, Inc. MDxC

Tags: biotech, molecular diagnostics, Workshop Series 2014, events

Fallbrook CEO to participate in CONNECT Capital Competitions

Posted on Tue, Aug 05, 2014

CONNECT, the San Diego based regional program that links inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success (http://connect.org/), has invited Fallbrook Engineering President and CEO Richard Meyst to participate on the Distinguished Judging Panel for the August 13th Capital Competition. 

Taking place four times per year, the Capital Competitions connect startups that have completed CONNECT’s free Springboard mentoring program with funding and growth opportunities. Since 1993, Springboard has assisted science and technology companies with marketing, financial, and strategic business advice. Currently the program has guided more than 3000 startups through the process of innovation to commercialization.

“I am honored to take part in this exciting competition which will select the next group of CONNECT Portfolio companies who are then eligible to present in the region’s year round investor forums,” said Meyst. “Mentoring, coaching and preparation enables local start-ups to effectively compete and connect with funding essential for their success,” he added. “We have many companies come to us with great ideas, but no money. The Springboard and Capital Competitions programs help this type of company get funded and moves them one step closer to product launch.” 

Winners will celebrate at a reception on August 19th at Janssen Labs, one of the program sponsors.  To learn more about the CONNECT Capital Competition visit http://connect.org/capital-competitions/.

Fallbrook Engineering (www.fallbrookeng.com) is a contract design and development consulting firm serving the biotech, pharmaceutical and medical device industries since 1981. 

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Tags: CONNECT, Springboard Program, Capital Competition

Case Study Features the Work of FEI Associate Bill Gould

Posted on Fri, Jun 13, 2014

Boxx Technologies article featuring Bill Gould's workBoxx Technologies, a company that manufactures high-performance computing hardware solutions focused on visual effects, game development, CGI animation and broadcasting, recently published a case study featuring the work of one of Fallbrook Engineering's most esteemed senior associates, Bill Gould.

Bill is an elite model maker, precision machinist, toolmaker, molder, and plastic part designer. His proficiency with SolidWorks and KeyShot has twice led him to win the SolidWorks International Design Competition. For over 20 years his creative brilliance in designing, modeling and machining rapid prototypes for consumer products and medical devices has made him a valuable addition to Fallbrook's network of associates.

We are always excited to see his work shared through various industry publications and case studies.

Please click here to view a PDF of the full case study from Boxx Technologies, and visit KeyShot's blog for more photos of Bill's work.

Tags: associates, CAD, SolidWorks

The Importance of Outsourcing in Medtech

Posted on Sat, Mar 22, 2014

The latest edition of Medical Product Outsourcing Magazine featured an article that discussed the importance of outsourcing and collaborative partnerships in research and development, a key topic in the current medical technology industry.

Medical Product Outsourcing Magazine

Recognizing Fallbrook Engineering’s 33 years of consulting to the Life Sciences industry, Medical Product Outsourcing reached out to President/CEO Richard Meyst to provide insight into the current and anticipated direction of the medtech industry.

While the challenges companies face today in our industry have changed, the decision making process a company uses to decide if it needs outside resources has remained largely the same.

For example:

Does the company have the appropriate resources for the project?
Do the duration and/or economics of the project warrant hiring people?
How does the project fit into the strategic plans of the company?

The medical device market is rapidly changing with increasing regulatory requirements, a focus on patient outcomes as well as the efficacy of the product, and the impact of the changes to product reimbursement levels. As a result, outsourcing partnerships have become even more instrumental to successful product development through targeting efforts in the areas where companies need the immediate support, but do not want nor need a full staff for the purpose. Fallbrook Engineering specializes in providing the resources to the life sciences community for these situations. As the challenges and needs shift, Fallbrook Engineering shifts to meet those needs.

As Mr. Meyst said in the article,

“The days of technology for technology’s sake are gone. The economics of [Product Development] have become an overriding factor. We have doctors or people associated with startups come to us with great ideas born out of an identified need in the market—a doctor may invent something, for example, because he can’t find a good product to help him do his job. For those kinds of ideas to be successful, there has to be a reimbursement path that ultimately will allow the product to be funded. People don’t think of that. You have to consider how [health] insurance companies are going to look at the innovation. And you have to have a [business] model that allows people to make money selling it.”

Fallbrook Engineering assists Life Sciences companies and inventor/startups to expand their development research efforts by providing expert personnel and manufacturing resources. This offers our clients a variety of pathways for accomplishing their R&D goals, now and in the future.

With operations running for the past 33 years, Fallbrook Engineering has successfully navigated through the significant changes in the industry that started with the 1976 device act. We would like to be your outsource resource, so please contact us today for a confidential consultation.

Tags: medical device design, R&D, MPO, outsourcing