Fallbrook Engineering is pleased to be included in Medical Product Outsourcing's 2014 Company Capabilities and Outsourcing Directory.
In addition to publishing regular editions of relevant medical device industry news, marketing information, and regulatory and legislative updates from the US and abroad, MPO provides a comprehensive listing of manufacturers, products, and services for medical device companies. Their annual directory highlights the capabilities of a variety of companies in the medical device industry, from manufacturers and material suppliers to expert design and development firms like Fallbrook Engineering.
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By Frances Verter, PhD, Director of Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation
Today there are hundreds of cord blood banks, serving both the public and family clients, around the world. Since the first cord blood transplant 25 years ago, more than 30,000 have been performed worldwide. The biggest cord blood banks have hundreds of thousands of units in inventory, and many banks rely on automated equipment to facilitate stem cell separation and storage.
Yet, to this day, the act of collecting cord blood still relies on a trained technician to manually insert a needle into an umbilical cord vein.
Cellection Systems, a spin-off of Fallbrook Engineering, hopes to change that with their Cellect 250™ device for cord blood collection. The Cellect 250™ cuts the umbilical cord and collects the blood from all 3 umbilical cord blood vessels in one step, in a closed system.
A principal goal of the Cellect 250™ is to consistently yield larger collections. A needleless device could free cord blood banks around the world from reliance on phlebotomists. Public banks would not miss out on donations from births that occurred when staff were not on duty to perform the collection. Family banks that rely on busy midwives and obstetricians to collect cord blood would not have to worry about low collection volumes.
While the Parent’s Guide to Cord Blood Foundation does not endorse any specific product, we can say unequivocally that wide adoption of a medical device for efficient collection of cord blood would revolutionize this industry.
The Cellect 250 is currently under development and not commercially available or FDA approved.
For more information about umbilical cord blood collection, please visit the Parent's Guide to Cord Blood Foundation website.
Tomorrow is the deadline for standard entry in the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards. Please see the MDEA Program Overview and UBM's Call for Entries for more information regarding eligibility requirements, deadlines, and entry fees.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) program recognizes achievements in the design and development of medical products. Medical product manufacturers, suppliers, engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians are celebrated each year for their contribution in creating the groundbreaking products that are improving outcomes, saving lives and changing the face of MedTech. Fallbrook Engineering's President/CEO Richard Meyst will serve his 2nd three year term as a juror at these awards, and encourages any company that has an appropriate medical device to enter the competition. The final entry deadline for the competition is January 22, 2014.
Fallbrook Engineering's CEO Richard Meyst has once again been invited to participate as a juror at the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. This will be Richard's 2nd three year term as a juror.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) program recognizes achievements in the design and development of medical products. Medical product manufacturers, suppliers, engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians are celebrated each year for their contribution in creating the groundbreaking products that are improving outcomes, saving lives and changing the face of MedTech. As a close observer of these awards from the years Richard has participated as a juror, Fallbrook Engineering recognizes the value of this program and encourages any company that has an appropriate medical device to enter the competition. And, as Meyst says, “If you don’t enter, you can’t win."
From the MDEA website:
"The MDEA competition is a prestigious, publicity-charged program that fosters innovation by honoring the highest caliber medical devices on the market today. Both winners and finalists enjoy year-round opportunities to increase the market visibility of their company and its award worthy products among MedTech and healthcare professionals. Each year finalists are announced in the April issue of MD+DI (Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry) magazine. Winners are announced in June during a special ceremony held in conjunction with MD&M East."
For more information and registration entry details, please click here. All entries must be submitted by January 22, 2014, so don’t delay! And, to learn more about the competition, enjoy the following video that was created to celebrate the 2013 15th Anniversary of the MDEA.
Fallbrook Engineering is excited to participate in the “Connect with CONNECT” networking event in San Diego on October 30th. CONNECT is a regional program that links San Diego County’s life sciences inventors and entrepreneurs with the resources they need for success. Their "Connect with CONNECT" series of events is offered every season to maximize the connections and business opportunities of local entrepreneurs, innovators, researchers, capital providers, industry executives and professional service providers. This season, Fallbrook Engineering and other local businesses will have the opportunity to showcase their services at the Nearsourcing Tradeshow that will take place alongside the networking event.
The Nearsourcing Tradeshow will be preceded by a Nearsourcing Workshop featuring an expert panel that will discuss how to effectively utilize newly designed nearsourcing programs to create a shortened supply chain, accelerate time to market and increase quality and innovation.
Please visit CONNECT's website to register for both portions of the event, and be sure to stop by the Fallbrook Engineering booth on October 30th!
Congratulations to Fallbrook Engineering's Project Engineer Scott Thompson for completing the training courses and exam required to become a Certified SolidWorks Professional (CSWP).
SolidWorks 3D CAD software is an essential part of Fallbrook’s design and development process and is used in nearly every project. Certifications are used as a benchmark to measure knowledge and competency with SolidWorks software. Exams focus on the fundamental skills necessary to ensure a company’s overall success using SolidWorks, such as creating a part from a drawing, using linked dimensions and equations to aid in modeling, using equations to relate dimensions, updating parameters and dimension sizes, modifying geometry on an initial part to create a more complex part, and mass property analysis, among many more.
As stated on the SolidWorks certification webpage, each CSWP has established his or her ability to design and analyze parametric parts and movable assemblies using a variety of complex features in SolidWorks software. Fallbrook is proud to have another Certified SolidWorks Professional on our uniquely talented staff of engineers.
The advancing technology of additive manufacturing, often criticized as an inferior alternative to traditional manufacturing methods, is given a stunning display in this video from C.ideas, a rapid prototyping service based in Crystal Lake, Illinois. C.ideas took a computer model of a 1927 Miller 91 race car and entirely used 3D printing processes to create a 40% scale model replica.
The CAD model was created with SolidWorks software by Bill Gould, one of Fallbrook Engineering’s most talented Senior Associates. With over 40 years of professional experience in the medical device and consumer product industries, Bill Gould’s work has been essential to Fallbrook Engineering’s efforts and we are excited to see his talent used to demonstrate such remarkable manufacturing technology.
Check out the video below from C.ideas for a detailed look at the state of the art in 3D printing process. You won’t believe your eyes! Fallbrook uses Bill’s SolidWorks designs and similar fabrication technologies to create prototypes for our clients for many purposes.
Project Engineer Scott Thompson accepting the
"People's Choice" award on behalf of Fallbrook Engineering.
Fallbrook Engineering was recently presented with the "People's Choice" award during the 2013 BIOCOM DeviceFest and Expo. The award was given to Fallbrook Engineering’s Cellect 250™ umbilical cord blood collection system for being the medical device that the audience found to be the most innovative while holding the greatest market potential.
Cellection Systems, a spin-off company of Fallbrook Engineering, has developed the Cellect 250™ system as a product for use in regenerative medicine. The Cellect 250™ is a fully integrated umbilical cord cutting and blood collection system. As a source rich in stem cells, umbilical cord blood has become an accepted, and in many cases a preferred, alternative to bone marrow for the treatment of medical disorders such as leukemia, sickle cell disease, and genetic disorders, among many others.
Fallbrook Engineering was honored to receive this award from our peers and appreciates the acknowledgment of our creative engineering skills.
For more information about the other event award recipients please visit the BIOCOM news page detailing the event.
Congratulations to all who participated in BIOCOM’s DeviceFest Conference and Medical Device Expo earlier this week.
This year’s event included a conference with speakers and panelists from FDA and such companies as Johnson & Johnson, Medtronic, Covidien and CareFusion, among many more.
The expo portion of the event consisted of a “Contract Alley” feature of San Diego firms that provide design and contract manufacturing services for device and diagnostic companies, offering a special opportunity for attendees to preview the exceptional local services that are available to assist with bringing a medical product to market.
The expo also showcased a select group of local companies that displayed an innovative medical technology or product that is under development or has initially gone to market within the last two years. Fallbrook Engineering was honored to be included in both expo categories this year and welcomed all the people who visited with us.
“Once again, BIOCOM put together an outstanding program for the recent DeviceFest and Expo 2013,” said Fallbrook Engineering’s Vice President Bill Atkinson. “The expert speakers and panelists provided attendees with excellent overviews and insights on the current status and the future directions of our industry and community.”
Many thanks to BIOCOM for hosting this event, to the distinguished companies and speakers who participated and to all who attended!
Check out the latest edition of Medical Product Outsourcing News, in which Fallbrook Engineering's Richard Meyst and John Slate are quoted in a feature article discussing the various challenges of medical device design in today's globalized market.
Read the full article at MPO's website.