“Being selected as an MDEA Finalist is a testament to the skill, dedication and innovation of the Smithwise team that developed the Towerview product in a six month period of time.” – Eric Sugalski, Smithwise CEO
Smithwise is pleased to announce that Towerview Health Medication Management System has been selected as a finalist in the Digital Health Products and Mobile Medical Apps Category of the 19th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Finalists were officially announced in the May Issue of MD+DI (Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry) magazine. Winners will be announced at the 2017 MDEA Ceremony held Tuesday, June 13, 2017 in conjunction with UBM’s Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. To learn more about the event, please visit: www.MDMeast.com
As a Supplier to the Finalist, Smithwise provided mechanical engineering, electromechanical integration, optical engineering, industrial design implementation, design for manufacturability and assembly (DFMA) and supply chain development.
The MDEA is the medtech industry’s premier design competition committed to recognizing significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility. The awards program celebrates the accomplishments of the medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the cutting-edge products that are saving lives; improving patient healthcare; and transforming medtech—one innovation at a time.
“Being selected as an MDEA Finalist is a testament to the skill, dedication and innovation of engineering team that developed the Towerview product in a six month period of time.” Eric Sugalski, CEO Smithwise.
Unlike other design competitions that are merely styling contests, the MDEA panel is comprised of medtech experts, including a balance of practicing doctors, nurses, and technicians alongside industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers, and human factors experts. MDEA jurors comprehensively review entries based on the following criteria: the ability of the product development team to overcome all challenges so the product meets its clinical objectives; innovative use of materials, components, and processes; user-related functions improving healthcare delivery and changing traditional medical attitudes or practices; features providing enhanced benefits to the patient and end-user in relation to clinical efficacy; manufacturing cost-effectiveness and profitability; and healthcare system benefits such as improved accessibility, efficacy, or safety, in addition to providing attention to a critical unmet clinical need.
The 2017 MDEA Juror Panel selected 45 exceptional finalists in nine medical technology product categories. Products were judged based on design and engineering innovation; function and user-related innovation; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall benefit to the healthcare system.
Winners will be announced on Tuesday, June 13, 2017 at the 2017 Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony. MD+DI will recognize the finalists and announce the Bronze, Silver, and Gold winners in each of the nine medtech categories, as well as present the Readers’ Choice, Best-In-Show, Lifetime Achievement Awards, and more! RSVP during your MD&M East registration to reserve your ticket. Admission is FREE but donations are encouraged to benefit VentureWell’s BMEidea, a design competition for biomedical engineering university students whose winners will also be announced at the ceremony.
Written by Eric Sugalski
Eric Sugalski is the founder and president of Archimedic, a contract medical device development firm with offices in Boston and Philadelphia. Sugalski has led the development of a novel pediatric life support system, cardiovascular implants, laparoscopic surgical devices, and an array of wearable diagnostics. In addition to his technical background, Eric provides companies with product development strategy that encompasses regulatory, reimbursement, and fundraising requirements. Eric obtained a B.S. in mechanical engineering from the University of Colorado Boulder and an MBA from the MIT Sloan School of Management.