What is a 510(k)? Medtech regulatory expert Grace Powers answers some frequently asked questions about the common, but tricky, regulatory submission and clearance for new medical technologies.

A significant number of innovative medical technologies fall into FDA’s Class II classification, the vast majority of which require an FDA 510(k) submission. What exactly is a 510(k)? What types of products fall into the Class II, 510(k) category?   Grace Powers, principal consultant with Powers Regulatory Consulting, has 20 years of industry experience in…

What is verification and validation in medical product development?

Medical product design verification and validation activities (called “Phase 3” and “Phase 4” at GCMI) typically come after a design phase (called “Phase 2” at GCMI). At the completion of the design phase, a product will have well-defined design inputs, plus fully described design features and manufacturing methods. Design verification and validation then takes this…

Our Process: What is the Design and Development Phase at GCMI?

In the context of GCMI’s phase-gated product development process the “Design and Development” phase (also called “Phase 2” at GCMI) typically follows a Project Planning phase (called “Phase 1” at GCMI). At the completion of project planning, innovators have determined what work is required to take the technology from prototype to product. The Design and…

GCMI Builds PPE Business in Six Weeks to Help Protect U.S. Healthcare Workers Battling COVID-19 – White Paper

GCMI helps medtech innovators, including physicians, academic researchers and professors, startups and large strategic companies, bring their products to market. Our work to successfully commercialize medtech innovation to date has been almost exclusively as a service provider.   When the need became apparent that we could play a significant role in getting desperately needed PPE…

More Healthcare Shortages Lead to Another Powerful Georgia Tech, GCMI Collaboration: Redefining Hand Sanitizer and Donating 7,000 Gallons to Fight Covid-19 via GT Research Horizons

Following closely on the heels of GCMI’s work with Georgia Tech and others to design, produce and deliver hundreds of thousands of PPE face shields to frontline health workers, Georgia Tech and GCMI have combined their resources to help solve another critical shortage in healthcare: hand sanitizer.    Alarmed to discover a looming shortage in…

What does the Project Planning process for medtech innovation look like?

Where does Medtech Project Planning fit in with Product Development and why is it important? Let’s review the basic steps for successful Project Planning.   What is Project Planning? Project planning, also referred to as “Phase 1” at GCMI, follows directly after the feasibility phase, “Phase Zero.”  Phase 1 is the beginning of the formal…

Watch: Medical Device Innovation: A one-on-one with ATDC Lead Entrepreneur in Residence Frank Tighe and GCMI CEO Tiffany Wilson

Tiffany Wilson, CEO of The Global Center for Medical Innovation (GCMI), and Frank Tighe, Lead Entrepreneur in Residence at The Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC), discussed the medical product development process for early stage innovators. Learn from their experiences by watching.       Too many promising medtech innovations and early stage companies fail unnecessarily…

NBC News: “Georgia student, son of 2 first responders, creates lifesaving COVID-19 equipment”

Friends and colleagues, we hope you will enjoy this inspiring story of innovation and collaboration that is helping keep our frontline healthcare professionals safe during this time of desperate need. “I saw nothing better I could do to give back to people like my mom, my dad — who have been working in emergency services…

Medical Device Innovation: A design and development one-on-one with ATDC Lead Entrepreneur in Residence Frank Tighe and GCMI CEO Tiffany Wilson

The design and development process can make or break a medical device’s commercial potential. It is dependent on careful consideration of several intersecting aspects: technological, clinical, commercial and legal. Too many promising medtech innovations and early stage companies fail unnecessarily because they run out of funding before achieving milestones required for next-round investments. Medical device…

Aftermath: Three top reasons new medtech development projects fail and ways to avoid them.

Medtech innovation is an exciting, yet risky enterprise. The vast majority of venture capital and strategic investors now want to see early investment in de-risking medical innovations. There is simply too much potential for failure in the pathway to commercialization, plus financial risk related to market forces and competitive products.   Too many medtech development…