Whiteparish, UK, 7th July 2011: MLE Creative Electronics, innovators in medical electronics design, in conjunction with MediLinkWM, the voice of the UK life science industry, today invites medical professionals to join the medical device design debate: What is more important in the design of medical devices: appearance or functionality?
Available to view at http://www.medilinkuk.com/c/comment/1394-design-of-medical-devices, the discussion between Nigel Harley, MLE’s Business Development Manager, Andrew Gibbs, Warwick Design’s Business Development Manager and Steve May-Russell, Smallfry’s Managing Director debates whether the appearance or design functionality of a medical device is more important. Viewers are invited to join the debate and express their opinions via the comments section available.
“For MLE, function is the priority,” comments Harley. “It’s important to note that the design of a piece of theatre equipment is very different to a portable medical device; the design usability and electronics are secondary to its final function.”
Qualified for ISO13485 design and manufacture, MLE holds a wealth of experience in designing and developing a broad range of medical devices. These include point-of-care testing, drug delivery and tele-healthcare products, as well as surgical equipment, assisted living systems, technology demonstrators and clinical trial prototypes. In addition to maintaining up to the minute knowledge of early stage technologies, such as energy harvesting, the company can also offer regulatory support for CE marking.
ABOUT MLE Creative Electronics:
MLE Creative Electronics is a highly approachable UK-based technology and product development company specialising in electronic product design, development and bespoke assembly services. Working in partnership with its customers MLE has helped to bring many novel products to market across a wide range of market sectors for companies such as Ferrari and QinetiQ, through to Wound Solutions and Plasma Surgical Ltd.
MLE holds 15 years of experience in designing for the highly specialised, regulatory controlled, safety-critical medical and healthcare market places. For medical device design and healthcare product development MLE designs electronic products that would require typically FDA 510k approval, ISO13485 and also IEC60601, the UK/European medical device directive. Within these standards there are many stringent validation and verification requirements, for example ultra-low leakage current requirements for surgical laparoscopic devices. MLE understands these regulatory obligations.
The expertise of its strong engineering team spans analogue and digital design, including embedded systems, DSP, power supply technology, motor drives, instrumentation and software. Adopting a five-stage design process accompanied by a creative consultative approach to product development, MLE ensures intelligent, friendly and cost effective technology and product commercialisation for its customers.