SANTA MONICA, Calif., Oct. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI) magazine announced today that its 2016 Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge is now accepting entries. Interested participants simply need to dream up an innovative medical device design to enter.
The fourth-annual Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge, sponsored by MD+DI, evaluates entries on creativity and design, market viability, and potential impact on healthcare. The challenge provides would-be designers with an opportunity to dream big without the barriers of funding, regulation, or reimbursement.
"MD+DI created the Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge as an experiment to see what might be possible if medtech professionals were free to innovate without real-world challenges," said Jamie Hartford, Editor-in-Chief, MD+DI and Director of Content, Medical Brands, UBM Advanced Manufacturing Group. "The competition is a chance for entrants to think outside the box and have a little fun. On a deeper level, it highlights some of the healthcare problems that could potentially be solved if innovators were allowed the space to create without parameters."
Deadline for entries is October 14, 2016. Submissions will be narrowed to 10 finalists before a judging panel selects competition winners. The grand-prize winner will receive $500 and the design will also be profiled in MD+DI. First and second runners-up will win $250 and $100, respectively.* Winners will be announced online in early November.
Past winners include the BlinkBit, a biosensor plug placed in a patient's eyelid tear duct to continuously measure glucose; the Custom Smart Wearable Device, a targeted resistance garment intended to build muscle strength and increase bone density; and the mHolter, a system that includes skin electrodes and a smartphone app to monitor heart activity 24 hours a day.
This year's judges include the following medtech veterans and visionaries:
- Bill Evans
Evans is founder and president of product design firm Bridge Design in San Francisco, which for more than 20 years has helped design products for the medical and life science industries. Evans is also a member of MD+DI's editorial advisory board.
- Dr. Stephanie Kreml
Dr. Kreml is the chief medical officer for Accordion Health where she works alongside data scientists to develop machine learning-based tools to enable healthcare organizations manage their patient populations. Before joining Accordion, she was a Principal at Popper and Company, a strategy consulting and transaction advisory firm for the medical technology and life sciences industries. Dr. Kreml has served as a juror for UBM's Medical Design Excellence Awards and is an advisory panel member for Dell Medical School's Texas Health Catalyst program. Prior to medical school, she held engineering positions with Motorola and Texas Instruments. Dr. Kreml received her Doctor of Medicine from Baylor College of Medicine and her Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from The University of Texas at Austin.
- Wende Hutton
Hutton is a general partner at Canaan Partners, a venture capital firm in Menlo Park, CA. She has facilitated bringing more than a dozen medical devices and drugs to market. She sits on the board of several firms, including ReVision Optics, Chrono Therapeutics, and Glooko.
For more information about the Dare-to-Dream Medtech Design Challenge, including the official competition rules, visit http://www.mddionline.com/blog/devicetalk/enter-2016-dare-dream-medtech-design-challenge-09-19-16
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Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI) is an online and print resource exclusively for original equipment manufacturers of medical devices and in vitro diagnostic products. Its mission is to help medtech industry professionals develop, design, and manufacture products that comply with complex and demanding regulations and evolving market requirements. MD+DI's print edition is published 12 times annually as well as accompanied by two issues of its Guide to Outsourcing supplement. Readers can also subscribe to the brand's three-times-weekly e-mail newsletter, and follow MD+DI on social media including Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn.
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