Product and Medical Device Development Case Studies


THE NEXT GENERATION OF PERSONAL SATELLITE MESSAGING AND EMERGENCY COMMUNICATION

ENHANCED GPS, SMALLER, LIGHTER, MORE ERGONOMIC

“PADT has been like an extension of our own design team and totally understood our unique product design constraints from the get go. Despite ever evolving product requirements and short design cycles, they managed to stick to their original schedule and provide a successful product design. Additionally, their ability to coordinate with our overseas manufacturing partner has proved invaluable for getting through the difficult last stages of high volume mass production.” - Eric Blanchard, Senior Design Engineer, Globalstar Inc.

Globalstar was searching for an engineering firm to design the next generation of their successful family of SPOT products. The global satellite messenger is required to work under demanding outdoor conditions, across a wide temperature range (-40°C to 85°C) and altitude range (-100 meters to +6500 meters). It has to be waterproof, durable, droppable, marine oriented, and RoHS compliant.

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The Fastest Charging Station - from
0% to 100% in Under 30 Minutes

“PADT did a great job translating our prototype ideas into a fully-designed, manufacturable product. From multi-disciplinary engineering to project management to fabrication, PADT did it all. PADT worked collaboratively with our team to understand requirements and to solve technical hurdles in order to deliver a product that best fit our expectations.” - Garrett Beauregard, Senior VP of Engineering, ECOtality Inc.

ECOtality chose the PADT Product Development group to design and build the first Blink DC Fast Charger Charge Dispenser Unit, currently the fastest option for charging electric vehicles.  To confirm our commitment to green technology and energy efficient design, PADT joined the nation’s emerging EV charge infrastructure with the installation of a Blink DC Fast Charger in front of our Tempe headquarters.

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Novel Tissue Expander to Minimize Tissue Damage During Minimally Invasive Surgery

“I found there to be great benefit in going through PADT’s disciplined steps for the development of an updated prototype of our device. Restarting with a more systematic approach, and analyzing each component fresh, made me feel confident about every aspect of the new design.” - Neil R. Crawford, PhD Associate Professor, Spinal Biomechanics Barrow Neurological Institute

Cost effective, adjustable, and modifiable Early Stage Prototyping is a crucial step to analyze the viability of new technologies and determine if the device and packaging will lend itself to the surgical environment. Dignity Health worked with PADT to design and build a compelling prototype for a tissue expander--a novel device to improve surgical access for minimally invasive surgeries. PADT provided calculations, thermal and hydraulic system and subsystem block diagrams and schematics prior to constructing prototypes that allowed the system to be tested over the full range of operating parameters.

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Orthosensor Medical DeviceDelivering Intelligent Orthopedics

PADT’s Design Team was instrumental in working with Orthosensor throughout the design and development activities of the Orthosensor Knee Balance. Their commitment and flexibility to our business needs allowed us to bring our product to market in a significantly shortened period of time. - Juan C Fernandez, COO, Orthosensor Inc

OrthoSensor contacted PADT Medical in 2009 to aid with the development of their early stage prototypes and regulatory activities.  A true collaborative partnership was born, and PADT has continued to work with OrthoSensor throughout every stage of product design and development.  During this period Orthosensor has commercialized the first set of Intelligent Instruments and leveraged the technology to expand their product line.  Their local engineering group continues to rent a suite of offices and a lab within the walls of PADT.

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Clearview Diagnostic Technology

The World's First and Only FDA Approved total Artificial Heart

SynCardia has chosen to work with PADT based on their ability to develop close personal relationships, to create and implement engineering solutions rapidly, and to support SynCardia’s innovative drive for our life-saving technology — Douglas A Nutter, COO, SynCardia Systems, Inc.

SynCardia turned to PADT Medical to carry out a comprehensive series of product verification testing within a very challenging timeframe.  Continuous and successful collaboration between PADT and SynCardia professionals guaranteed the program’s success.

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Clearview Diagnostic Technology

THE ONLY NON-INVASIVE FDA APPROVED PROCEDURE TO LIFT SKIN ON THE NECK, CHIN, AND BROW

PADT has provided a number of valuable services for Ulthera ranging from design work and ergonomic improvements, to manufacturability and V&V testing. Over the past 18 months, PADT worked closely with our engineering staff to ensure the successful launch of our redesigned Deep See Handpiece. Our successful collaboration allowed us to focus our internal resources on our core competencies while leveraging PADT's skill sets. Ulthera also benefited from PADT’s adaptable, customer-specific, Design Control process to minimize the QC documentation requirements on the Ulthera staff — Michael Peterson, Vice President, R&D, Ultherea, Inc

PADT Medical was chosen to develop the next generation of the Ulthera® System Handpiece. The development team identified and resolved the root causes of longstanding problems while enhancing the overall aesthetics, operator interface, and ergonomics. Within 18 months the product was launched with improved manufacturability and serviceability, and significantly reduced component and manufacturing costs.

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Clearview Diagnostic Technology

ClearView: A Novel Medical Measurement Device

For the last 2 years we have worked with PADT to develop our ClearView technology. Their team has helped us with many aspects of product development and commercialization. They have been a very valuable asset and I would highly recommend them to any startup that needs to navigate the pathway to market. — Tom Blondi, President, EPIC Research & Diagnostics

From 2010 - 2012, PADT worked with EPIC to help them develop their ClearView diagnostic technology. PADT provided engineering, quality, manufacturing, and regulatory support. During this period, EPIC was able to raise over $6 million in private investment, achieve 510(k) submission, conduct a clinical trial at a Johns Hopkins affiliate with devices delivered by PADT, and transfer the product to manufacturing with a local contract manufacturer.

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High Pressure Hydrogen Pump

A Compact High Pressure Hydrogen Pump

PADT has demonstrated strong concept creation and development testing abilities – and have done so with very short time schedules. PADT was in charge of a key component development for our Fuel Cell System, and accomplished it as planned. Owing to PADT's challenging spirit, Nissan was able to lease the 2005 model FCV's to some customers in the early period of 2006. In addition, Nissan has been able to continue the FCV leasing program for five years with PADT's reliable support. — Arai Takayuki, Senior Manager, EV Systems Laboratory, Nissan Motor Company

PADT worked with Nissan for 4 years to develop a high pressure, high performance hydrogen pump. We have now delivered over 200 working systems and have supported fielded vehicles since 2006.

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Germicical Light for Tracheal Tube

Germicidal Light for Endotracheal and tracheostomy Tubes

The PADT experience was a positive one from my first phone conversation with them to the delivery of the end product. The engineers delivered a prototype that was exactly what I envisioned in a short 8 weeks. PADT will be my choice in the future.”

— Bob Rife, R.R.T.

In 8 short weeks PADT Medical transformed a recently patented invention into a functional prototype. This novel Endotracheal Tube includes a germicidal light to reduce the risk of pneumonia in patients requiring prolonged airway intubation. This device is a good example of PADT's ability to quickly convert an inventors ideas into a working, functional prototype.

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Portable Fuel Cell Power Supply

Portable Fuel Cell Power Supply

PADT worked with PolyFuel for 18 months to develop a fuel cell based, laptop power supply that was powered from a methanol fuel stock. We started with a blank sheet and developed a POC system that included the fuel cell stack, all of the custom components and controls, and was hybridized with a Lithium-ion battery pack. During that period Polyfuel was able to raise Venture Capital to develop their product.

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Portable Fuel Cell Power Supply

Clinical Specimen Collection System

The ReadyFreezer will rapidly freeze biospecimens collected from any tissue, using any surgical retrieval device, and in any hospital or clinical setting to preserve key biomarkers.  This project took full advantage of PADT’s internal simulation and analysis capabilities as well as our in-house rapid prototyping services.

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Endoscopic Obesity Treatment Tool

An Endoscopic Tool for the Treatment of Obesity

For the last 3 years I have worked with PADT Medical as a physician-inventor of medical devices. Their engineering team is professional, punctual, and responsible. Their management is exemplary. I recommend PADT Medical to any potential Client. — Charles J. Filipi M.D., Medical Director, SafeStitch Medical, Inc.

In 2006, PADT was approached by a physician who had developed intellectual property that centered on endoscopic treatments for obesity and was founding a new company called SafeStich Medical. PADT served as SafeStitch' engineering team for several years, developed a suite of related products, helped them achieve 510-k status on their first product, and supported their effort to build a permanent engineering organization. In June of 2010, SafeStitch raised $5 Million of capital to help commercialize their technologies.

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