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2005 Winners and their Suppliers

The following 30 products were named winners in the 2005 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Submitting companies were presented with either gold or silver awards at the MDEA ceremony, which was held in June during the Medical Design & Manufacturing East 2005 Conference and Exposition, in New York City. Suppliers honored in connection with these winning products earn the exclusive right to use the designation “Supplier to a 2005 MDEA Winner.”

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Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine Products

  • EZ-IO intraosseous delivery device EZ-IO intraosseous delivery device, manufactured by VidaCare Corp. (San Antonio). Entry submitted by BC Tech (Santa Cruz, CA). EZ-IO is a powered intraosseous delivery device, used for delivering fluid resuscitation and administering medication when standard vein access cannot be readily achieved. Supply and design credit to BC Tech.
  • Lifeline (aka Reviver) automated external defibrillator Lifeline (aka Reviver) automated external defibrillator, manufactured and entered by Defibtech (Guilford, CT). The Lifeline automated external defibrillator is a self-contained defibrillator with voice prompting and intuitive user interface. Its real-world functionality enables both medical professionals and lay responders to provide lifesaving defibrillation. Supply and design credit to BSC Engineering (Dumont, NJ).
  • LifeSync wireless ECG system LifeSync wireless ECG system, manufactured by GMP Wireless Medicine Inc. (Fort Lauderdale, FL). Entry submitted by Design Continuum (West Newton, MA). The LifeSync wireless ECG system is an electrocardiogram monitoring system that eliminates lead wires and trunk cables between patients and bedside 12-lead or transport ECG monitors, allowing freedom of movement throughout the hospital. Supply and design credit to Design Continuum, Healthcare Technology Group (Wharton, TX), Molex Inc. (Naperville, IL), Motorola Energy Systems Group (Lawrenceville, GA), Motorola Inc. (Northbrook, IL), Robrady Design Inc. (Sarasota, FL), and Stonestreet One Inc. (Louisville, KY).

Dental Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies

  • OptraGate OptraGate, manufactured by SFS intec AG (Altstatten, Switzerland). Entry submitted by Ivoclar Vivadent (Schaan, Liechtenstein). OptraGate enables dental professionals to easily and effectively enlarge the treatment field for dental and other oral procedures. The product is latex-free and flexible, to improve patient comfort. Supply and design credit to Ivoclar Vivadent.
  • Waterlase MD dental therapy laser Waterlase MD dental therapy laser, manufactured and entered by BioLase Technology Inc. (San Clemente, CA). Waterlase MD employs advanced dental laser technology for effective, highly precise, and safe treatment of hard and soft dental tissues with no pain, no need for anesthesia, no bleeding, and fast recovery time. Supply and design credit to LeFiell (Santa Fe Springs, CA), Morphix Design Inc. (San Clemente, CA), Patton Design Inc. (Irvine, CA), Pulse Technologies (Harleysville, PA), and Solid Concepts (Poway, CA).

General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products

  • 3M Foam adhesive dressing 3M Foam adhesive dressing, manufactured and entered by 3M Co. (St. Paul, MN). 3M Foam adhesive dressing is a bordered, highly absorbent foam dressing for treating moderate to highly exuding partial- to full-thickness dermal wounds such as pressure ulcers, neuropathic ulcers, abrasions, and first- and second-degree burns. Supply and design credit to Alcan Packaging, Medical Flexibles Americas (Milwaukee), LMI Inc. (St. Charles, MI), Loparex (Willowbrook, IL), and National Nonwovens (East Hampton, MA).
  • ALYX component collection system ALYX component collection system, manufactured by Baxter Healthcare Corp. (Round Lake, IL). Entry submitted by Insight Product Development (Chicago). ALYX is a portable automated system that rapidly collects and processes two transfusion doses of red blood cells, separating out the red cells on the spot and returning unneeded components to the donor with saline, thereby reducing donor side effects. Supply and design credit to Insight Product Development.
  • EnteraLite Infinity enteral feeding system EnteraLite Infinity enteral feeding system, manufactured and entered by Zevex Inc. (Salt Lake City). EnteraLite Infinity allows tube-fed patients to be physically active, without being held back by their feeding pump. Designed for hospital and alternate-care use, the device offers simplicity, accuracy, and portability that promote physical activity. Supply and design credit to Eclipse Product Development (Salt Lake City).
  • F.A.S.T. (Facilitated Aspiration/Suction Thrombectomy) F.A.S.T. (Facilitated Aspiration/Suction Thrombectomy), manufactured and entered by Genesis Medical Interventional Inc. (Redwood City, CA). F.A.S.T employs a funnel catheter and suction to remove blood clots from the access grafts of dialysis patients, reducing the possibility that clots might move elsewhere in the body where they could cause death. Supply and design credit to Medical Murray (Buffalo Grove, IL) and Smiths Medical (Gary, IN).
  • The Lighted Ear Curette The Lighted Ear Curette, manufactured and entered by Bionix Development Corp. (Toledo, OH). The Lighted Ear Curette combines a bright white light-emitting diode (LED) with a clear plastic ear curette, enabling physicians to perform cerumen removal safely under direct visualization in what had previously been considered a blind procedure. Supply and design credit to Lambda Research Corp. (Tucson, AZ) and The Tech Group (Grand Rapids, MI).
  • Vital Heat body temperature regulator Vital Heat body temperature regulator, manufactured by Dynatherm Medical Inc. (Burlingame, CA). Entry submitted by Whipsaw Inc. (San Jose). Vital Heat employs a slight vacuum and circulating hot water to restore and regulate a patient’s core body temperature during and after surgery. The device provides a simple and intuitive user interface, thereby reducing the risk of user error. Supply and design credit to Whipsaw Inc.

Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products

  • Axxess neurostimulation leads Axxess neurostimulation leads, manufactured and entered by Advanced Neuromodulation Systems (Plano, TX). Axxess trial and permanent leads are the world’s smallest diameter neurostimulation leads. Their small size and unibody design provide surgeons with better control and more placement options, resulting in less-invasive insertion.


In Vitro Diagnostic Products and Systems

  • Alegria multisample random access ELISA analyzer Alegria multisample random access ELISA analyzer, manufactured by Orgentec Diagnostika GmbH (Mainz, Germany). Entry submitted by Teleca System Design AB (Stockholm, Sweden). The Alegria is a multisample random access ELISA analyzer developed for processing SMC-Technology-based test strips as an aid in the diagnosis of autoimmune diseases. The Alegria is intended for in vitro diagnostic use only. Supply and design credit to BIT Analytical Instruments Inc. (Burlington, MA) and Teleca System Design AB.
  • GeneChip Scanner 3000 with autoloader GeneChip Scanner 3000 with autoloader, manufactured by Affymetrix Inc. (Santa Clara, CA). Entry submitted by Design Continuum (West Newton, MA). The GeneChip Scanner 3000 is a desktop device that provides genetics researchers with sensitive, high-resolution, state-of-the-art scanning of GeneChip brand micro arrays used for complex genetic analysis. Supply and design credit to Design Continuum.
  • Niox Mino, handheld FENO analyzer Niox Mino, handheld FENO analyzer, manufactured and entered by Aerocrine AB (Solna, Sweden). Niox Mino is a handheld device for measuring exhaled nitric oxide (NO), a marker of airway inflammation. This noninvasive method makes it easier to diagnose asthma and measure response to treatment, and can give early warning of loss of asthma control. Supply and design credit to Ergonomidesign (Bromma, Sweden) and Teleca System Design AB (Stockholm, Sweden).


Medical Product Packaging, Graphic Instructions, and Labeling Systems

  • RelyX Luting Plus cement RelyX Luting Plus cement, manufactured and entered by 3M ESPE Dental Product Development Specialist (St. Paul, MN). RelyX Luting Plus cement in the clicker dispenser is a fluoride-releasing dental cement used by dentists to permanently affix crowns and bridges. The clicker dispenser ensures a precise 1:1 volume ratio of the two-part cement. Supply and design credit to AP Engineering Services (St. Paul, MN), Hi-Tech Rubber Inc. (Anaheim, CA), and Intesys Technologies Inc. (Costa Mesa, CA).

Over-The-Counter and Self-Care Products

  • ConfiDose disposable autoinjector ConfiDose disposable autoinjector, manufactured and entered by PharmaPen Inc. (Athens, TX). ConfiDose is a disposable autoinjector that can inject a drug without the recipient ever seeing a needle; insertion, delivery, and withdrawal are completed with a push of a button. The needle retracts fully, thus averting the risk of needle stick injury. Supply and design credit to Acxess Spring (Riverside, CA), Hogan & Hartson LLP (Washington, DC), Pinnacle Precision Inc. (Logan, UT), and Pleasant Precision Inc. (Kenton, OH).
  • Humatrope reconstitution device Humatrope reconstitution device, manufactured by Eli Lilly and Co., Pharmaceutical Delivery Systems (Indianapolis). Entry submitted by IDEO (Chicago, IL). The Humatrope reconstitution device is used to mix a diluent (liquid) with a human growth hormone powder. The subsequent solution is used for injection. This Humatrope device makes the reconstitution process significantly easier. Supply and design credit to IDEO.
  • Vicks Baby Thermometer Vicks Baby Thermometer, manufactured and entered by Kaz Inc. (New York City). The Vicks Baby Thermometer is designed for safer and easier rectal temperature measurement of babies. Its compact, ergonomic design is easy to hold and control, while the large display makes viewing easy. The short probe helps guard against overinsertion. Supply and design credit to Smart Design (New York City).

Radiological and Electromechanical Devices

  • Intelect Advanced and Mobile Electrotherapy range Intelect Advanced and Mobile Electrotherapy range, manufactured by Chattanooga Group (Hixson, TN). Entry submitted by Design + Industry Pty Ltd. (Balmain, NSW, Australia). The Intelect Advanced and Mobile ranges are fully integrated suites of clinical electrotherapy equipment used to administer a comprehensive range of physiotherapy treatments. Supply and design credit to Design + Industry Pty Ltd.
  • Somatom Sensation 64 computed tomography system Somatom Sensation 64 computed tomography system, manufactured and entered by Siemens Medical Solutions (Malvern, PA). The Somatom Sensation 64 is the world’s fastest 64-slice computed tomography system. It offers the world’s fastest gantry rotation time (0.33 sec) and delivers optimal image quality in cardiac, neurology, and body-imaging applications.
  • Z-View aberrometer Z-View aberrometer, manufactured by Ophthonix Inc. (San Diego). Entry submitted by DD Studio (Carlsbad, CA). The Z-View aberrometer offers comprehensive and accurate diagnosis of optical imperfections. Lenses created using a Z-View-generated prescription provide high-definition corrective vision nonsurgically, with improved clarity, crispness, and acuity. Supply and design credit to Custom Engineering Plastics (San Diego), DD Studio, and Polytech Industries (Saint Charles, IL).

Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products

  • Motiva interactive healthcare platform Motiva interactive healthcare platform, manufactured and entered by Philips Medical Systems (Milpitas, CA). Motiva is a healthcare information and monitoring system for people with chronic diseases. It uses clinical software, vital-sign measurement devices, and a personalized interactive TV program (in the home) to connect patients to their caregivers. Supply and design credit to Celadon (San Rafael, CA), Philips Digital Systems Laboratory (Eindhoven, The Netherlands), Schematic (Los Angeles), and Silicon & Software Systems (Leopardstown, Dublin Ireland).
  • Sage oxygen therapeutic device Sage oxygen therapeutic device, manufactured and entered by Chad Therapeutics (Chatsworth, CA). The Sage oxygen therapeutic device is a pulsed oxygen delivery device that incorporates a motion sensor, software algorithms, and integrated memory to recognize and deliver according to a patient’s oxygen needs based on activity level. Supply and design credit to CTS Electronics Manufacturing Solutions (Moorpark, CA).
  • Savia 211 dSZ hearing system Savia 211 dSZ hearing system, manufactured and entered by Phonak AG (Stäfa, Switzerland). The Savia 211 dSZ is a hearing instrument intended for persons experiencing hearing loss (approximately 10% of the Western population, and 28 million in the United States alone). One Savia device is worn on each ear to improve hearing. Supply and design credit to Milani Design & Consulting AG (Erlenbach, Switzerland).

Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies

  • cardioPAT perioperative autotransfusion system cardioPAT perioperative autotransfusion system, manufactured and entered by Haemonetics (Braintree, MA). The cardioPAT is a perioperative autotransfusion system that salvages red blood cells lost intraoperatively and postoperatively during cardiovascular surgical procedures in which the expected rate of processing salvaged fluids is no more than 2 L/hr. Supply and design credit to ESI Visual Communications (Newton, MA).



  • Cassi Rotational core biopsy device Cassi Rotational core biopsy device, manufactured and entered by Sanarus Medical Inc. (Pleasanton, CA). The Cassi device is an automated large-core biopsy device used in the diagnosis of breast disease. Cassi’s patented Stick-Freeze technology is used to immobilize the target tissue, making it unnecessary to purchase capital equipment. Supply and design credit to Compass Product Design (Pleasanton, CA), CullDez Product Development (Byron, CA), CVM Inc. (Pleasanton, CA), and Valmark (Livermore, CA).
  • ClozeX wound-closure device ClozeX wound-closure device, manufactured and entered by Clozex Medical LLC (Wellesley Hills, MA). ClozeX is a coaptive wound closure device that replaces sutures, staples, and glues, providing dramatic improvements in speed, precision, cosmesis, comfort, and cost-effectiveness. Supply and design credit to Adhesives Research Inc. (Glen Rock, PA), Baril Die Inc. (Haverhill, MA), Delta Industries (Minneapolis), and Sterile Technologies Inc. (Queensbury, NY).
  • Insorb 20 subcuticular skin stapler Insorb 20 subcuticular skin stapler, manufactured and entered by Incisive Surgical Inc. (Plymouth, MN). The Insorb 20 subcuticular skin stapler is a patented absorbable skin-closure product that combines the cosmetic result of an absorbable suture with the rapid closure time of metal skin staplers, eliminating the need for postoperative staple removal. Supply and design credit to redgroup Inc. (Minneapolis) and UFE Inc. (Stillwater, MN).
  • StarClose vascular closure system StarClose vascular closure system, manufactured and entered by Abbott Vascular Devices (Redwood City, CA). The StarClose vascular closure system delivers a nitinol clip to close femoral artery puncture sites following percutaneous catheterization procedures. Supply and design credit to Modified Polymer Components Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA), MOS Plastics Inc. (San Jose), New England Precision Grinding (Holliston, MA), Norman Noble (Highland Heights, OH), PacifiX Product Development Inc. (Menlo Park, CA), Parnell Engineering and Consulting (Sunnyvale, CA), Peridot Corp. (Pleasanton, CA), Pulse Systems Corp. (Concord, CA), Spectralytics (Dassel, MN), SR Design (San Mateo, CA), and TFX Medical-OEM Group (Jaffrey, NH).

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