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2012 Winners, Finalists, and their Suppliers

UBM Canon and MD+DI proudly announced the winning products in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition at a presentation ceremony held May 23, 2012 inside the Philadelphia Marriott Downtown hotel. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the MD&M East Event (www.MDMEast.com) at the adjacent Pennsylvania Convention Center. At the ceremony:

  • The 2012 MDEA-finalists, and their suppliers, were honored for their innovative contributions to the MedTech industry
  • 25 winning products were announced out of the 41 finalists in 10 medical product categories
  • Also, one Gold-winning product was awarded “Best-in-Show”
  • The NCIIA announced the winners of the 2012 BMEidea biomedical engineering competition for university students

In addition, Dean Kamen (inventor, entrepreneur, and tireless advocate for science and technology) presented the prestigious 2012 MDEA Lifetime Achievement Award to famed inventor Dr. Thomas Fogarty for his vast accomplishments over the last half century. This award honors an individual whose contributions during a long career have had a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in medical devices.

Below is a complete list of all the 2012 MDEA-finalist and winning products which the 2012 MDEA Jury felt were compelling and innovative.

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Best-In-Show

  • 2012 BEST IN SHOW WINNER: Planmed Verity extremity scanner, manufactured and submitted by Planmed Oy (Helsinki, Finland). Each year the MDEA Jurors vote from among the Gold Winning products to select the Best-In-Show winner. The Planmed Verity is a mobile 3-D imaging device designed for extremity imaging at the point of care. Its purpose is to catch often-missed fractures in the extremities. It provides preoperative imaging at a lower radiation dose than full-body CTs. The Verity is also the Gold Winner of the Radiological and Electromechanical Devices category.

Critical-Care and Emergency Medicine Products

  • King Vision video laryngoscope 1. GOLD WINNER: King Vision video laryngoscope, manufactured and submitted by King Systems (Noblesville, IN). The King Vision video laryngoscope is a portable, battery operated, digital video laryngoscope system that incorporates an integrated reusable display and choice of disposable blades designed to visualize the airway while aiding in tracheal intubation.
  • OHELP System for circulatory and pulmonary support 2. SILVER WINNER: CARDIOHELP System for circulatory and pulmonary support, manufactured by MAQUET Medical Systems USA (Wayne, NJ). Entry submitted by WCG (Communications Agency of Record for MAQUET) (New York, NY). CARDIOHELP is the world’s smallest portable heart-lung support system providing extracorporeal life support to replace or support a patient’s circulation and respiration for those whose heart and/or lungs are failing despite other treatment options.
  • Freedom portable driver 3. BRONZE WINNER: Freedom portable driver, manufactured and submitted by SynCardia Systems Inc. (Tucson, AZ). The Freedom portable driver is the world’s first wearable power supply for SynCardia’s Total Artificial Heart. Weighing 13.5 lbs, the Freedom driver allows stable Total Artificial Heart patients to wait for a donor heart at home instead of the hospital. Supply and design credit to Bimba Manufacturing (University Park, IL), Origin Product Development (Maynard, MA), Lynium LLC. (Tucson, AZ), Yarbrough Electronic Sales (Tucson, AZ), Applimotion Inc. (Loomis, CA), and CGI Inc. (Carson City, NV).
  • endOclear wiper device for the cleaning and visualization of endotracheal tubes 4a. FINALIST: endOclear wiper device for the cleaning and visualization of endotracheal tubes, manufactured by EndOclear LLC (San Ramon, CA). Entry submitted by Innovative Design LLC (Danvill, CA). The endOclear device is a sterile single-use wiper that clears away secretions and biofilm from the inside of the endotracheal tube (ETT) and provides visualization inside the ETT. Supply and design credit to JG Plastics Group LLC (Costa Mesa, CA), and Hiemstra Product Development LLC (San Francisco, CA).
  • LS-1 (suitcase) intensive care unit 4b. FINALIST: LS-1 (suitcase) intensive care unit, manufactured and submitted by Integrated Medical Systems Inc. (Signal Hill, CA). LS-1 is a portable intensive care unit combining a physiological monitor, ventilator, infusion pumps, and fluid warmer onto common power and data busses. The single platform is capable of remote monitoring and control for true interventional telemedicine.
  • ProSim 4 Vital Signs Simulator 4c. FINALIST: ProSim 4 Vital Signs Simulator, manufactured and submitted by Fluke Biomedical (Everett, WA). ProSim 4 is the first patient monitor simulator to use touch screen technology easing patient monitor safety, quality testing, and troubleshooting significantly. In 60 seconds, it tests ECG, respiration, invasive and non-invasive blood pressure.

Dental Instruments, Equipment, and Supplies

  • Identafi Oral Cancer Screening Device 1. GOLD WINNER: Identafi Oral Cancer Screening Device, manufactured by DentalEZ Inc. (Malvern, PA). Entry submitted by M3 Design (Round Rock, TX). The Identifi enables the visualization of oral mucosal abnormalities not normally seen by the naked eye. Its multispectral lights make it easier to distinguish lesion morphology and vasculature to detect of oral cancer or premalignant dysplasia by eye. Supply and design credit to M3 Design (Round Rock, TX).
  • 3-D Click Guide kit for dental implants 2. SILVER WINNER: 3-D Click Guide kit for dental implants, manufactured and submitted by Idondivi Inc. LLC (San Francisco, CA). The 3-D Click Guide kit fabricates an inexpensive surgical guide for the placement of 1-2 dental implants. Only basic dental and laboratory know-how are required to create each custom guide.
  • Waterlase iPlus All Tissue Laser 3. BRONZE WINNER: Waterlase iPlus All Tissue Laser, manufactured and submitted by Biolase Technology Inc. (Irvine, CA). Waterlase iPlus is a new generation product using revolutionary medical laser technology for effective, precise, and safe treatment of all hard and soft biological tissues. It reduces pain, bleeding, and recovery time, without the need for anesthesia. Supply and design credit to Morphix Design Inc. (San Clemente, CA), Patton Design Inc. (Irvine, CA), Northrop Grumman Corp. (Charlotte, NC), and Shmaze Industries Inc. (Lake Forest, CA).
  • Elevance Dental Chair with Cantilever Forward design 4. FINALIST: Elevance Dental Chair with Cantilever Forward design, manufactured by Midmark Corp. (Versailles, OH). Entry submitted by Design Central Inc. (Columbus, OH). The Elevance Dental Chair features sophisticated styling, optimal patient access, and exceptional patient comfort. The result of years of research and development, this patient chair is a genuine departure from any chair on the market today. Supply and design credit to Design Central Inc. (Columbus, OH).

General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products

  • Safepole I.V. pole 1. GOLD WINNER: Safepole I.V. pole, manufactured by SafePole LLC (Los Angeles, CA). Entry submitted by TEAMS Design (Chicago, IL). Safepole is an anti-tip I.V. pole engineered for safety. It features covered wheels, a sturdy, ergonomic handlebar, extra space for infusion pumps, a central power strip, and a roomy basket to hold bedside essentials such as tissue and alcohol swabs. Supply and design credit to TEAMS Design (Chicago, IL).
  • Edelvaiss Multiline paradigm-shifting manifold and I.V. line 2. SILVER WINNER: Edelvaiss Multiline paradigm-shifting manifold and I.V. line, manufactured and submitted by Doran International (Toussieu, France). The Multiline is a manifold and IV line that delivers up to eight drugs to a patient simultaneously, without mixing the drugs, through an 8-lumen tube. It is used for patients needing multiple drugs in surgery, the ICU, or cancer treatment. Supply and design credit to Emerson Industrial Automation Branson Divison SAS (Rungis, France).
  • TOBI Podhaler dry powder inhaler device with PulmoSphere technology 3. BRONZE WINNER: TOBI Podhaler dry powder inhaler device with PulmoSphere technology, manufactured and submitted by Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corp. (San Carlos, CA). TOBI Podhaler is not approved in the USA. Design credit to Cambridge Consultants Ltd. (Cambridge, United Kingdom), and supply credit to Gerresheimer Medical Plastic Systems (Regensburg, Germany).
  • Combitide Starhaler for asthma and COPD 4a. FINALIST: Combitide Starhaler for asthma and COPD, manufactured by Sun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd. (Mumbai, India). Entry submitted by Cambridge Consultants Ltd. (Cambridge, United Kingdom). The Combitide Starhaler is a 60-dose dry powder inhaler containing a steroid and a beta agonist formulation. It is designed to treat patients with asthma or COPD, using a novel de-agglomeration engine to separate the drug from the carrier particles. Supply and design credit to Cambridge Consultants Ltd. (Cambridge, United Kingdom), Design Directions (Pune, India), Foboha GmbH (Haslach, Germany), Nypro Forbes Pvt. Ltd. (Hosur, India), Nypro Healthcare (Clinton, MA), and Sun Pharma Advanced Research Co. Ltd. (Vadodara, India).
  • TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive 4b. FINALIST: TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive, manufactured and submitted by Cohera Medical Inc. (Pittsburgh, PA). TissuGlu reduces fluid accumulation after surgery by maintaining tissues in position for natural healing. By preventing seroma formation, TissuGlu reduces patient discomfort, decreases the need for postsurgical drains, and speeds recovery. Supply and design credit to Tanaka Kapec Design Group (Norwalk, CT), Ximedica (Providence, RI), and GW Plastics (Bethel, VT).
  • Vasculaire Compression System 4c. FINALIST: Vasculaire Compression System, manufactured and submitted by Venous Health Systems (Portola Valley, CA). The Vasculaire Compression System is an ambulatory, intermittent pneumatic compression system intended to provide sequential compression therapy to a patient’s lower limb for the prophylactic treatment of venous disease. Supply and design credit to Xinetix (Laguna Hills, CA), Jatco Inc. (Union City, CA), Vinyl Technology Inc. (Monrovia, CA), Paramit Corp. (Morgan Hill, CA), and CleanCut Technologies (Anaheim, CA).

Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products

  • GORE Hybrid Vascular Graft 1. GOLD WINNER: GORE Hybrid Vascular Graft, manufactured and submitted by W. L. Gore & Associates Inc. (Flagstaff, AZ). The GORE Hybrid Vascular Graft is a surgically implantable, ePTFE vascular prosthesis with a section reinforced with nitinol. It is intended for use as a blood conduit for a permanent replacement of damaged or diseased vessels and for dialysis access.
  • ConforMIS iTotal CR Knee Replacement System 2. SILVER WINNER: ConforMIS iTotal CR Knee Replacement System, manufactured by ConforMIS Inc. (Burlington, MA). Entry submitted by Racepoint Group (Waltham, MA). iTotal CR Knee Replacement System uses iFit technology to create patient-specific systems. It is designed to provide patients and surgeons with a more anatomic, personalized solution to knee osteoarthritis.
  • KAMRA Corneal Inlay 4. FINALIST: KAMRA Corneal Inlay, manufactured and submitted by AcuFocus Inc. (Irvine, CA). The KAMRA Corneal Inlay is a permanent implant intended to improve the near vision of presbyopic patients by providing increased depth of focus in the implanted eye. The device is implanted under a corneal flap created with a laser or microkeratome. Supply and design credit to Ocular Technology Inc. (Goleta, CA), Resonetics Inc. (Nashua, NH), and Innovative Surgical Products (Tustin, CA).

In Vitro Diagnostic Products and Systems

  • SnapPath 1000 biomarker testing system 2. SILVER WINNER: SnapPath 1000 biomarker testing system, manufactured by BioMarker Strategies (Baltimore, MD). Entry submitted by HS Design Inc. (Gladstone, NJ). The SnapPath platform is an automated live tumor cell-processing instrument that enables predictive diagnostics. Data generated from the SnapPath helps medical oncologists determine the best treatment options for individual cancer patients. Supply and design credit to HS Design Inc. (Gladstone, NJ), Sparton Medical Systems (Strongsville, OH), and Mack Molding (Arlington, VT).
  • Simplexa Direct and Simplexa Universal Direct assay kits 3. BRONZE WINNER: Simplexa Direct and Simplexa Universal Direct assay kits, manufactured and submitted by Focus Diagnostics (Cypress, CA). Simplexa Direct employs a technology to overcome limitations of other molecular tests: extracting nucleic acids. These assays provide rapid and definitive results within an hour, the time classic real-time PCR requires for nucleic extraction.
  • Myla microbiology middleware system 4. FINALIST: Myla microbiology middleware system, manufactured and submitted by bioMérieux Inc. (Durham, NC). Myla is middleware used to optimize laboratory workflow and clinical information management. It includes a browser-based application that consolidates and manages microbiology data and converts data into actionable information for treatment decisions.

Medical Product Packaging, Graphic Instructions, and Labeling Systems

  • Scotchbond Universal Adhesive dropper vial 3. BRONZE WINNER: Scotchbond Universal Adhesive dropper vial, manufactured and submitted by 3M Deutschland GmbH, 3M ESPE Division (Seefeld, Germany). The Scotchbond Universal dropper vial contains an all-purpose light-curing adhesive for dental filling materials and cements. A broadly dimensioned push-button and an improved dropper provide easy opening and clean usage. Supply and design credit to Eckstein Design (München, Germany).

Over-The-Counter and Self-Care Products

  • Vibrance Kegel Device 2. SILVER WINNER: Vibrance Kegel Device, manufactured and submitted by Bioinfinity (M) Sdn Bhd (Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia). The Vibrance Kegel Device provides active biofeedback and audio guided interval training to assist women in performing pelvic floor exercises correctly. The compact device ensures that women are able to gain full benefits of their efforts.
  • New prefilled insulin injection pen 3. BRONZE WINNER: New prefilled insulin injection pen, manufactured by Novo Nordisk A/S (Hillerød, Denmark). Entry submitted by ESP Bioscience (Crowthorne, Berkshire, United Kingdom). This is a prefilled injection pen with a unique spring-loaded mechanism. The pen has no push-button extension at any dose and a low injection force, designed to make self-injecting easier for people with diabetes.

Radiological and Electromechanical Devices

  • Planmed Verity extremity scanner 1. GOLD WINNER: Planmed Verity extremity scanner, manufactured and submitted by Planmed Oy (Helsinki, Finland). Planmed Verity is a mobile 3-D imaging device designed for extremity imaging at the point of care. Its purpose is to catch often-missed fractures in the extremities. It provides preoperative imaging at a lower radiation dose than full-body CTs.
  • NOMAD Pro handheld x-ray system 2. SILVER WINNER: NOMAD Pro handheld x-ray system, manufactured by Aribex Inc. (Orem, UT). Entry submitted by IQMS (Paso Robles, CA). NOMAD Pro is an advanced, handheld intraoral x-ray for dental professionals that can easily be used in or out of an office setting. Lightweight and rechargeable, NOMAD Pro helps provide underserved patients access to care in remote humanitarian programs. Supply and design credit to Voltage Multipliers Inc. (Visalia, CA), and Ecomass Technologies (Austin, TX).
  • DermScope imaging accessory for the iPhone 3. BRONZE WINNER: DermScope imaging accessory for the iPhone, manufactured by Canfield Scientific Inc. (Fairfield, NJ). Entry submitted by HS Design Inc. (Gladstone, NJ). The DermScope is an accessory for the iPhone 4 and 4s. It consists of a controlled lighting system, optical interface, and proprietary software that enables dermatascopic image viewing and capture using the iPhones integral camera and display. Supply and design credit to HS Design Inc. (Gladstone, NJ).
  • BodyTom portable, full body, multi-slice CT scanner 4a. FINALIST: BodyTom portable, full body, multi-slice CT scanner, manufactured and submitted by NeuroLogica Corp. (Danvers, MA). The BodyTom is a portable CT scanner that provides full body, 32-slice imaging with an 85 cm gantry and 60-cm field of view. The device enables rapid scan time, flexible settings, and immediate image viewing for versatile real-time CT imaging.
  • Carestream CS 7600 imaging plate system 4b. FINALIST: Carestream CS 7600 imaging plate system, manufactured by Carestream Health Ltd. (Yoqneam, Israel). Entry submitted by Carestream Health Inc. (Rochester, NY). CS 7600 is an intraoral imaging plate system featuring an automated, secure workflow designed to improve productivity and user experience. It enables operators to use the system on multiple patients at the same time, with no waiting and no risk of errors.

Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products

  • Niagara Foot field-adjustable prosthetic device 1. GOLD WINNER: Niagara Foot field-adjustable prosthetic device, manufactured and submitted by Niagara Prosthetics and Orthotics International Ltd. (Fonthill, ON, Canada). The Niagara Foot is an affordable, effective, and field-adjustable prosthetic that can be used anywhere in the world. Prosthetists can tune the heel stiffness, forefoot stiffness, and resistance to dynamic loading to meet patient needs, even in the field. Supply and design credit to DuPont Canada (Mississauga, ON, Canada), Queen’s University, Human Mobility Research Centre (Kingston, ON, Canada), Centennial Plastics Mfg. Ltd. (Mississauga, ON, Canada), Hippo Design (Saint-André-Avellin, QC, Canada), Logique 3D/Instadesign (Montreal Laval, QC, Canada), Services PRÉCICAD Inc. (Quebec, Canada), and Universidad Don Bosco (Kempten, Germany).
  • BiOM Ankle prosthetic device 2. SILVER WINNER: BiOM Ankle prosthetic device, manufactured and submitted by iWalk Inc. (Bedford, MA). The BiOM prosthetic ankle,intended for use by lower limb amputees restores normal biological function. BiOM ankles used on wounded warriors resulted in energy costs, self-selected walking speeds, and biomechanic patterns that were similar to non-amputees. Supply and design credit to Cogmedix (West Boylston, MA), OnCore Manufacturing Services (Springfield, MA), and Maxon Motors (Fall River, MA).
  • Breathe NIOV Ventilation System 3. BRONZE WINNER: Breathe NIOV Ventilation System, manufactured and submitted by Breathe Technologies Inc. (Irvine, CA). The Breathe NIOV is a 1-lb wearable non-invasive ventilation system that aids adults with respiratory insufficiency. It is designed to promote patient ambulation in institutional and home environments. Supply and design credit to AOK Tooling Ltd. (Cheung Sha Wan, Kowloon, Hong Kong), ATL Technology (Springville, UT), AARCEE Consulting (Fremont, CA), Apogee Industrial Design (Millford, CT), and PN Engineering (Carlsbad, CA).
  • Neptune sound processor 4a. FINALIST: Neptune sound processor, manufactured by Advanced Bionics LLC (Vlencia, CA). Entry submitted by Product Creation Studio (Seattle, WA). Neptune is the first swimmable and fully submersible cochlear implant sound processor. Lightweight and waterproof, Neptune enables users to be able to hear in all environments. Worn off the ear, Neptune is more comfortable and convenient for users. Supply and design credit to Product Creation Studio (Seattle, WA).
  • RT600 Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) stepper ergometer featuring SAGE smart stimulation system 4b. FINALIST: RT600 Functional Electrical Stimulation (FES) stepper ergometer featuring SAGE smart stimulation system, manufactured and submitted by Restorative Therapies Inc. (Baltimore, MD). RT600 is a motorized Functional Electrical Stimulation stepper ergometer for rehabilitation of adult and pediatric patients with neurological injury or impairment. It is the only partial body weight supported stepping system fully integrated with FES. Supply and design credit to Apogee Designs Ltd. (Baltimore, MD).
  • SIM (Smart Incontinence Management) 4c. FINALIST: SIM (Smart Incontinence Management), manufactured and submitted by Simavita Pty. Ltd. (North Sydney, Australia). SIM is the first step to better continence management and starts with a continence assessment that is accurate and reliable. This automated monitoring process removes the guesswork associated with a manual assessment and improves patients health outcomes.

Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies

  • FMwand Ferromagnetic Surgical System 1. GOLD WINNER: FMwand Ferromagnetic Surgical System, manufactured and submitted by Domain Surgical (Salt Lake City, UT). The FMwand Ferromagnetic Surgical System precisely cuts and coagulates soft tissue while minimizing collateral damage, making it ideal for use in neurosurgery, spine surgery, and subspecialties requiring precision and safety near delicate structures. Supply and design credit to Eclipse Product Development (Salt Lake City, UT), and Biomerics LLC (Salt Lake City, UT).
  • EndoSerter Corneal Endothelial Delivery Instrument 2. SILVER WINNER: EndoSerter Corneal Endothelial Delivery Instrument, manufactured by Ocular Systems Inc. (Winston-Salem, NC). Entry submitted by Cathtek (Winston Salem, NC). The EndoSerter is a sterile, disposable, single-use device used in surgery centers by ophthalmologists during Descemets Stripping Endothelial Keratoplasty procedures to insert a corneal endothelial allograft into the anterior chamber of a patient’s eye. Supply and design credit to Cathtek LLC (Winston Salem, NC).
  • Alair Catheter for Bronchial Thermoplasty procedures 3. BRONZE WINNER: Alair Catheter for Bronchial Thermoplasty procedures, manufactured by Asthmatx (Sunnyvale, CA). Entry submitted by Bridge Design (San Francisco, CA). Alair performs bronchial thermoplasty to treat severe asthma. Introduced into the lungs by a bronchoscope, it delivers RF energy to the airway wall reducing airway smooth muscle to decrease constriction and reduce the frequency of asthma attacks. Supply and design credit to Bridge Design (San Francisco, CA).
  • ActiViews CT-Guide navigation system 4a. FINALIST: ActiViews CT-Guide navigation system, manufactured and submitted by ActiViews Inc. (Wakefield, MA). The ActiViews CT-Guide navigation system is designed to assist physicians during CT-guided interventional procedures by continuously tracking and displaying the location of a navigated instrument in relation to the CT image of the patient’s anatomy.
  • Catalys Precision Laser System 4a. FINALIST: Catalys Precision Laser System, manufactured and submitted by OptiMedica Corp. (Santa Clara, CA). The Catalys is a next-generation laser cataract surgery system that allows surgeons to perform image-guided, preoperative laser lens conditioning with unparalleled accuracy and a greatly streamlined workflow. Supply and design credit to LUNAR (San Francisco, CA), and 219 Design LLC (Mountain View, CA).

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