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Polar Wand, Designed by BOLT Group, Wins Medical Design Excellence Award

Charlotte, NC - BOLT Group has won a 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award.

BOLT won for the industrial design and engineering of the Polar Wand endoscopic cryotherapy system, manufactured by GI Supply.
The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition, organized by Canon Communications LLC, is the only awards program that exclusively recognizes advances in the design of medical products. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their qualities of design, engineering, ergonomics and aesthetics. A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multi-disciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine, and diagnosis.

Polar Wand is a portable device that uses endoscopic cryotherapy to control bleeding in the gastrointestinal tract in patients resistant to conventional therapies. The device sprays a cryogen onto the wall of the esophagus or stomach to freeze tissue, thereby stopping uncontrolled bleeding.

"The key to the success of Polar Wand is its simplicity of use for the doctor. But creating a simple, easy-to-use device out of an inherently complex system is challenging,” says Monty Montague, IDSA, principal at BOLT Group. “I’m proud of our industrial design and engineering team for meeting this challenge and grateful to the MDEA jury for this recognition." BOLT conducted research with doctors in clinical environments to understand their needs and then designed the Polar Wand accordingly.

The 2009 Medical Design Excellence Award winners will be honored at a ceremony during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, June 9 - 11, 2009 at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Gold and silver award recipients will be announced at this time.
BOLT Group accelerates growth for its clients through product innovation and brand strategy, helping them realize their success by building greater value in their products and brands. The firm consistently garners the industry’s most prestigious design awards for both brand and product development, and works for clients of all sizes.

For more information, call Monty Montague at 1-888-GET-BOLT or 704/372-2659, or visit


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