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Ximedica Client Accelerate Diagnostics Receives FDA Clearance

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Ximedica client Accelerate Diagnostics has been granted FDA clearance to market the Accelerate Pheno™ system and Accelerate PhenoTest™ BC kit for identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing of pathogens directly from positive blood culture samples.

Accelerate Diagnostics came to Bridge Design, a Ximedica Company, with its novel and potentially life-saving diagnostic technology to design and engineer an elegant and highly functional enclosure and simplified consumable. Using its trademark multidisciplinary approach, Bridge’s industrial designers came up with an iconic visual design that proved compact and user-friendly for routine loading and unloading of samples. Bridge engineers then worked with Accelerate engineers to translate this vision into a cost-conscious solution focused on ease of use, manufacturability, and reliability.

The Accelerate Pheno™ system and Accelerate PhenoTest™ BC kit was also honored with a gold medal in the Diagnostics Products and Systems category of the prestigious 2016 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA).

To read the full press release, please visit the Accelerate Diagnostics website.

Bill Evans, SVP Innovation, Featured in MDO Article

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Bill Evans, SVP of Innovation for Bridge Design, a Ximedica Company, recently served as co-chair of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Medical Design Conference in San Francisco Nov. 11 and 12. The conference, titled  ‘From Volume to Value,’ offered an opportunity for designers and clinicians to come together to better understand each other’s perspective and foster better collaboration between disciplines.

In a MDO feature article on the conference, Evans discussed the future of design in health care with journalist Heather Thompson. “Patient outcomes are very important, but value is about more than just cost effectiveness. Many other stakeholders can get value out of well-designed products and systems. For example, patients and caregivers can have better experiences and be more motivated to adhere to their treatment, manufactures can have more loyal customers, and healthcare workers less complex tasks. Ultimately getting these things right will help create more cost effective care as well.”

For the full article, please click here.