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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.

Bridge Design, a Ximedica Company’s Client Accelerate Diagnostics Wins Gold at MDEA Awards in June

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On Tuesday, June 14th, the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) recognized 27 innovative medtech products in NYC as part of a special ceremony. The event was held in conjunction with the 2016 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East. The awards honored the technological achievements of medical device manufacturers across nine categories and named gold, silver and bronze medal winners in each category.

Ximedica client Accelerate Diagnostics was honored with a gold medal in the Diagnostics Products and Systems category. Their winning design was the Accelerate ID/AST System designed by Bridge Design, a Ximedica Company. Accelerate Diagnostics came to Bridge 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.

 

“MD+DI and MD&M East are excited to honor the MDEA winners for excellence in medical product design and engineering,” said Jamie Hartford, editor-in-chief of MD+DI and director of medical content for the Advanced Manufacturing Group of UBM Americas. “These products will improve the lives of patients and individuals, and we can’t wait to witness their full potential.”

 

Congratulations to Accelerate Diagnostics!

Ximedica Acquires Bridge – Press Release

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XIMEDICA ACQUIRES BRIDGE DESIGN

Press Release

August 18, 2015

Ximedica and Bridge Design Join Forces, Setting a New Bar for MedTech Development

PROVIDENCE, RI & MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN, SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 18, 2015) – XIMEDICA, a leading, full service, medical technologies development firm, today, announced that it has acquired Bridge Design. The acquisition of Bridge Design, based in San Francisco, CA, provides Ximedica with a West Coast hub and an expanded front-end offering of leading-edge design services for physical and digital products, including mHealth.

The acquisition sets the stage for the East-Coast MedTech innovator to enter the country’s foremost high-tech capital, creating a bi-coastal, one-stop-shop union that marries best in class expertise with that of its new subsidiary.

“This partnership has been formed to broaden the strength, reach and scale of Ximedica’s comprehensive development offering,” says Randall S. Barko, Ximedica’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “Ximedica brings the regulated systems, procedures and expertise to complement Bridge Design’s two-plus decades of award-winning design in MedTech. By combining these strengths, we bring high value to our clients, offering a cost-effective development approach and a depth of expertise aligned with industry trends for digitally connected solutions.”

Says Aidan Petrie, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder of Ximedica, “This is about two organizations who share the same innovative DNA locking arms and setting a new bar for the design and development of medical technologies.”

Bridge Design, a Ximedica Company, will continue operating out of its current office in San Francisco, drawing on the back-end capabilities of Ximedica to expand offerings with existing clients while servicing new relationships with key clients on the West Coast.

“By joining forces with Ximedica,” says Bill Evans, President of Bridge Design, “we will be able to respond to an increasing demand from our client base for a more comprehensive offering. We believe this will resonate deeply as major growth areas like mHealth build strength. In addition, we are looking forward to scaling our team and talent and fueling a common hunger to solve substantive design problems withelegant and engaging solutions.”

Ximedica’s Westward move ties into an ongoing expansion strategy started in the Fall of 2014 when SV Life Sciences, a Boston-based private equity firm, purchased a majority stake in the firm. Says Barko, “Eight months ago we partnered with SV Life Sciences and embarked on the next phase of our global growth strategy. The acquisition of Bridge Design moves us further down that path. Bringing together top design and integrated engineering is nothing short of a powerful synergy and we look forward to seeing the impact we can create ahead.”

About Ximedica

Ximedica is a full-service ISO 13485-certified and FDA-registered product development firm. For 30 years Ximedica has provided a unique growth platform enabling organizations to successfully deploy medical technology products into the market. Its headquarters are in Providence, R.I., with offices in Hong Kong and Minneapolis, and now San Francisco. In November of 2014, SV Life Sciences, a Boston-based private equity firm, purchased a majority stake in Ximedica. www.ximedica.com

About Bridge Design

Bridge Design, based in San Francisco, has focused for more than two decades on award-winning design of medical and life sciences products – physical and digital. Bridge’s expertise in Design Strategy, Industrial Design and User Experience, fluently merges with Engineering. Clients range from Fortune 500 to startups, including device manufacturers, pharmaceutical, life science firms, as well as companies in consumer health and wellness. www.bridgedesign.com 

CONTACTS:

Hope Hopkins

hhopkins@ximedica.com

M 617.850.2721 L 401.330.3163 ext. 149

 

Marie-Jeanne Juilland

mjuilland@bridgedesign.com

M 650-823-3354

 

What’s Your Digital Health Product Worth? To The User, That Is …

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Bill Evans, Founder of  Bridge Design & SVP Innovation for Bridge’s new partner Ximedica, spoke at the recent 2015 Digital Health Summer Summit.

Here’s a relatively short VIDEO summing up his thoughts on the question: “What’s Your Technology Worth?”

Bill’s perspective is that of a designer who listens to users – patients or health care professionals – finding out how they define the “worth” of a product.

He was interviewed as part of a panel moderated by Sarah Jane Militttello, director of operations at UCSF’s Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab.

Bridge to Speak at IDSA Int’l. Conference

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Bill Evadownloadns, founder of Bridge Design, will speak about “The Next Wave of Healthcare Innovation” at the IDSA International Conference  next week in Seattle, Wash.

Healthcare is an integral part of our social infrastructure. Two major demographic and economic factors will dominate the future of global healthcare in the next 50 years – in both the developed and the developing world. They are aging and spending per capita. Bill will outline these trends and how they will impact designers and consumers of healthcare products and services across the globe. He also will speak on how technology and innovation—with the aid of designers—can help shape the healthcare ecosystem of the future.

 

Open mHealth Summit – Non-Profit Integrates Digital Data

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main-graphicLast month, Bridge’s Industrial and Interaction Design Director, Solene Bourgeois, attended the inaugural Open mHeatlh Summit – a non-profit industry event in San Francisco dedicated to creating open-source code that facilitates sharing of digital health data.

In the group’s own words, Open mHealth is dedicated to “breaking down the barriers to integration and bringing clinical meaning to digital health data.”

By consulting with clinical experts, data scientists, developers, and software architects, the Open mHealth organization is setting standards to create a specific format for health data.

At Bridge, we work on many products addressing chronic health issues, including diabetes or COPD. In these and other chronic conditions, we see so much clinical data that is critical to help patients and physicians coming from multiple devices and platforms in an often confusing delivery. Imagine instead, however, if blood glucose levels were shared in a common schema, regardless of where the data came from.

Participants at the conference demonstrated new tools, such as:

– Hipbone for iOs
This app downloads and serializes all your data to a dropbox.

– Linq
This online platform enables patients to upload information from their devices to use by a doctor. It is currently in a pilot at Stanford Preventive Cardiology.

Some interesting insights from the conference:

From the General Discussion:

– Pain – physical and mental – has huge health implications, but data is difficult to gather and measure.
– Designing for health is different than designing for healthcare. The first focuses more on the concerns of the users. The second needs to consider the entire healthcare system and all stakeholders.

From Patients:
– They would agree to collect more data and share that personal information with doctors but they don’t feel they get much in return.

From Doctors:
– They feel there is no time to load and look at all the data that patients bring in the office.
– They are unclear on what data is actionable – or which app and data is most valuable.
– They feel the the less data, the better.

The next summit will be hosted this Fall in New York on Dec. 4th.

Not CAN They Use It, but WILL they Use it . . .

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“The 1st question we ask our clients is not CAN users use your product, but WILL they use it?” said Bill Evans, Bridge Design president, at the recent Digital Health Summit.

Bill spoke on a panel with Sarah Jane Milittello, Director of Operations at UCSF Samsung Digital Health Innovation Lab; and Lisa Suennan, Managing Partner of Venture Valkyrie Consulting

Watch here for the full panel discussion (26 mins.)