Farm Supports Nashua Children’s Home and Humane Society of Greater Nashua
13 December 2017
The FarmCares Gift Giving Celebration took place from November 20 through December 13, 2017.
Employees participated by selecting a gift tag and fulfilling a child’s and/or pet’s wish. Farm thanks all of our employees for their support and wishes all of our friends both near and far a happy holiday season and best wishes in the new year!
Farm Featured in AAMI’s Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology Journal
2 October 2017
Farm’s Cheryl Kwinn, Senior Human Factors Engineer, recently participated in a roundtable discussion for AAMI’s BI&T (Biomedical Instrumentation & Technology) journal, September/October 2017 issue. BI&T is a bimonthly, peer-reviewed journal dedicated to the developers, managers, and users of medical technology. In the article, “Elevating the Importance of Effective, Reliable Sterilization and Reprocessing,” Joe Sheffer, managing editor at AAMI, interviews industry experts who discuss the healthcare industry’s response to the “super bug” outbreak, challenges the CSSD (Central Sterile Supply Department) still face, the FDA’s recommendations, and the need for manufacturers to consider sterilization and reprocessing early in the design of medical devices.
Farm Supports Finder Keepers, NH Hurricane Harvey Disaster Relief Effort
15 September 2017
Hurricane Harvey has caused massive flooding, devastating damage and loss of life in Houston, TX. Several Flex sites, including Farm, participated in relief efforts in their local communities to collect food, clothing and needed items to help those affected by Hurricane Harvey. Farm partnered with Finders Keepers, NH and participated in their Flood the Love - Hurricane Relief drive which was a huge success.
We would like to thank Finders Keepers NH, all of our employees and their families who contributed to relief efforts. Sending light and love to our friends in Houston, TX.
Farm Sponsored FIRST Team: Bringing Engineering Opportunities to Title I Schools
30 July 2017
The Farm sponsored FIRST Robotics Team 1289, the Gearheadz, of Lawrence, Massachusetts were recently featured in a FIRST case study titled, Bringing Engineering Opportunities to Title I Schools. With the support of local team sponsors and a group of dedicated mentors, Lawrence high school started the FIRST Robotics team back in 2004. Each year, a diverse group of up to 60 students join to gain confidence, leadership skills, and hands-on engineering experience.
Student Miguel De Jesus joined the team as a shy freshman, but with the encouragement of mentors, he came out of his shell to become a confident public speaker and the team’s president. Miguel plans to join the military after graduating Lawrence. “I don’t really know where I would be if it weren’t for what robotics has taught me when it comes to communications, sportsmanship, and technology,” he said.
Farm is proud to support the Lawrence Gearheadz FIRST Robotics Team, and it hopes teams present and future can help reluctant students graduate, excel in math and science, and discover engineering.
Farm’s Collaboration with Hologic Wins 2017 Medical Design Excellence Award
13 June 2017
Farm is proud to announce that our collaboration with Hologic on the Affirm Prone breast biopsy system has won a bronze 2017 Medical Design Excellence Award in the category of Radiological and Electromechanical devices. Farm is honored to receive recognition for our work with Hologic by the medical technology industry’s premier design competition. Congratulations to the team!
Farm’s Collaboration with Hologic a Finalist in Medical Design Excellence Awards
1 May 2017
Farm is proud to announce that our collaboration with Hologic on the Affirm Prone breast biopsy system has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. The Hologic Affirm™ prone system is the first dedicated prone biopsy system to offer both 2D and 3D imaging-guided breast biopsies. Farm assisted Hologic in the development effort, which resulted in a streamlined workflow that makes operation fast and easy, including better access to challenging lesion locations and an integrated support system that greatly increases patient comfort.
Award winners will be announced at a special ceremony taking place at MD&M East on June 13, 2017, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Also, MD+DI magazine is giving readers the chance to choose their favorite products. Cast your vote for the 2017 Medical Design Excellence Awards Readers’ Choice Award. Farm appreciates your support!
Farm’s Art Rousmaniere Named as FIRST Robotics Woodie Flowers Finalist
6 March 2017
Farm is excited to announce that our engineering manager, Art Rousmaniere, was recently named as a FIRST Robotics Competition Woodie Flowers Finalist. Art has been a dedicated mentor for the FIRST Robotics Competition (Granite State District) for over 13 years.
Dr. William Murphy founded this prestigious award in 1996, and each year, students submit essays nominating one mentor from their team to be considered. The award celebrates effective communication in the art and science of engineering and design and was created to recognize mentors who lead, inspire and empower using excellent communication skills.
Art truly embodies all of the attributes of this award and we commend him on his efforts to inspire, and engage young people to pursue education and careers in STEM-related fields. Congratulations Art!
Farm’s José Wong Featured in MPO Magazine, January/February 2017 Issue
3 February 2017
Farm’s José Wong, Senior Director of Engineering and Program Management, was interviewed for an article in Medical Product Outsourcing magazine’s January/February 2017 issue.In the article, “Research, Develop, Produce, Repeat,” José talks about the medtech industry’s growth, developing from mergers, acquisitions, and strategic partnerships. As a result, product development firms are stepping in to support creativity needs, providing expertise to innovate and help businesses grow. José also describes the balancing act of spending too much or too little time in R&D, and the consequences of both.
Farm’s Longtime Leader, Jack Harkins Retiring After 34 Years
13 October 2016
It is with heavy hearts, but warm wishes, that Farm announces the retirement of our longtime leader, co-founder and president, and most recently, Farm/Flex general manager, Jack Harkins. A graduate of the Rhode Island School of Design, since 1982 Jack has seen Farm grow from three people to its current staff of 50+ human factors engineers, designers and engineers. He has spent his career largely in the development of medical and life science products for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 OEMs.Jack has had a huge influence on the shaping of Farm’s past, present, and future. He’s been dedicated to Farm’s success for over three decades, and was instrumental in ensuring our company’s future growth with the integration of Farm and Flex this past year. Please join us in wishing Jack the very best, and congratulating him on his retirement!
After 16 years at Farm, Darrin Manke will be replacing Jack as general manager. Darrin has held several leadership positions during his career at Farm, playing a key role in the company’s operations, marketing, business development and strategic growth. Darrin brings 25 years of extensive knowledge and first-hand experience in product development to his new role, and has managed the successful creation of healthcare products and systems for clients ranging from start-ups to Fortune 100 OEMs.
I’m privileged to have spent the past many years helping Farm grow. We wouldn’t be here without the hundreds of loyal clients we have served over the decades. I’m thankful to have worked alongside not only the most talented people in the industry, but also some of the most considerate - always willing to sacrifice for each other and for our customers. I wish everyone at Farm great things in the future.
I want to thank Jack for his friendship, encouragement, and leadership during my career at Farm. I’m honored to accept the role of general manager, and excited to be a part of Farm’s future success.
Farm in NHBR Magazine: NH Firms Play Key Roles in Medical Device Production
29 September 2016
Farm’s Robert Charles, Design & Engineering Manager, was recently interviewed for an editorial featured in NH Business Review magazine.
In the article, “NH firms play key roles in medical device production,” Robert discusses several projects Farm has worked on with several global clients, and the importance of meeting FDA requirements through design and research. Robert also highlights Farm’s award-winning collaboration efforts with other NH product development companies.
Farm Celebrates Its 45th Anniversary
1 August 2016
This summer, Farm is proud to be celebrating our 45th anniversary delivering award-winning product development outcomes to medical, life science, and consumer health companies. Farm has worked diligently over the past four decades to build a company that offers clients, large and small, a comprehensive, end-to-end product development solution.
Throughout our company’s history, we’ve constantly evolved while adapting to changes in the economic climate, and we’re stronger because of it. Our longevity in the medical device space is a true testament to the reputation we’ve built and our unique culture.
Farm would like to thank our clients for choosing us to collaborate on the creation of breakthrough medical devices that are saving lives and reshaping healthcare. Without the advances in medical technology you envision, we wouldn’t have the challenges that test our creativity and contribute to your success. It’s YOU that makes working at Farm fulfilling and enjoyable.
And we wouldn’t be celebrating 45 years if it weren’t for our employees! Thank YOU, “Farm,” for all your hard work, loyalty, and dedication over the years. It is our talent that makes Farm the company that it has been, and always will be.
Happy anniversary, Farm!!!
Good Luck to Farm’s Team 90’s Nostalgia Competing at Red Bull Flugtag Boston
27 July 2016
On Saturday, August 20th, for the first time EVER, thousands of excited spectators will line the banks of the Charles River to watch 30 teams compete in the Red Bull Flugtag Boston 2016 competition. The event challenges the brave and brainy to design, build and pilot flying machines off a 28-foot high flight deck. Teams are judged on three criteria: flight distance, creativity of the craft, and showmanship.After dedicating countless hours to the creation of their flying machine, Farm’s very own Eugene Zeleny, Mechanical Engineer at Farm, will compete alongside his fellow teammates to break the 258-foot distance record set in Long Beach, California in 2013. Farm is proud to sponsor Team 90’s Nostalgia at this free, family-friendly event that pushes the envelope of human-powered flight.
Farm’s Robert Charles Featured in Medical Design Briefs Magazine, June Issue
1 June 2016
Farm’s Robert Charles, Design & Engineering Manager, was featured in the June issue of Medical Design Briefs 2016 Outsourcing Guide and Directory. In the article, “Removing Blinders: A Key to Medical Device Innovation,” Robert discusses how medical device companies often have trouble stepping outside their comfort zones, and how a development team will optimize a design around a set of requirements, constraints, and assumptions that blind the team from exploring and discovering alternative solutions.
This article examines how medical device companies can get past these blinders by adopting a development approach built around teams with broader, less specific experience, and explores how this type of team structure can unlock more innovative thinking.
Farm and MolecuLight Selected as Finalist in Medical Design Excellence Awards
2 May 2016
Farm is excited to announce that our collaboration with MolecuLight on the i:X, a handheld fluorescence imaging device, is a finalist in this year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. This breakthrough optical imaging device allows clinicians to visualize the presence and distribution of bacteria in skin and chronic wounds in real time and at the point of care.
Award winners will be announced at a special ceremony taking place at MD&M East on June 14, 2016, at New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. Also, MD+DI magazine is giving readers the chance to choose their favorite products. Cast your vote for the 2016 Medical Design Excellence Awards Readers’ Choice Award. Farm appreciates your support!
Farm Featured in AAMI’s Award-Winning Horizons Magazine, Spring 2016 Edition
8 April 2016
Farm’s very own Cheryl Kwinn, Senior Human Factors Engineer, was featured in the award-winning Horizons magazine, produced by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI). Published twice each year, Horizons provides in-depth coverage on a specific topic. The spring 2016 edition focused on the topic of Sterilization and Reprocessing: Overcoming Challenges, Safeguarding Patients.
Cheryl’s article, “Barriers to Adopting FDA Guidance in Central Sterile Departments,” discusses the issues surrounding reprocessing complex medical devices, a subject that has received recent attention as a result of “superbug” outbreaks traced to contaminated surgical instruments.
The barriers to adoption in healthcare facilities are many, including limited financial resources to implement the new FDA recommendations, no formalized requirements for technician training across institutions, and insufficient wall and counter space to hold the IFUs and wall charts required for each different complex instrument.
Although the FDA guidance puts much of the responsibility on the manufacturers of these complex instruments, implementing the manufacturers’ FDA-required safety measures and the FDA’s recent safety communication may require big changes on the part of healthcare institutions.
Farm-Sponsored Lawrence HS Gearheadz Robotics Team Wins Spirit Award
7 April 2016
The Farm-sponsored Lawrence High School’s Gearheadz robotics team competed at the New England district event of the FIRST Robotics Competition, held in Boston over the weekend. The Gearheads walked away from the competition with a team award for their “extraordinary enthusiasm and spirit.” FIRST – For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology – is a Manchester, N.H.-based nonprofit founded in 1989 to inspire youth to participate in science and technology.
The award was a reflection of the team’s “exceptional partnership and teamwork,” said Farm’s Art Rousmaniere, lead team mentor for the Gearheadz and an engineering manager and principal mechanical engineer at Farm. Art said the students were “very proud” of the award.
The Gearheadz robotics team comprises about 30 students in grades 9 through 12. There are two teachers who oversee the club, Linette Heredia and Ana Shapiro, as well as several volunteer mentors from companies including Raytheon, Comcast and Farm Design, all of which sponsor the team.
Farm is extremely proud of the Lawrence Gearheadz, and although the team didn’t place high enough in the weekend competition to qualify for the national competition in St. Louis at the end of April, we are rooting for them to advance via an upcoming lottery!Click to read the entire exclusive Eagle-Tribune article.
Farm Featured in MPO Magazine – Weighs In on Designing Emotion into MedTech
19 January 2016
Designing a device that elicits an emotional response might be one of the most challenging tasks in product development. Medical Product Outsourcing magazine reached out recently to design and development firms and posed the following question: “How do you design emotion into a medical device?”
Farm’s Senior Director of Design, Dan O’Sullivan, weighed in. Dan explains how the best designers always strive to create a product experience so engaging that it establishes an emotional connection between the product and the person using it. He goes on to explain how Farm achieved this for our client DJO Global in the development of the Aircast AirSelect walking boot.
Flex Expands Medical Design Capabilities with Acquisition of Farm Design
8 December 2015
Flex announced on December 8, 2015, its acquisition of Farm Design. Adding Farm’s world-class team and award-winning design capabilities to Flex’s established medical segment further expands Flex’s industrial design, usability engineering, and development expertise, creating one of the largest and most comprehensive medical-design services organizations in the industry.
Farm will continue to offer the same core services — including human factors, design, and engineering expertise — that have made us one of the most highly regarded medical-technology development firms in the U.S. Our talented group of employees, our location, and the reputation we’ve built over four decades will remain a key aspect of our continued services. By partnering with Flex, Farm can now offer our clients access to Flex’s global manufacturing, real-time supply chain insight, and logistics services — a complete end-to-end solution for our clients’ product-development needs.
“We are delighted to welcome the highly talented Farm Design team to Flex,” said Paul Humphries, group president of High Reliability Solutions at Flex. “Over the past 40 years, they have built an outstanding company with an award-winning design portfolio and a reputation for quality and integrity. This strategic addition is extremely well aligned with the sketch-to-scale offerings of our medical group, and will enhance the design services we provide to our valued medical customers.”
“Flex’s first-class global organization and manufacturing facilities make it an ideal fit for Farm Design and our employees,” said Jack Harkins, President of Farm. “We are excited to join Flex’s team and become a part of their innovative medical group as we continue to provide our customers with industry-leading design services.”
MDT Magazine Interviews Farm on Human Factors in Home Healthcare
17 September 2015
Farm’s VP of Research and Usability, Laurie Reed, was recently interviewed by Medical Design Technology magazine for the September, 2015 issue. In the article, Come on in MedTech; Make Yourself at Home, Laurie discusses how the transition of healthcare technology into the home presents challenges for users that need to be addressed in both the industrial and interaction design. The article provides insights on the challenges being met by both designers and human factors engineers who are developing new home healthcare products and services.
Farm Joins Minnesota's LifeScience Alley Membership Community
3 August 2015
Farm is proud to announce its decision to join Minnesota's LifeScience Alley community. Founded in 1984, LifeScience Alley has played a leadership role in growing Minnesota's Medical Alley for 30 years, offering educational programs, networking events, and conferences. LifeScience Alley is committed to the advancement of research and healthcare innovation in Minnesota’s life sciences community.
Farm’s decision to join LifeScience Alley stems from our commitment to our current and future clients in Minnesota who are working to develop and commercialize exciting new medical and life science technologies.
Marc Dubreuil in Med Device Online – Trends Driving Medical Device Design
22 June 2015
Farm’s VP of Business Development, Marc Dubreuil, was recently interviewed by the Executive Editor of Med Device Online, Jim Pomager, to discuss the factors to consider before designing your next medical device.
In the article, “3 Top Trends Driving Medical Device Design In 2015 — Experts Weigh In”, Marc addresses how thrift, usability, and the convergence of consumer-tech and med-tech is set to transform medical device development.
Farm and Corindus Receive GOLD 2015 Medical Design Excellence Award
9 June 2015
Farm is excited to announce that our collaboration with Corindus Vascular Robotics on the CorPath 200 system has won a 2015 GOLD Medical Design Excellence Award in the category of Radiological and Electromechanical Devices. The CorPath 200 system is the first FDA-cleared system for robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, bringing robotic precision to PCI. Farm is honored to have received recognition for our work on the CorPath system, and would like to congratulate our client, Corindus Vascular Robotics for bringing such a remarkable technology to the cardiovascular market.
Farm’s Collaboration with ConMed Featured in Spring, 2015 Issue of Innovation
15 May 2015
Farm’s collaboration with ConMed on the DetachaTip® III laparoscopic instrument was featured in an article published in the Spring, 2015 issue of Innovation, the magazine published by the Industrial Design Society of America (IDSA). This special issue delves into the many issues of ergonomics, comfort, and working style that must be dealt with when developing products that, ideally, should become seamless extensions of our hands and mind.
Alan Mudd, Farm’s Technical Marketing Manager, has authored, “Driven by User Comfort: Surgical Tool Design.” In this piece, Alan discusses the challenges our team faced in helping ConMed develop their latest handheld laparoscopy tool, and shows how Farm created a successful device that a wide range of surgeons – each with their own personal working style – would find comfortable and easy to use.
Farm and Corindus Selected as Finalist in Medical Design Excellence Awards
5 May 2015
Farm is thrilled to announce that our collaboration with Corindus Vascular Robotics on the CorPath 200 system has been selected as a finalist in this year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Corindus’ CorPath 200 Vascular Robotic System is the first FDA-cleared system for robotic-assisted percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures, bringing robotic precision to PCI. Award winners will be announced at a special ceremony taking place at MD&M East on June 9, 2015 at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Also, MD+DI magazine is giving readers the chance to choose their favorite products. Cast your vote for the 2015 Medical Design Excellence Awards Readers' Choice Award. Voting ends Wednesday, June 3, 2015. You can vote once per device. Farm appreciates your support!
MEDesign Top 10 Blog Posts for 2014 – Three articles contributed by Farm!
30 December 2014
The results are in! Medical Device Summit, a B2B magazine focused on the global medical device industry, recently announced the Top 10 Most-Read Blog Posts for 2014 as featured on their MEDesign blog. Farm, a long time contributing blogger to MEDesign, and supporter of Medical Device Summit, is thrilled that our talented authors were highlighted.
Check out the buzzed-about articles below and make sure to follow Farm’s blog.
Pantone Interview’s Farm’s James Rudolph, about Designing CAPSURE
21 October 2014
Pantone, a subsidiary of X-Rite, the authority on color and provider of color systems, interviewed Farm’s James Rudolph to discuss his role in the design of CAPSURE, a portable color analysis device created for professionals who work in fashion, home furnishings, interior, industrial, and graphic design. The device captures color inspiration from just about any surface and matches it to one of the hundreds of colors in the Pantone Color library. In the interview, James discusses how Farm’s relationship with X-Rite and Pantone began, how ergonomics played a significant role in the design, and the importance of developing a product that would be intuitive and easy to use. CAPSURE is well-known for its use at Sephora locations nationwide as part of their Color IQ system, which identifies a customer’s skin tone (color IQ) and matches it to a foundation color from over 1,500 formulas.
Farm and NinePoint Medical Collaboration Honored with 2014 R&D 100 Award
11 July 2014
Farm is excited to announce that our work with NinePoint Medical on the NvisionVLE Imaging System has been recognized with a 2014 R&D 100 Award. The 52nd annual R&D 100 Awards is an international competition that recognizes the 100 most technologically significant products introduced into the marketplace over the past year. The R&D 100 Awards recognizes excellence across a wide range of industries, including telecommunications, optics, high-energy physics, materials science, chemistry and biotechnology. The 2014 R&D 100 Awards Banquet and Awards Presentation will take place on November 7, 2014 at The Bellagio in Las Vegas.
Farm’s Kyle Jarger in IDSA’s Innovation – Talks Wearable Medical Devices
9 July 2014
Farm Program Manager, Kyle Jarger, was recently featured in the Summer issue of IDSA’s Innovation magazine as author of an article titled “Wearable Medical Devices - A Field with Great Promise”.
In his article, Kyle discusses guidelines that designers and engineers can follow to help identify and clarify some of the various hardware-focused electrical and mechanical issues unique to wearable product development, and suggests practices that should have a positive impact both on regulatory success and on a successful user experience.
Farm & DJO Global Win 2014 Bronze International Design Excellence Award
1 July 2014
A little over 10 years ago, Farm helped DJO become a leader in the category of orthopedic therapy products by developing the innovative Aircast walking boot. In 2013, Farm helped DJO build on that success with the creation of the AirSelect product, a breakthrough addition to the DJO Aircast family that weighs 20% less than the previous version, is easier to use, and offers a more comfortable experience for the patient.
Farm’s Client Corindus Vascular Robotics Wins Frost & Sullivan Award
26 June 2014
Farm would like to congratulate our client, Corindus Vascular Robotics Inc., on receiving Frost & Sullivan's 2014 North American New Product Innovation Award in interventional cardiology for the CorPath Vascular Robotic System. The award was established by industry consulting and research firm Frost & Sullivan to recognize visionary innovation and product excellence. Farm helped redesign Corindus’s CorPath Vascular Robotic System to improve its performance, reliability and manufacturability.
According to Greg Caressi, senior vice president, Healthcare and Life Sciences at Frost & Sullivan, “To achieve excellence in new product innovation leadership is not an easy task, but the CorPath system addresses a critical concern of interventional cardiologists, and has the potential to improve outcomes and economics in coronary angioplasty.”
Hologic Announces Study: 3D Mammography Significantly Increases the Detection of Breast Cancer
24 June 2014
Farm’s client Hologic has just announced the results of a groundbreaking study that finds that their proprietary mammography technology, known as 3D breast tomosynthesis, reveals significantly more invasive cancers than a traditional mammogram.
The study, the largest of its kind to date, was published in the June 25, 2014 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) and involved 139 doctors from 13 U.S. academic and community-based sites. The researchers also discovered that the greater accuracy of 3D mammography led to a 15% reduction in the number of women called back for unnecessary testing due to false alarms, resulting in decreased anxiety around the mammography procedure and lower health care costs.
Farm is proud of its collaboration with Hologic in the development of the Selenia Dimensions mammography system and we’re excited that the greater imaging precision of 3D breast tomosynthesis will soon be available to thousands more women throughout North America.
Farm Takes Home a Silver and Bronze 2014 Medical Design Excellence Award
11 June 2014
Farm is thrilled to announce that we’ve won two of this year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards, receiving them on Wednesday, June 11th during the 2014 MD&M East exposition in NYC. Farm’s collaboration with NinePoint Medical on the NvisionVLE Imaging System took home a silver award in the category of Radiological and Electromechanical devices, and our work with Gamma Medica on the LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging system was recognized with a bronze award in the same category. Farm is honored to have received these accolades, and would like to congratulate NinePoint Medical and Gamma Medica for bringing these innovative devices to market.
Farm Has 3 Finalists in this Year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards Competition
3 April 2014
Farm is excited to announce that 3 products on which we’ve recently collaborated have been chosen as finalists in this year’s Medical Design Excellence Awards competition. Farm submitted an entry on behalf of client NinePoint Medical for their NvisionVLE Imaging System in the category of Radiological and Electromechanical devices. Also a finalist in this category is Farm’s client, Gamma Medica, for their LumaGEM Molecular Breast Imaging system. In the category of Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology products Farm submitted an entry on behalf of DJO Global for the Aircast AirSelect Elite advanced pneumatic walking boot.
Farm wishes all of the finalists in this year’s competition the best of luck! Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at MD&M East during the Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony which will take place in New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center.
Client, ConMed Corporation, Launches Hall 50™ Powered Instruments System
24 March 2014
Farm’s client, ConMed Corporation, a medical technology company specializing in devices for both orthopaedic and general surgery markets, recently announced the launch of the Hall 50™ Powered Instruments System during the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons Annual Meeting, which took place on March 11-15, 2014.
Farm collaborated with ConMed to create the Hall 50™ System, a new generation of UL-approved, autoclavable, lithium battery-powered handpieces used by surgeons during large and small bone orthopaedic, trauma, sports medicine, spine, and cardio-thoracic procedures. Please see the press release.
Client Medrobotics’ System for Snake-Like Surgical Endoscopy Gets CE Mark
18 March 2014
Medrobotics, a Farm client, recently announced that their Flex System for surgical endoscopy has received CE Mark approval in Europe. The Flex system is the first surgical endoscopy device with snake-like capabilities that allow it to reach locations inside the human body that conventional rigid instruments simply can’t.
The technology behind the Flex System was originally developed at the Carnegie Mellon Robotics Lab and was then refined in collaboration with Farm, as described in an article on Medgadget. The Flex System enables physicians to enter the patient through a single small incision, and operate along a circuitous, non-linear path to gain access to difficult locations.
WUD 2013: Farm Talks Usability in Medical Product Development
3 December 2013
On November 14, 2013, User Vision hosted their 9th annual World Usability Day event, featuring a range of entertaining and informative activities for those interested in learning about the world of usability and user experience design.
Attending via web meeting, Farm’s Vice President of Research and Usability, Beth Loring, presented Usability in Medical Product Development. Beth provided insight into the role of user research in the design of medical devices and the process taken when approaching projects to ensure final designs are safe and effective for clinicians and patients.
Farm’s Client, Mako Surgical bought by Stryker for a whopping $1.65 billion
7 October 2013
Farm is proud to announce that our client, MAKO Surgical, was bought by medical device maker Stryker Corp. for approximately $1.65 billion. Farm collaborated with MAKO Surgical on the research, human factors engineering, industrial design, mechanical engineering, and graphical user interface design for the RIO Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System.
The purchase of MAKO Surgical will give Stryker access to Mako Surgical's technology for robot-assisted orthopedic surgery. In response to the announcement, Mako Surgical’s President and Chief Executive Officer, Maurice R. Ferré, M.D., commented, "The combination of Stryker's established industry leadership with MAKO's innovative products and people contains the power to positively transform orthopedics.”
MPO Magazine Interviews Farm’s Director of Design: Designing for a Smaller World
31 July 2013
Farm’s Director of Product Design, Dan O’Sullivan, was recently interviewed for a featured article in the July/August issue of Medical Product Outsourcing magazine.
The article, titled “Designing for a Smaller World,” focuses on how product development firms have been forced to up their creativity to keep pace with rapidly advancing technology, the pressure to minimize costs, and the demands of creating products for a globalized marketplace.
O’Sullivan draws on Farm’s experience in designing medical devices controlled by embedded graphical user interfaces and the challenges faced in creating graphic icons for users around the globe. He also emphasizes the importance of developing a product in the context of its user ecosystem - including its use environment - in an effort to ensure that the right problems are addressed by the final design.
Covidien’s Kendall System Prevents DVT and Death in Post Stroke Patients
25 June 2013
A study of Covidien’s Kendall SCD Smart Compression System was featured in the medical journal, The Lancet and appeared recently on Medgadget. The study examines Covidien’s efforts to perfect its intermittent pneumatic compression (IPC) system.
Patients who have been immobilized by a stroke often suffer from deep vein thrombosis (DVT), a dangerous condition where blood clots form inside the legs, exposing the patient to the possibility of a fatal pulmonary embolism. Covidien’s Kendall SCD Compression System delivers sequential, gradient, circumferential compression to the legs and automatically adjusts the compressions based on the patient’s own vascular refill time. Recent trials on immobile stroke patients demonstrated that using the Kendall SCD Smart Compression System could reduce the incidence of deep vein thrombosis by 30% and lead to a 14% reduction in mortality.
Farm is proud to have played a key role in the development effort for the Kendall SCD Controller, having contributed to the industrial design, mechanical and usability engineering, and graphical user interface.
Farm’s President, Jack Harkins, to Judge 51st R&D 100 Awards
3 May 2013
Farm’s president, Jack Harkins, has been chosen as a judge for this year’s R&D 100 Awards. Referred to as the “Oscars of Innovation,” the R&D 100 Awards recognizes the top 100 technology products of the year. Past winners have included sophisticated testing equipment, new materials, biomedical devices, consumer products, and breakthroughs in chemistry and high-energy physics. The R&D 100 Awards celebrate developments throughout industry, academia, and government-sponsored research.
Jack Harkins was chosen as an expert in the field of product development and will be on a jury made up of professional consultants, university faculty, and industrial researchers. R&D 100 Award winners are chosen based on the judges’ votes and written comments, with the final decision coming from the editors of R&D Magazine.
The 2013 winners will be announced in September and then honored at the 51st Annual R&D 100 Banquet and Awards Presentation, which takes place at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld in Orlando, Florida, on Thursday, November 7, 2013.
Farm’s Client, DJO Global, Launches the NEW Aircast AirSelect
18 March 2013
DJO Global today announced the launch of its AirSelect™ family of high-performance pneumatic walking boots. Farm is proud to have been part of the development effort, collaborating with DJO on the human factors engineering, industrial design, and mechanical engineering of the outer panels, sole, compression pump, and manifold system. The AirSelect™ boot is clinically-proven to be effective in healing fractures and managing edema and is specifically designed for patients recovering from leg and foot surgeries, severe ankle sprains, or stable fractures of the lower leg, foot, or ankle.
The AirSelect boot consists of overlapping posterior and distal duplex aircells that provide intermittent compression, reducing edema three times faster. The pre-inflated front panel aircell and integrated inflation system provides a full-contact fit. The inflation system lets patients inflate each aircell individually, to maximize comfort. Proprietary SoftStrike technology absorbs and dissipates shock, while the lightweight, lab-tested rocker sole encourages a natural gait, allowing the patient to continue everyday activities.
The new AirSelect boot weighs 20% less than the previous Aircast product, is easier to use, and provides the secure, custom-fit feel of a cast, but with the lighter weight and cushioning comfort of an air compression system.
Medical Device Daily Interview Highlights Farm’s Product Development Process and How Usability is Playing a Larger Role in Designing Products...
31 December 2012
In part one of a two-part exclusive interview, Farm’s Business Development Manager, Marc Dubreuil, chats with Medical Device Daily (MDD) Contributing Editor Jim Stommen in an article titled “Dubreuil Tills Product Development Soil for Concepts to Grow at Farm.” In the interview, Marc discusses trends in product design and the impending medical device tax and its potential impact on product development firms like Farm. Marc also highlights Farm’s product development process and how it’s unique.
In part two of the interview, titled "Usability Playing a Larger Role in Designing Products," Marc talks about the importance of usability in product design, the emphasis on product safety, measurement of outcomes for new products, use of virtual prototyping and other new tools in design, and working on optimization of existing products as they move to second-generation form.
Farm Recaps the Medical Development Group Forum for Medical Plastics News
19 December 2012
On December 5, 2012, Farm’s Senior Human Factors Engineer, Laurie Reed, was among several presenters who gathered at the Medical Development Group (MDG) December forum to present “Design and Human Factors are Keys to Innovative Medical Device Products.” The event took place at the Emerging Enterprise Center at Foley Hoag in Waltham MA and drew a packed house. Medical Plastics News (MPN) asked Farm’s Laurie Reed to recap the event for MPN readers, including sharing highlights from the lively Q&A session. Please visit Medical Plastics News for the full story.
Hologic’s Tomosynthesis System Recognized as Top Medical Innovation for 2013
31 October 2012
Cleveland Clinic recently announced its list of Top 10 Medical Innovations at the 10th Annual Medical Innovation Summit. The list features innovations that will have a major impact on improving patient care within the next year. Hologic was recognized for its breast tomosynthesis system, a diagnostic technology approved by the FDA in 2011. Also called 3D mammography, this procedure allows dozens of images to be made from numerous angles of the entire breast. The technology offers doctors and mammography technicians the opportunity to discover small cancer cells, especially in the case of women with dense breasts, in which tumors often escape detection. Preliminary results of 25,000 women reported a 47 percent increase in cancer detection when tomosynthesis was used.
Farm is proud to have been a part of the development collaboration with Hologic on the Selenia Dimensions Tomosynthesis system, which also won a 2011 Medical Design Excellence Award at the 2011 MD&M East show.
Farm in September/October Issue of Medical Plastics News (MPN) Magazine
22 October 2012
Bob Ketelhohn, a Senior Mechanical Engineer at Farm, is featured in the September/October 2012 issue Medical Plastics News (MPN) magazine with an article titled "Utilizing Data Wisely.” In the article, Bob discusses the imperatives of gathering and interpreting data to the product development process.
From the MPN article: “Software-based tools allow engineers to unlock gigabytes of virtual experiments. But there is a temptation to generate oceans of unnecessary data, which ultimately hinders development.”
Check out the rest of “Utilizing Data Wisely” in the current issue of MPN to learn Bob’s tips on how data can be used wisely.
Farm in July/August Issue of Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO) Magazine
31 July 2012
Farm’s Director of Business Development Marc Dubreuil was recently interviewed by Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO) magazine for its July/August 2012 issue. In the article titled "More Usable, by Design,” Marc discusses how important usability has become and its focus in medical device design.
From the MPO feature: “Marc cited the emphasis on usability of devices, saying he ‘wouldn’t necessarily call it new, but the focus is much greater than ever before.’ What is new, he said, is that instead of technology being pushed into the market, ‘a lot of large medical OEMs are starting to figure out that it’s easier to find out what users want and need and then supply that need as opposed to just pushing technology. That being said, new technology gives them added differentiation, added value, things like that. But usability is by far the biggest focus in design today.’”
Usability as Good Practice: Dubreuil said the usability question “is really just good practice, especially now that the FDA has said, ‘Look, we recognize this is good practice; it’s the right thing to do and, therefore, everyone will be required to do it in device development.’ There are some really good reasons for it, which is why Farm has done it for more than 40 years and it’s why we have an in-house research and usability team, but it all dovetails together.”
Check out the rest of the article “More Usable, by Design” for further insights from Marc Dubreuil and others who weigh in on the importance of usability in medical device design.
ConforMIS and Farm Team Up for Article in OrthoTec Magazine
21 May 2012
In the OrthoTec magazine article titled “Using FEA Analysis and Fatigue Testing to Optimize Patient-Specific Total Knee Systems,” ConformMIS’s senior vice president of knee implant engineering, John Slamin, illustrates the process for designing a patient-specific knee femoral component that is bone preserving, in comparison to standard total knee components. Total knee replacement has become a common major surgical procedure with more than 600,000 cases being performed annually in the United States. There are two prevailing philosophies regarding designing devices for knee replacement revisions. One philosophy dictates to design the implant system to last as long as possible with no regard for how it will be revised in the event a revision is required, and the second and more broadly held philosophy is to design an implant with the next surgery in mind.
Farm’s senior mechanical engineer, Bob Ketelhohn, assisted ConforMIS with its FEA analysis, which concluded that a six-cut design not only preserves more bone, which may be beneficial should future treatment be required, but also puts less stress on the installed implant. This six-cut configuration is the basis of the iTotal patient-specific tricompartmental knee replacement system, a 2012 Medical Design Excellence Award finalist.
Farm Featured in March Issue of Medical Design Technology (MDT) Magazine
26 March 2012
Farm’s Director and Program Manager, Darrin Manke, is featured in Medical Design Technology magazine’s March 2012 issue in a section titled "Perspectives on Design Challenges". Darrin provides insights on one of the most challenging design obstacles he’s faced in the development of a medical device.
From the MDT feature: “One key obstacle is successfully entering the healthcare market with a disruptive technology. A disruptive technology is a new technology that has the ability to create a new market and may eventually displace earlier technologies and/or methods of performing a task or procedure. This new method or technology must provide real improvements in performance, cost, time, features, clinical outcomes, and be easily adopted by existing users. User adoption is critical, which usually means the technology has to be designed in a way that it can be integrated into current workflow and methods, and not require extensive training. Easy integration means increased adoption and ultimately leads to market penetration.”
Darrin was also featured on MDT online in a section titled “Applying Technology” to discuss how Farm is influencing diagnostic devices.
From the MDT feature: “As a medical development consultancy, we focus on user research to gain insights into ways to improve diagnostic devices. This user-centric approach enables us to optimize system workflow, reduce tasks, increase productivity, and enhance user experience. Conducting early and often formative user testing enables us to zero in on the features and needs that are the most critical to the user. Summative testing conducted later in development phases validates that we have met those needs and ultimately leads to improvements to the device.”
Farm’s Client ZOLL Medical Introduces Propaq MD Monitor Defibrillator
6 March 2012
ZOLL Medical’s Propaq MD was recognized at EMS Today 2012 as a top product at this year’s conference, held in Baltimore Maryland. Farm worked on the development of the Propaq MD, which was designed for military and air medical operations and combines the proven features of Propaq monitors with the capabilities of ZOLL defibrillation and non-invasive pacing technologies. The device is amazingly small and lightweight, weighing only 10 pounds. Capabilities include a large, high-contrast color LCD display, a full 12-lead ECG for on-screen review, and night vision goggle (NVG) mode for military and air medical nighttime operation. Monitoring capabilities include heart rate, SpO2, ETCO2, respiration, non-invasive blood pressure, two temperatures, and three invasive pressures. The device is capable of monitoring all patients, whether adult, pediatric, or neonatal.
The Propaq MD is the only FDA-cleared airworthy defibrillator to provide monitoring of three invasive pressures necessary for treating critical patients during long transports.
TransMedics’ OCS™ HEART Will Star in Grey's Anatomy on November 3
2 November 2011
In the episode titled “Heart-Shaped Box,” “the residents are inspired by a medical miracle when they witness a harvested heart that continues to beat outside the body.” – Official episode description. The plot focuses on the challenges that surgeons face when dealing with transplantation and illustrates how warm blood perfusion may benefit patients awaiting a donor heart. Farm helped develop TransMedics’ Organ Care System, the world's first and only system that allows a living organ transplant. The OCS™ HEART is not commercially available in the U.S. It is undergoing clinical investigation in the PROCEED II trial at leading heart transplantation centers.
The system is commercially available in Europe and Australia and is in clinical use in many leading heart transplantation centers.
Farm’s Client Integra Biosciences’ VIAFLO 96 to Vie for NH Product of the Year
26 October 2011
Farm is thrilled to announce that our former client, Viaflo, now part of Integra Biosciences, is one of five finalists in this year’s 2011 NH Product of the Year Award, sponsored by the New Hampshire High Tech Council.
Integra’s VIAFLO 96, introduced in January, is as easy and effortless to use as any single-channel pipette and can draw or dispense material from 96 pipettes at a time in a variety of configurations. Pipettes, which are employed for life science research, are tiny tubes used by lab workers to draw and release very small, but very precisely measured, amounts of liquid. Four different pipetting heads are available for the VIAFLO 96, which can be interchanged in a matter of seconds, allowing lab workers to perform a wide set of applications with volumes ranging between 0.5µl and 1250µl.
In a recent article featured in the Nashua Telegraph, titled “High-Tech Lab Pipettes Drive Hudson Firm’s Sales,” Farm was credited with much of the design work for the device. The winner of the 2011 NH Product of the Year honors will be decided November 14, 2011. Farm wishes Integra’s VIAFLO 96 the best of luck!
“User Research Improves Laparoscopic Instruments” Wins Award
20 September 2011
Ergonomics in Design (EID) magazine, a publication affiliated with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES), recently honored Farm’s director of research and usability, Beth Loring, and senior industrial designer, Erin Lemieux, with a Best Ergonomics in Design Article Award.
Erin and Beth were honored at the HFES annual meeting in Las Vegas on September 20, 2011, for their collaboration on the article, titled "User Research Improves Laparoscopic Instruments.” A panel of four EID editorial board members and four HFES Fellows remarked how well Loring and Lemieux wrote their article, with a style that was “clear, informative…that noted a good practice of user-centered design.”
The case study discusses the redesign of a laparoscopic instrument handle and takes the reader through the steps of observation, interviews, ranking exercises, data analysis, design requirements, concept development, iterative user testing, and the final design, all in a succinct, practical way that the judges said was “very complete… a textbook-like article”. In the judges’ words, the case study shows “the practical value” of good user-centered practice and design.
Farm Celebrates Its 40th Anniversary
24 August 2011
It all started back in the summer of 1971, when Farm’s founder, Dave Roche, founded The Design Company, a sole proprietorship. Dave spent the next 12 years building a client base that served many New England corporations and eventually led to a partnership with Jack Harkins and the creation of Roche Harkins Design in 1982. In 1992, Mark Baerenrodt joined the firm as an industrial designer, and in 2000 became Jack’s partner after Dave retired. For close to 20 years, Roche Harkins Design developed consumer, medical, and laboratory products, focusing on industrial design services with an emphasis on mechanical engineering and manufacturability. In 2000, Roche Harkins made the strategic decision to focus exclusively on the development of medical devices and instruments. Two years later, the firm chose to leverage the medical focus by changing the name of the company from Roche Harkins Design to Farm Design Inc. Our team decided on the name Farm as a way to create a recognizable and memorable creative services brand, and to reflect the evolution of the company’s culture and the unique flavor of its locale.
Farm is proud to be celebrating 40 years of experience providing complete development services for medical, life sciences, and consumer health companies.
Arctic Front® Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System Wins 2011 R&D 100 Award
15 August 2011
Medtronic has been recognized as a 2011 R&D 100 award winner for the development of the Arctic Front® Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System. The minimally invasive balloon-based system is used to treat patients with abnormal heart rhythms, also referred to as atrial fibrillation. The device creates circumferential lesions around the pulmonary vein—the source of the erratic electrical signals—and freezes the surrounding tissue. Farm assisted in the development of the Arctic Front® Cardiac CryoAblation Catheter System, contributing to the industrial design and human factors of the device.
Securus Medical Group Chooses Farm in the Development of the L-View Probe
1 August 2011
Securus Medical Group, a biomedical technology startup, has chosen Farm to partner with to develop and commercialize its flagship product, the L-View Probe. Securus is developing a technology that provides real-time temperature mapping within a hollow body cavity which is expected to have several clinical applications where the risk of thermal organ damage is high. The technology hopes to provide clinicians with a simple to use, real-time, noncontact, thermal map of body cavity tissue temperature. This information will guide the physician to achieve the desired clinical outcome without risk of injury to surrounding tissue.
Securus, which relocated from Boston to the Global Cardiovascular Center in July, selected Farm to aid in the software, electronics, mechanical packaging, human factors, and industrial design of the new device. Farm’s experience in cardiovascular applications and onsite office at the GCIC will give Securus the full support and guidance necessary to develop the L-View Probe technology, the world’s first temperature mapping system.
Securus has already received a $350,000 grant from Cleveland Clinic’s Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC). And on August 1, JumpStart Inc. and RiverVest Partners announced a co-investment of $750,000 to fund the product development effort.
Farm Featured in Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO) July/August 2011 Issue
29 July 2011
Farm’s director and program manager, Darrin Manke, was interviewed recently for Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO) magazine’s July/August 2011 issue. In the article, titled “Finding the Right Balance,” Darrin describes how Farm’s user-centered design approach increases creativity in uncovering unarticulated user needs while developing medical technologies and devices for clients. Darrin points out the relevance of the FDA’s “Medical Devices – Application of Usability Engineering to Medical Devices” (IEC 62366:2007) and the long-awaited standard ANSI/AAMI HE75:2009, a huge compendium of human factors design guidelines and best practices. The article goes on to highlight how medical device designers must merge aesthetics, performance, and efficacy in today’s medical device industry to remain competitive.
Farm Wins 2011 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award for Work with Hologic
8 June 2011
Farm has been honored with a 2011 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) for work on the Selenia Dimensions tomosynthesis (3D) breast mammography system. Farm worked with Hologic on the industrial design, human factors engineering, and user interface for the Selenia Dimensions system. The first commercially available tool to deliver on the extraordinary promise of breast tomosynthesis, the mammography system provides digital 2D and 3D images of the breast, giving radiologists the ability to identify subtle tissue changes in an effort to revolutionize how breast cancer is detected today. To view the official press release - click here.
Farm and Hologic were honored at the Medical Design Excellence Award presentation ceremony on Wednesday, June 8, 2011, at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center, held in conjunction with the MD&M East Conference and Exposition.
Photo (courtesy of Hologic): Nikos Gkanatsios, Georgia Hitzke, and Ian Shaw from Hologic (left to right) and Darrin Manke, Director and Program Manager at Farm Design, Inc.(far right) accepting the award from Paul Miller, CEO of UBM Canon and UBM Electronics.
Farm Featured in Orthopedic Design & Technology Magazine – May/June 2011
1 June 2011
Farm’s business development manager, Brian McLaughlin, is featured in Orthopedic Design & Technology magazine’s May/June 2011 issue. In the article, titled “Turnkey=Survival,” McLaughlin weighs in on the different implant materials and coatings that manufacturers and suppliers are utilizing to remain competitive in an industry where design for manufacturability is key to survival.
Farm Wins 2011 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) for Work with Hologic
6 April 2011
Farm is pleased to announce that it is a named supplier for a 2011 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) winning product. Farm collaborated with Hologic on the Selenia Dimensions tomosynthesis (3D) system. The Selenia Dimensions system constructs 3D images of the breast, giving radiologists the ability to identify subtle tissue changes that may not be seen with typical 2D mammography. As a result, recalls may be reduced, unnecessary biopsies may be eliminated, and breast cancers may be identified earlier.
Farm is responsible for aiding in the development of the workstation, enhancing the graphical touchscreen interface, and improving ergonomics that include proprietary X-ray exposure controls which greatly eliminate repetitive joint motion and user fatigue.
The MDEA winners will be honored on Wednesday, June 8, in a presentation ceremony at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with the June 7-9, 2011, Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition. Farm will be exhibiting at booth 942.
TransMedics OCSTM LUNG Now Available in Europe
4 April 2011
TransMedics, a client of Farm’s, recently announced that its portable lung perfusion system has been CE marked in Europe. The OCSTM LUNG was developed by TransMedics to address the limitations of current cold static lung preservation methods. The OCSTM LUNG is a portable, warm perfusion and ventilation system with built-in monitoring capabilities for lung transplantation.
Farm worked with TransMedics on the Organ Care System (OCS), which received a 2007 Medical Design Excellence Award. TransMedics will be presenting “Long Term Clinical Value of OCSTM HEART and Initial Clinical Experience with OCSTM LUNG” on April 13 at the Hilton San Diego Bayfront Hotel in San Diego, CA.
Achieve Electrophysiology Mapping Catheter Receives Regulatory Approval
4 March 2011
Medtronic announced on March 4, 2011, that it received European regulatory approval for the Achieve electrophysiology mapping catheter. The Achieve is used for the assessment of pulmonary vein isolation when treating paroxysmal atrial fibrillation. Farm worked with CryoCath on the Arctic Front cryoballoon ablation system, now marketed under Medtronic's CryoCath business unit and used in conjunction with the Achieve Mapping Catheter. Medtronic received FDA approval for the Arctic Front System on Dec 17, 2010. The Achieve Mapping Catheter is deployed through the Arctic Front guidewire lumen, and features eight evenly spaced electrodes on a loop, enabling physicians to map electrical conduction among the left atrium and pulmonary veins. The catheter helps physicians assess pulmonary vein potentials both before and after cryoablation as well as time-to-effect during cryoablation.
Echo Therapeutics’ PreludeTM SkinPrep System Wins 2011 Frost & Sullivan's Award
1 March 2011
On March 1, 2011, Echo Therapeutics announced it had received the 2011 North American Frost & Sullivan Technology Innovation Award in Pharmaceuticals and Biotechnology in recognition of its PreludeTM SkinPrep System breakthrough technology. Farm was responsible for the complete design, systems engineering, and prototyping of the PreludeTM SkinPrep System, including two critical device-to-patient disposables, which are an important part of the overall delivery therapy. Echo Therapeutics is now accelerating the device manufacturing validation and getting ready for commercial launch. Marketing efforts are expected to kick off in the third quarter 2011 pending FDA approval.
Farm Featured in Orthopedic Design & Technology Magazine
3 February 2011
Farm’s Director of Business Development, Marc Dubreuil, was interviewed for Orthopedic Design & Technology magazine’s January/February 2011 issue. In the article, titled “More Tools in the Toolbox,” Marc Dubreuil discusses the importance that medical device manufacturers are placing on human factors and usability in an effort to improve device performance and safety and to reduce errors. Marc candidly talks about Farm’s usability process, Farm’s focus on user interaction, and the importance of user research when working with clients.
Corindus Vascular Robotics Receives FDA IDE Approval for CorPath® 200 System
26 January 2011
Corindus Vascular Robotics announced on January 26, 2011, that it has been granted FDA Investigational Device Exemption (IDE) conditional approval to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of its CorPath® 200 System. Farm was involved in the development effort of the CorPath® 200 System, which allows interventional cardiologists to perform robotic-assisted placements of coronary guidewires and stent/balloon catheters from a cockpit during percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) procedures. PCI is performed by interventional cardiologists in a catheterization laboratory (cath lab) utilizing X-ray angiography imaging.
Essentially, the CorPath® 200 System is an ergonomically optimized cockpit designed to protect interventional cardiologists from radiation exposure while enhancing visualization and minimizing fatigue. The IDE approval will allow Corindus to evaluate the safety and effectiveness of its CorPath® 200 System and begin its pivotal trial, CorPath PRECISE (Percutaneous Robotic-Enhanced Coronary Intervention Study), which will closely monitor the radiation exposure of interventional cardiologists while using the CorPath technology and compare the findings to the radiation exposure experienced while performing the procedure at the table. The trial is a prospective, single-arm, multi-center study, which will initially enroll 154 patients.
The CorPath PRECISE trial will be conducted at leading medical centers across the United States, including Columbia University, St. Elizabeth’s Medical Center, Virginia Commonwealth University Medical Center, and St. Joseph’s Hospital Health Center.
IDEV Technologies Receives FDA 510(k) Clearance for the SUPERA VERITAS
3 November 2010
On November 3, 2010, IDEV Technologies, a leader in the development of medical technologies for endovascular and interventional applications and a client of Farm’s, announced U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) 510(k) clearance to market the SUPERA VERITAS Transhepatic Biliary System. The SUPERA VERITAS delivery system is currently cleared in the U.S. for palliative treatment of biliary strictures produced by malignant neoplasms and is used to deploy the SUPERA® wire interwoven nitinol stent. The SUPERA VERITAS delivery system provides easier deployment of the SUPERA® stent compared to earlier systems, eliminating multiple steps previously required for preparation and delivery, giving operators more precision. Commercial availability of the SUPERA VERITAS Transhepatic Biliary System is planned for the first quarter of 2011.
Farm’s Move to Cleveland Clinic’s GCIC Facility Featured in Fresh Water
28 October 2010
In a recent interview by Fresh Water magazine, Farm’s Director of Business Development, Marc Dubreuil, and Tom Sudow, Director of Business Development at the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC), talked about Farm’s new office at Cleveland Clinic’s GCIC facility. Fresh Water, a weekly e-magazine and website, reports on Northeast Ohio organizations and neighborhood developments with a focus on technology, innovation, and entrepreneurship.
Echo Therapeutics’ Prelude SkinPrep System Successfully Completes Clinical Trial
25 August 2010
Echo Therapeutics, a client of Farm’s, recently announced the completion of a clinical trial of its Prelude SkinPrep System, which Farm helped develop. The device allows clinicians to permeate the outermost protective layer of the skin, offering patients a safe, painless, and needle-free alternative to traditional drug delivery therapies and non-invasive glucose monitoring.
The clinical study evaluated the ability of Prelude to ablate the skin prior to the application of OTC 4% lidocaine cream for faster-acting, local dermal anesthesia. As a result of the successful clinical trial, a 510(k) premarket notification to the FDA is expected and additional applications for painless, needle-free delivery of medications and blood glucose monitoring are planned for the future.
Farm Opens New Office Location in Cleveland Clinic’s GCIC Incubator
2 August 2010
Farm is pleased to announce that it has been invited by the Global Cardiovascular Innovation Center (GCIC), led by Cleveland Clinic, to open an office in the new GCIC Incubator Facility, located in the Cleveland Health-Tech Corridor, one of the leading biomedical, healthcare, and technology regions in the nation.
The GCIS Incubator Facility is a $250M, 65,000-square-foot building strategically located on the southern edge of Cleveland Clinic’s main campus and near the main campuses of Case Western Reserve University and University Hospitals. Companies with offices in GCIC have access to researchers, physicians, laboratories, business services, and the full breadth and success of the Cleveland Clinic to support startup technologies and ventures in cardiovascular applications.
Farm’s onsite office will give GCIC’s startup companies the ability to access Farm’s full development support and guidance in the areas of user research, human factors engineering, user interface design, industrial design, systems engineering (mechanical, electrical, software), usability testing, pilot production support, and regulatory compliance. Farm’s expertise will help these new companies develop solutions to commercialize innovative medical products and technologies. Read the featured article on MedCity News.
Farm honored with a 2010 R&D 100 Award…
8 July 2010
Farm and MAKO Surgical have been chosen by an independent judging panel and the editors of R&D Magazine to receive a 2010 R&D 100 Award for the Rio® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. The award recognizes the hundred most technologically significant products introduced in the past year. Since 1963, the R&D 100 Awards have identified revolutionary technologies newly introduced to market, many of which have become household names, helping to shape everyday life for many Americans. The 2010 R&D 100 Award winners will be recognized at the R&D 100 Awards Banquet, which will be held at the Renaissance Orlando Hotel at SeaWorld in Florida on Thursday, November 11, 2010.
Medical Design Technology magazine interviews Farm at MD&M-East
8 June 2010
Medical Design Technology magazine stopped by Farm’s booth at MD&M East and interviewed Marc Dubreuil, Director of Business Development at Farm, to learn about the collaboration between Farm and MAKO Surgical Corp. on the design of the RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. The video also features Paul Abrams, MAKOplasty Specialist, explaining how the surgeon uses the device and Brian Schmitz, Director of Platform Development at MAKO Surgical Corp., discussing the reasons Farm was selected and highlighting the end result.
Farm honored with a Gold Medical Design Excellence Award...
9 June 2010
Farm has been honored with a 2010 Gold Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) for work on the Rio® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. This revolutionary device, marketed by MAKO Surgical Corp., assists surgeons during minimally invasive knee resurfacing operations.
Farm’s collaboration with MAKO Surgical Corp. brings true product innovation to the hands of surgeons by introducing a proprietary, interactive robotic surgical system that helps treat people living with early to mid-stage osteoarthritis of the knee.
Farm’s human factors expertise helped create an ergonomic design solution that enables the surgeons to have complete freedom of movement of the robotic arm, providing seamless interaction and manipulation during replacement procedures while also accommodating the size variations of users and patients.
On Wednesday, June 9, 2010 the 2010 MDEA winners were honored in a presentation ceremony at New York City's Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. The ceremony is being held in conjunction with the June 8-10, 2010 Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition. Please check out Farm's photos from MD&M-East.
Farm featured in Ergonomics in Design magazine
12 May 2010
A case study was recently published in Ergonomics in Design magazine - a publication affiliated with the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society - titled, "User Research Improves Laparoscopic Instruments," co-written by Farm's Director of Research & Usability, Beth Loring, and Industrial Designer, Erin Lemieux.
The case study features a development project that Farm worked on for Cardinal Health's Diamond Line of laparoscopic instruments. The case study discusses how Farm's multi-disciplinary team conducted human factors and user research to design a new handle with improved ergonomics, resulting in improved comfort and usability by utilizing a user-centered development process. Read the case study...
Farm Obtains ISO 13485 Certification...
11 May 2010
Farm is pleased to offer our Quality Management System (QMS) as an added value to our clients. May 11, 2010 Farm received ISO 13485:2003 certification by the certifying body, TUV, specific to activities for the development of medical products. Farm also maintains compliance to FDA Quality System Regulation of Section 21 of the Code of Federal Regulations Part 820. Farm's goal is a development process that can meet the unique requirements of our diverse clients. Learn more about Farm's Regulatory Compliance services.
Cook Launches Femoral Access Option for NavAlign IVC Filter Delivery System
19 March 2010
Cook Medical launched the NavAlign Inferior Vena Cava (IVC) Filter Placement System with a femoral access option this week at the annual scientific meeting of the Society of Interventional Radiology in Tampa Bay, Florida. The femoral access option complements the already available jugular access version. Check out the press release…
Update: Hollis Helps Haiti Relief Effort
5 March 2010
Farm, in conjunction with HollisHelpsHaiti.org, would like to thank everyone who stopped in to donate items and supplies for the victims of the earthquakes that devastated Haiti. HollisHelpsHaiti.org and friends worked together to support the ongoing efforts of the Haitian Community Center of New Hampshire to help the victims in Haiti who are in dire need. All donated items were packed on Tuesday, March 2 at Anheuser-Busch in Merrimack, NH. The relief effort was a complete success!
A 53-foot truck (5,000 cubic feet of space) was packed full and driven to Florida, where it will be shipped to Haiti to assist in the relief effort.
Farm employees donated money, as well as goods, which was used to purchase the following items:
10 packages of toilet paper
10 boxes of Cheerios
10 boxes of oatmeal
14 bags of rice (50lbs each)
5 cooker/steamer pots
2 boxes of diapers
4 boxes of baby wipes
9 canisters of baby formula
Various packages/boxes of feminine hygiene products
2 rolls of black parachute cord (1,000 feet each)
St. Mary's Bank is still accepting cash donations. Thanks again for making this effort a complete success!
MAKO Launches Lateral Unicompartmental Knee Resurfacing Application
15 January 2010
MAKO Surgical Corp., a client of Farm, has announced the commercial availability of the Lateral Unicompartmental Knee Resurfacing Application for its RIO® Robotic Arm Interactive Orthopedic System. The new application complements MAKO's existing unicompartmental and bicompartmental knee applications. The MAKO robotic arm system is the first FDA-cleared device of its kind. It is a less invasive partial knee resurfacing procedure that spares healthy bone and tissue, preserves ligaments, and allows for a more rapid recovery and a more natural-feeling knee. Click Click here to read the press release.
Cook Medical unveils NavAlign IVC filter delivery system at TCT2009
20 November 2009
Farm had the opportunity to partner with Cook Medical on the NavAlign IVC filter delivery system and is excited to learn it's being unveiled at TCT2009. To learn about the NavAlign IVC filter delivery system visit the "Our Work" section. Read the article as seen on medGadget.
NHHTC - NH Product of the Year Finalist...
17 November 2009
The annual New Hampshire High Technology Council (NHHTC) NH Product of the Year Awards was held Tuesday night, November 17, at the Radisson Hotel in Manchester, NH.
Farm & Viaflo jointly submitted the VOYAGER® Electronic Adjustable Spacing Pipettor for consideration and were chosen as one of four finalists to compete for the title of NH's 2009 Product of the Year.
Farm and Viaflo attended the awards event where the finalists were given the opportunity to showcase their product & explain its significance in a seven-minute presentation to a large audience including Governor John Lynch.
On behalf of Viaflo & Farm, Viaflo's Larry Keene (vice president of sales), accepted the Judge's Award and a Gubernatorial Citation from Governor John Lynch for the VOYAGER ® Electronic Adjustable Spacing Pipettor.
The NHHTC's Product of the Year competition celebrates innovation at its peak in great achievements in product design and development in the Granite State.
Farm Exhibits at World Usability Day...
12 November 2009
What is World Usability Day (WUD)? Founded in 2005, World Usability Day is an initiative of the Usability Professionals' Association (UPA) to ensure that products and services important to human life are easier to access and simpler to use. It's about making our world work better, and making life easy and user friendly. Each year, over 200 events are organized in more than 43 countries around the globe to increase awareness and train professionals in the tools and issues central to quality usability research, development and practice.
On Thursday, November 12, 2009 Farm participated in WUD's 5-year anniversary event titled, "Designing for a Sustainable World". The event took place in Boston beginning at South Station and ending at MIT's Stata Center.
Farm's exhibit focused on medical product development. Farm designers and engineers created an exhibit that demonstrated how design research informs not only usability, but sustainability as well. Farm used case study examples from Aircast and Cooper Surgical and applied product life-cycle thinking to show opportunities where the goals of usability, manufacturing, and reduced environmental impact align. This has not only helped visitors understand the environmental impacts of medical products over the course of their life-cycle, but has also emphasized that "green" products are more than just a trend; they create real benefits for both users and manufacturers.
The event was a thought-provoking success! Many of the visitors had never thought about the sustainability of medical products before. As part of the day's activities, Farm gathered responses from visitors and gained insights about what elements of sustainability are meaningful to consumers of medical and home healthcare products.
Check out Flickr to see photos from the event!