Learn 9 Steps to Medical Device Innovation
  2: Problem Definition 3: Concept & Feasibility 4: Detailed Design
Identifying and articulating the right problem to solve - preferably an unmet clinical need -is the most critical step in MDI.

1. State the problem clearly; avoid general or vague statements.

2.The statement must not point to specific solutions (that prevent creativity).

3. List the functional requirements so as to enable comparing alternative solutions.

4. List any other constraints in terms of size, weight, operating environment, cost, etc.

5. Mention target improvements over existing solutions, if any.

Generate multiple ideas first, evaluate them later. Overcome any mental blocks using diverging-converging approach.

1. Create new ideas with ease, using techniques like Bionics and TRIZ.

2. Select the best concept by comparing against functional requirements.

3. Sketch, 3D model, visualize and animate the concept for a preliminary check.

4. Fabricate a rapid prototype to check its form, function and feasibility.

5. This is a good stage to file a patent (you will have a full year to modify).

God (or devil) is in details. Work out the mechanism, enclosure, power source, user interface and other key elements of design.

1. Create a 3D CAD model of core mechanism of the device.

2. Decide the specs of any electronics or software components.

3. Visualize how different parts of the device will work together.

4. Select the materials or specifications of different parts.

5. Get an early feedback from clinicians about the working mechanism.