Small population medical device manufacturing challenges

Arthur G. Erdman, Randy Schiestl, Dawn Bardot

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We have a shared responsibility to provide medical solutions, therapies, and devices to improve the lives of underserved patients worldwide. Novel design and manufacturing technologies as well as new sales and distribution tools create opportunities for the medical device ecosystem to innovate therapies and products. Further, lessons learned from high-volume manufacturing and the agility needed for low-volume manufacturing can be leveraged to deliver highly efficient health care for patients worldwide. Public-private partnerships in this field present a proven model for creating a platform for collaboration, innovative approaches, and solutions. These collaborations will drive constructive discussions, pilot projects, and a broadened awareness of the opportunities for emerging health-care solutions.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Title of host publicationEngineering in Medicine
Subtitle of host publicationAdvances and Challenges
Number of pages12
ISBN (Electronic)9780128130681
ISBN (Print)9780128135143
StatePublished - Jan 1 2018

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  • Additive manufacturing
  • Computer modeling
  • Medical device development
  • Orphan populations
  • Patient-specific medical devices
  • Public-private partnership


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