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33 Innovative Products Win Medical Design Excellence Awards
Winners to receive gold or silver recognition in ceremony at MD&M East trade show

Los Angeles, CA (April 7, 2008) – In its April issue, published this week, MD&DI (Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry) magazine has announced the winners of the eleventh annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition.

Sponsored by MD&DI and organized by Canon Communications LLC, MDEA is the premier awards program for the medical technology community. It recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. MDEA-winning entries excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering achievement, end-user benefit, and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing and healthcare delivery.

A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine, and diagnostics. The 2008 jury selected 33 winners in 10 medical product categories.

2008 MDEA-winning products (and manufacturers) by category

Critical-care and emergency medicine products

  • HemCon bandage (HemCon Medical Technologies Inc.)
  • NetGuard wireless electrocardiograph system (Datascope Corp.)

Dental instruments, equipment, and supplies

  • E4D Dentist system (D4D Technologies LLC)
  • The Single Tooth Anesthesia (STA) system (Milestone Scientific)

Finished packaging

  • Veramyst and Avamys (Fluticasone Furoate) nasal spray delivery device (GlaxoSmithKline R&D)

General hospital devices and therapeutic products

  • InTouch critical-care hospital bed (Stryker Medical)
  • Panda iRes and Giraffe infant warmers (GE Healthcare)
  • PowrSyringe injector (Pinyons Medical Technology Inc.)
  • Tono-Pen Avia applanation tonometer (Reichert Inc.)
  • TotalCare Bariatric Plus therapy system (Hill-Rom)

Implant and tissue-replacement products

  • Akreos AO microincision lens, model MI60 (Bausch & Lomb)
  • Peak Fx hip plate (DePuy, a Johnson and Johnson Co.)

In vitro diagnostics

  • Tube Rotator (Labnet)

Over-the-counter and self-care products

  • Gee Whiz male external condom catheter (Leading Edge Innovations Inc.)
  • Healthy Living ThinLine deluxe flat screen bood pressure monitor, model BSD-3007 (Health & Life)
  • Natural Nurser Baby Bottle (Adiri Inc.)
  • NovoFine Autocover automatic safety pen needle (Novo Nordisk A/S, Denmark)
  • Uresta continence care kit (EastMed Inc.)

Radiological and electromechanical devices

  • Acuson P10 handheld diagnostic ultrasound unit (Siemens Medical Solutions)
  • Microdose mammography system (Sectra Mamea AB)
  • Nuance full-field digital mammography unit (Planmed Oy)
  • QuickLink loader (C. R. Bard, Bard Urological Division)
  • xCAT computed tomography scanner (Xoran Technologies Inc.)
  • XDS extravasation detector (Medrad Inc.)

Rehabilitation and assistive-technology products

  • Fuze T50 Manual Tilt-in-Space wheelchair (PDG Product Design Group)
  • Genesis DM telehealth device (Honeywell HomMed)
  • The Hand Mentor Pro rehabilitation system (Kinetic Muscles Inc.)
  • Plié microprocessor-controlled knee (Freedom Innovations)
  • REMstar Auto M Series continuous positive airway pressure system (Respironics Inc.)

Surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies

  • Amaris excimer laser (Schwind Eye-Tech-Solutions GmbH & Co. KG)
  • InteguSeal microbial sealant (Kimberly-Clark Health Care)
  • Patient Registration Mask (Stryker Leibinger GmbH & Co. KG)
  • RealHand high-dexterity instruments (Novare Surgical Systems Inc.)

Winning products will receive gold or silver recognition at a ceremony held June 4 during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East 2008 Conference and Exposition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.

The MDEA program is presented by Canon Communications with corporate sponsorship provided by major industry suppliers Avail Medical Products Inc., Dymax Corp., The MedTech Group Inc., Millipore, Sebra, Sparta Systems, and Value Plastics Inc.

For more information about the Medical Design Excellence Awards—including additional details about the manufacturers and suppliers that created the 2008 MDEA-winning products—visit the MDEA Web site at or e-mail:


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