Program Overview

The MDEA competition is the premier awards program for the medical technology community, recognizing the many people behind the scenes, the engineers, scientists, and designers, who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare.

The program is open worldwide to companies and individuals involved in the design, engineering, manufacture, or distribution of finished medical devices or medical packaging. Awards are offered in each of the following 10 categories, and may be offered in additional subcategories as determined by the jurors.

  • Critical-care and emergency medicine products
  • Dental instruments, equipment, and supplies
  • Finished packaging
  • General hospital devices and therapeutic products
  • Implant and tissue-replacement products
  • In vitro diagnostics (biochemicals for diagnostic use, related instrumentation, and home-use devices)
  • Over-the-counter self-care products
  • Radiological and electromechanical devices (diagnostic imaging devices, energy-emitting therapy devices)
  • Rehabilitation and assistive-technology products (healthcare furnishings, patient-transfer equipment, and home-use medical equipment and supplies)
  • Surgical equipment, instruments, and supplies

The awards program is a prestigious, publicity charged event. If you don't find the information you are looking for on this site please contact the MDEA Committee at (310) 445-4200 or e-mail

The 2005 Medical Design Excellence Awards are supported by the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, an interdisciplinary organization of professionals involved in the human factors field.


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