Product Development: Thinking Outside The “Collector Volume” (Box)

The bipolar transistor was created in 1947 and has essentially stayed the same in its basic concept for about 62 years.  It consists of  a sandwich of two similarly doped silicon volumes ( P or N ) or the "base" and "emitter" separated by a "collector" volume that has the opposite doping ( N or … Continue reading Product Development: Thinking Outside The “Collector Volume” (Box)

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New HULC Has Potential Medical Applications

Military applications of technology often accelerate the development of technologies for civilian use.  The HULC by Lockheed is a good example of technology that could be translated to help people with weak muscle response such as those with Lou Gehrig disease, etc.  This marketing copy provides a good description. "The HULC is a completely un-tethered, … Continue reading New HULC Has Potential Medical Applications

What Is The Most Important Type Of Question An Engineer Can Ask A Customer? Part II

Customer visits by a product development engineer are relatively rare events and as such need to be carefully planned.  To get the most out of them the engineer needs to understand some basic in the dynamics of interviewing for information. As discussed in Part I few engineers know how to gather actionable information from customers … Continue reading What Is The Most Important Type Of Question An Engineer Can Ask A Customer? Part II

Review of FDA Regulatory Trends in 2009

I was reading through some FDA literature on the web when I came across this excellent review of how to prepare for a FDA regulatory review and some expected enforcement trends for 2009  and beyond.  The presentation is available at no cost with a recording, transcript and slideshow in its entirety from Joseph M Pickett … Continue reading Review of FDA Regulatory Trends in 2009

Market Research: How Genetic Testing Will Be Integrated Into Clinical Practice by 2014

Medical educators have been grappling with what to teach future M.D.'s about using genetics in medicine and in so doing have attempted to paint a broad brush prediction about how genetics will likely be integrated into medical practice in the next 5 years or more.  These particular predictions are found in  "Report VI - Contemporary … Continue reading Market Research: How Genetic Testing Will Be Integrated Into Clinical Practice by 2014