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DS Attends the Drug/Device Combination Products Summit 2018

From December 3rd to 4th, our German employee, David Grosse-Wentrup, joined the Drug/Device Combination Products Summit in Berlin, Germany.

Drug and device combination products present new opportunities in drug delivery. Yet, the domain is heavily regulated. Unique challenges stand in the way of effective design control, risk management, and human factors.

To better navigate this complex terrain, David and numerous experts from the field of combination products connected in Berlin. Their discussions addressed the latest trends and developments. David shared his expertise about how usability engineering contributes to successful products and efficient approval processes. He also had a chance to broaden his understanding of drugs and devices beyond human factors.

The topics discussed at the convention ranged from regulations—including the implications of MDR Article 117 and the varying regulatory pathways for different types of drug/device combination products—to risk management and the integration of design control and human factors.

The most valuable aspect of the summit was the relatively small setting, which allowed for an extensive exchange among the expert participants. David’s already looking forward to next year’s summit in Vienna.

EPIC 2018: An Exploration in Advancing Ethnographic Methods

In October of 2018, Design Science presented at EPIC, the Ethnographic Praxis in Industry Conference. It’s the foremost organization representing qualitative researchers across healthcare, technology, and design. From around the globe, participants came together in Honolulu to discuss this year’s theme: evidence. Read more

Thanks for Stopping By: A Review of HFES 2018

The first week of October, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) International Annual Meeting came to our hometown of Philadelphia! This conference included presentations and events from a variety of human factors domains, such as surface transportation, aviation, and, of course, healthcare. Read more

Design Science Attends 4th Annual Human Factors Excellence for Medical Device Design Conference

At the beginning of August, Design Science attended the 4th Annual Human Factors Excellence for Medical Device Design Conference in Minneapolis. Every year this conference attracts human factors and usability practitioners from around the world—ranging from global medical device and pharmaceutical companies to independent human factors engineering firms. Read more

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Design Science Attends HFES Annual Meeting

From October 9-13 more than 1,300 people from around the world gathered in Austin, Texas, to attend the 2017 Annual Meeting for the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES). Read more

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Human Factors Excellence for Medical Device Design Crossword

If you are attending the 3rd Annual Human Factors Excellence for Medical Device Design conference and picked up one of our crossword puzzles, you’re in the right place!

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DS Attends 2017 International Symposium on Human Factors and Ergonomics in Health Care

Take me back to the Big Easy! We had a great time in NOLA at the HFES conference March 5-8, 2017. We saw some excellent presentations and enjoyed delicious New Orleans cuisine. If you missed our poster Using Data-Driven Research Techniques to Define Better Product Requirements, you can download our HFES poster here. Read more

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DS Attends HIMSS 2017

The HIMSS 2017 conference is “the year’s largest and most important healthcare IT conference in the United States” and brings together executives, clinicians, IT professionals, and more for a week of networking, knowledge-sharing, and forward-thinking. Read more

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Steve Wilcox to Participate in 32nd MD&M West Conference

On February 7-9th, 2017, Principal Steve Wilcox will attend and participate in the 32nd Annual MD&M West Conference, held at the Anaheim Convention Center in Anaheim, CA. This conference is the largest in North America for product development industry professionals. Read more

Design Department Attends First Annual SciViz Conference

This month, Design Department team members watched the sun rise over the New York City skyline while traveling to attend the first annual SciViz Conference. This day-long symposium on data visualization and other intersections of science and art showcased the great diversity and nuance of work in this field—and effectively turned the notion of science visualization as a clear-cut, linear process of data input to infographic output on its head. Our two Design Researchers, Christina Stefan and Yeri Kim, and our Design Intern, Audrey Blanchard, attended. Read more