How do I know who to work with for my medical device?
Choosing a vendor to work on your medical device should always be a methodical process. Each person you work with could make or break your invention. We get it, we work with a lot of partners and vendors and go through the same careful decision-making process for who is best to handle our IP. You don’t survive 65 years in business without having some expertise in choosing the right companies to partner with. So we wanted to share our knowledge of what we’ve learned over the decades that has proven to be a sure-fire way to make our company more successful. Choosing the right vendor could be the key to your next successful product launch.
Understand Medical Device Technical Expertise
This may seem like a no-brainer, but you need a vendor who has the technical expertise to execute on what you are asking them to accomplish. If you’re developing a medical device, choose someone who has done it before. The best indicator of future success is past performance. Ask for case studies and examples of how your vendor has successfully been a part of a medical device invention and launch. Even better if they have developed similar devices to what you are working on. If you’re developing a cutting edge technology, you should be working with partners who have been on that same path with pushing the boundaries of what’s possible.
Choose Vendors with Connections
They say that you are the average of the five people you spend the most time with. We believe the same thing when it comes to vendors you work with on your medical device design. You are the expert in what you are developing and you need to surround yourself with similarly leveled experts in their respective fields. Don’t settle when it comes to medical device development vendors, choose the ones who are the best in the industry and the most well connected. During the development process, if you run into a situation where you need to bring in another expert, if you’re working with a good vendor, chances are they will know exactly who to talk to.
Your Vendor Should Have Street Cred
Of course every vendor you talk to is going to try to sell you on what they do and claim they do it the best of anyone. What better way to let them prove their claims than by talking to other medical device inventors they’ve worked with. Ask around, listen to what their other customers are saying. If you’re curious to see some of the medical devices we’ve worked on, we have plenty of examples from NICU cameras to Covid solutions to safety shields. We challenge you to reach out to our customers if you’re considering working with us. We’re confident you’ll like what you hear.
They Should Be Easy (and fun!) to Work With
This is where you tap into your gut sense. At the end of the day, we should all be having fun in our jobs and that joy should translate into every project we work on. Working with a vendor who doesn’t share your passion for your medical device will be a killjoy. Do you look forward to your calls with the vendors you are working with? Do you feel like they are on your team? Are they working with you, not against you? It’s important to build your partnerships with vendors who will be your problem solvers, not your naysayers. And heck, you better be having fun with it! Otherwise what’s it all for?
Working on a medical device design? We are here for a no-pressure phone call. We’d love to hear more about what you are working on and give you ideas and prototypes to improve your decision-making process. Give us a call, we promise it will be worth your while.