SANTA MONICA, Calif.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA), a prestigious award program recognizing cutting-edge achievements in medical product design, today announced the 2021 winners during the all-new Medtech Design Summit, during which Novo; Protolabs; HS Design, a SteriPack company; and Trelleborg sponsored sessions and Bressler Group, Inertia Engineering, and WeADD LDA sponsored Tech Talks.

Since 1998, the MDEA program, organized by Informa Markets – Engineering, has celebrated the industry’s foremost manufacturers designing and engineering groundbreaking medical devices that are changing patient care worldwide. This year’s competition awarded bronze, silver, and gold awards in 11 medtech product categories, and two standout entries were honored with Best in Show and MD+DI Readers’ Choice awards.

“The MDEA program is unique in that jurors take every element of the design and engineering process into consideration while also considering benefits to overall healthcare, thus celebrating the companies that are directly facilitating the transformation of patient care delivery,” said Daphne Allen, Editor-in-Chief, MD+DI. “We are proud to applaud the standout companies that exemplify the best in innovation and are driving continued modernization in the highly complex and rapidly evolving health system. Congratulations to each of the 2021 winners.”

Judging of the entries is conducted by an impartial panel of jurors—comprising clinicians, engineers, and designers—who carefully review all submissions and narrow the field to a select group of exceptional products in each category. Jurors include:

  • Stacie Depner, Director of Engineering, Hydrafacial
  • Paul J. Fearis, Senior Lecturing Fellow, Dept of Biomedical Engineering, Duke University
  • Jennifer Joe, MD, Principal, Vanguard Health
  • Jennifer McCaney, Ph.D., Executive Director, UCLA Biodesign
  • Ramya Palacholla, MD, MPH, Assistant Professor, Tufts School of Medicine
  • Mary Kay Smith, Director, Michigan State University Learning & Assessment Center
  • Nigel Syrotuck, Mechanical Engineer Product Design, Starfish Medical
  • Kelly Umstead, Asst Professor of Industrial Design, NC State University
  • Mark Wehde, Chair, Mayo Clinic Division of Engineering
  • Stephanie Whalen, Product Design Manager
  • Michael E. Wiklund, General Manager of Human Factors Engineering, UL
  • Stavros Zanos, MD, Ph.D., Feinstein Institute for Medical Research

Winners across product categories are:

Cardiovascular Devices, a category that includes devices and equipment used to diagnose or treat heart and circulatory system conditions.

  • Bronze:

    XO Score Angioplasty Scoring & Cutting Sheath
    Manufacturer: Transit Scientific
  • Silver:

    SentiAR CommandEP System
    Manufacturer: SentiAR Inc.

    Supply and Design Credits: HS Design Inc.
  • Gold:

    LINQ II Insertable Cardiac Monitoring (ICM) System

    Manufacturer: Medtronic

Digital Health Products and Mobile Medical Apps are devices or applications that use digital technologies to monitor patients, deliver healthcare, or make medicine more personalized. They may incorporate either artificial intelligence or algorithms to help treat or monitor a patient’s condition.

  • Bronze:

    CareLink SmartSync Device Manager
    Manufacturer: Medtronic
  • Silver:
    Manufacturer: Theranica
  • Gold:

    Manufacturer: Glytec

Drug-Delivery and Combination Products category includes pre-filled syringes, misting devices, dry powder inhalers, patches, pouches, or combination implants with biologic agents.

  • Bronze:

    Manufacturer: Hovione Technology

    Supply and Design Credits: WeADD, LDA
  • Silver:

    Manufacturer: Abithas Inc.
  • Gold:

    Manufacturer: HS Design

    Supply and Design Credits: Rochling Medical

ER and OR Tools, Equipment, and Supplies category include critical care, general surgery, plastic surgery, and anesthesiology products.

  • Bronze:
    Da Vinci SP
    Manufacturer: Intuitive
  • Silver:
    RESPOND 19 Ventilator
    Manufacturer: CorVent Medical Inc.
  • Gold:
    Trachealator Non-occlusive Airway Dilation Balloon
    Manufacturer: DISA Medinotec (Pty) Ltd.

Gastrointestinal and Genitourinary Devices category includes devices and equipment such as gastrological, urological, gynecological, and obstetric devices.

  • Bronze:

    Endoluxe Vision System
    Manufacturer: Endoluxe Inc.

    Supply and Design Credits: HS Design
  • Silver:

    Lumenis Pulse 120H MOSES 2.0
    Manufacturer: Lumenis
  • Gold:

    The Insides System
    Manufacturer: The Insides Company

Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products category includes cochlear, corneal, orthopedic, neurological, and tissue implants and instruments.

  • Bronze:

    Longeviti ClearFit Implant
    Manufacturer: Longeviti Neuro Solutions
  • Silver:
    Hydrus Microstent
    Manufacturer: Ivantis Inc.
  • Gold:
    Nalu micro-implantable pulse generator
    Manufacturer: Nalu Medical Inc.

Nonsurgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment category includes general medical equipment and supplies used in hospitals and doctor’s offices, such as stethoscopes, blood lancets, medical carts, ventilators, hospital beds, blood pressure monitors, etc.

  • Bronze:
    Molekule Air Pro RX
    Manufacturer: Molekule
  • Silver:
    Manufacturer: BRYGGS Medical
  • Gold:
    ZIBRIO Pro Scale
    Manufacturer: ZIBRIO Inc.

    Supply and Design Credits: Pivot International

Over-the-Counter and Self-Care Products category includes a wide assortment of treatments available to patients without a prescription or that allow patients to monitor, treat, or help prevent a health condition without assistance from a clinician or other healthcare professional.

  • Bronze:
    Knightsbridge Dual Band chin strap
    Manufacturer: Knightsbridge Sleep Solutions
  • Silver:
    Quantum IF Duty Cycle Interferential Current Stimulator
    Manufacturer: Therasigma, LLC
  • Gold:
    Manufacturer: Dentulu Inc

Radiological, Imaging, and Electromechanical Devices category includes products that use medical radiation, imaging, or an electromechanically powered system to diagnose or treat diseases.

  • Bronze (jurors selected two Bronze Winners in this category:)


    Manufacturer: Intuitive

    Trident HD Specimen Radiography System

    Manufacturer: Hologic Inc.

    Supply and Design Credits: HS Design
  • Silver (jurors selected two Bronze Winners in this category):

    Digital Duet

    Manufacturer: Lumenis

    NIO Laser Imaging System

    Manufacturer: Invenio Imaging, Inc.
  • Gold:

    Swoop Portable MR Imaging

    Manufacturer: Hyperfine

Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products category includes products such as wheelchairs, walkers, crutches, hearing aids, prosthetic devices, etc.

  • Bronze:

    OrCam MyEye
    Manufacturer: OrCam Technologies
  • Silver:
    Coapt Complete Control System Gen2
    Manufacturer: Coapt LLC
  • Gold:

    REAL Immersive System
    Manufacturer: Penumbra

Testing and Diagnostic Products and Systems category includes products that fall into the FDA categories of chemistry, hematology, immunology, microbiology, pathology, and toxicology.

  • Bronze:

    Sight OLO
    Manufacturer: Sight Diagnostics
  • Silver:
    Manufacturer: MediPines Corporation
  • Gold:
    Paige Prostate
    Manufacturer: Paige

The 2021 MDEA Best-in-Show winner is:

  • LINQ II Insertable Cardiac Monitoring (ICM) System

    Manufacturer: Medtronic

The MD+DI Readers’ Choice Winner is:

  • CareLink SmartSync Device Manager
    Manufacturer: Medtronic

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