Two Ohio groups team up to accelerate development of future medical devices

Tim Magaw
CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS

Published: April 22, 2014 9:55 am ET
Updated: April 22, 2014 2:52 pm ET

Image By: Nottingham Spirk Nottingham Spirk helped develop this blood analyzing work station. Its new partnership with Austen BioInnovation will help it bring more medical devices to the market.

Related to this story

Topics Public Policy, Medical

The Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron and Cleveland-based design specialists Nottingham Spirk announced a strategic partnership that the two organizations say will accelerate the rate of commercialization of biomedical devices and products.

As part of the arrangement, ABIA will provide its team of medical device, regulatory and biomaterials experts to help test the usability of Nottingham Spirk-designed products, and to help guide those products through the complex federal approval process.

“I see a great potential for synergy between our two organizations, leveraging our individual capabilities to ultimately create great products that make a substantial impact on patient care and its delivery,” said John Spirk, co-founder of Nottingham Spirk, in a news release. “Together, we can enhance business competitiveness, quality, cost-effectiveness, and productivity, while expanding offerings to new markets.”

Nottingham Spirk has worked on a series of medical device projects, ranging from large scale radiation therapy machines to bedside urine collection systems.

ABIA recently announced a new strategy centered on offering its services medical device and advance materials companies, health care systems, companies interested in entering medical markets, individual inventors and entrepreneurs, as well as colleges and universities.

In addition, two of ABIA’s founding members — Akron General Health System and Northeast Ohio Medical University — recently pulled out of the partnership but said they would continue to work on individual projects on a fee-for-service basis. The University of Akron, Summa Health System and Akron Children’s Hospital remain heavy funders.

The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation fueled the launch of the institute with a seven-year, $20 million grant in 2008, but that funding expires this year. The organization is in discussions with the foundation about future support.

Stephen Fening and Rob Ngungu of the Austen BioInnovation Institute in Akron will cover medical device development acceleration as part of their panel discussion at Plastics in Medical Devices, coming up May 6-8 at the Cleveland Convention Center in Cleveland. Register now at www.plasticsnews.com/pmd2014


Comments

Two Ohio groups team up to accelerate development of future medical devices

Tim Magaw
CRAIN'S CLEVELAND BUSINESS

Published: April 22, 2014 9:55 am ET
Updated: April 22, 2014 2:52 pm ET

Post Your Comments


Back to story


More stories

Image

Residents ask court to close pipe maker

November 21, 2014 3:22 pm ET

Residents living by National Pipe & Plastics Inc.'s new factory in an industrial zone of Endicott, N.Y., say the facility has “devastated the...    More

Image

Ineos making its UK shale play

November 21, 2014 9:29 am ET

Chemical giant Ineos Group AG is planning to be the biggest player in the United Kingdom's shale gas industry.    More

UK court hearing case of rotomolding worker killed in 280 C oven

November 21, 2014 9:00 am ET

The management at a United Kingdom rotational molding plant are facing criminal charges for the death of a worker who was trapped inside a 280...    More

Image

New York City officials avoid taking a stand on plastic bag fee

November 20, 2014 11:28 am ET

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's administration claimed Nov. 19 to be committed to dramatically reducing plastic bag consumption in New York City, but ...    More

Image

Agilyx facing nearly $50,000 in fines from Oregon DEQ

November 20, 2014 11:59 am ET

Agilyx Corp., a plastic waste-to-oil company, is facing nearly $50,000 in fines for alleged hazardous waste violations at its Tigard, Ore., research f...    More

Market Reports

Plastics in Brazil - State of the Industry Report

This in-depth report examines the Brazilian plastics industry from a historical and geographical context. Our analysts provide insight on economic trends and forecasts, growing manufacturing sectors that utilize plastics, private investment opportunities, market environment challenges, and innovations in R&D.

Data tables and charts on producer prices, trade, plastics production and end market indicators is also included.

Learn more

Plastics Recycling Trends in North America

This report is a review and analysis of the North American Plastics Recycling Industry, including key trends and statistics based on 2013 performance. We examine market environment factors, regulatory issues, industry challenges, key drivers and emerging trends in post-consumer and post-industrial recycling.

Learn more

Injection Molders Market Report & Ranking 2014

This special package contains our 132-page 2014 Market Report on the Injection Molding segment and our exclusive 2014 RANKINGS database of 500+ Injection Molders for a discounted package price.

Learn more

Upcoming Plastics News Events

January 14, 2015 - January 14, 2015Plastics in Automotive

February 4, 2015 - February 6, 2015Plastics News Executive Forum 2015

June 2, 2015 - June 3, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - Chicago 2015

September 16, 2015 - September 18, 2015Plastics Caps & Closures - September 2015

October 27, 2015 - October 29, 2015Plastics Financial Summit - New York - 2015

More Events