2018 Medical Design Excellence Award Finalists

Cardiovascular Devices

MoMe Kardia System

The MoMe Kardia ambulatory electrocardiograph (ECG) monitoring wearable is designed for patients with transient symptoms of cardiac arrhythmia. It acquires, stores and sends ECG and other related data. This is continuously transmitted and can be flagged for physician review on a Web-based portal.

HyperMed Imaging, Inc

The HyperView System is used by healthcare professionals as a noncontact tissue oxygenation measurement system.  The HyperView utilizes noninvasive, nonionizing hyperspectral imaging technology to assess tissue oxygenation in cases involving local, regional, and systemic flow ischemia.  The device displays color coded images and reports oxyhemoglobin levels, deoxyhemoglobin levels, and oxygen saturation in the superficial tissue.

AC3 Optimus Intra-aortic balloon pump
Teleflex Medical, Inc.

The AC3™ Optimus Intra-aortic Balloon Pump provides counterpulsation therapy to adult patients with impaired left ventricular function.  It provides hemodynamic support of blood pressure and reduced cardiac work through volume displacement principles.  The pump is attached to an balloon catheter which is inserted into the femoral artery and positioned in the descending thoracic aorta.

Drug-Delivery and Combination Products

SURGICEL® Powder Absorbable Hemostat
Ethicon US, LLC

SURGICEL® Powder Absorbable Hemostat provides a solutions to stop continuous, broad-surface oozing and bleeding fast, even on friable or raw tissue when other conventional methods are impractical or ineffective1,2. The unique structure of the powder penetrates the surface of the blood to get to the sources of bleeding1,3 and is also proven bactericidal against pathogens6-8.

Methofill® (methotrexate) SELF INJECT
Accord Healthcare Limited

West’s SelfDose® injector is a handheld device that is designed to help patients self-administer a subcutaneous injection. The device is part of a combination product that is supplied to patients with a standard 1mL prefilled syringe already loaded inside. Its overall design makes it easy to use for individuals struggling with dexterity challenges.

PharmaC, LLC

The OnSite-IV® is a single use device that facilitates creation of a sterile fluid path to transfer liquid from the syringe body to a  vial for delivery into an IV bag or elastomeric device.   The device provides both admixture and direct dispensing of medications.

Eli Lilly Taltz Injection Devices
Eli Lilly and Company

The Taltz injectors are designed to treat people with moderate to severe plaque psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis with Eli Lilly and Company’s Taltz™ medication. The devices come in both autoinjector and prefilled-syringe form.

ER and OR Tools, Equipment, and Supplies

VersaOne™ Fascial Closure System
Medtronic, Inc.

The VersaOne™ fascial closure system is a novel all-in-one solution that serves as a trocar and a fascial closure device to deliver consistent port-site closure, added procedural efficiency, and ease of use.  This system allows for the trocar to remain within the patient while closing the defect, allowing for tissue alignment and pneumoperitoneum.

Minne Ties Agile MMF
Summit Medical, LLC

Minne Ties® Agile MMF is an innovative approach to achieving maxilla-mandibular fixation (MMF). Our system is a non-invasive solution that provides a steady force and secure bite to allow for closed reduction fracture management or stabilization for internal fixation. Minne Ties is a safe, simple and efficient alternative to existing wire or hybrid devices.

Prescient Surgical

The CleanCision™ Wound Retraction and Protection System is the first in a new FDA device class developed to retract the surgical incision, provide abdominal access, and consistently and continuously irrigate the wound edge with a surgeon-selected fluid therapy to actively fight and remove the root cause of surgical site infection--wound contamination--without disrupting current surgical practice.

Mizuho OSI

Levó™ introduces a new level of precise control to head positioning for all spine procedures from cervical to sacrum. Its modular design provides maximum flexibility. The electro-mechanical arm provides exceptional range of motion. Using the release and locking mechanism, the surgeon can safely move the head preoperatively and intraoperatively.

ENSEAL®X1 Large Jaw Tissue Sealer
Ethicon Endo-Surgery, Inc.

ENSEAL®X1 Large Jaw Tissue Sealer is a bipolar electrosurgical instrument for surgical procedures that require ligation and division of vessels. ENSEAL® X1 seals and cuts vessels; cuts, grasps, and dissects tissue independently during surgery; seals independently; and coagulates and transects vessels, tissue, or vascular bundles up to 7mm in diameter.

Implant and Tissue-Replacement Products

AeroForm® Tissue Expander System

Representing the first major change in breast tissue expansion in almost 40 years, the AeroForm Tissue Expander System is the first and only needle-free, patient-controlled, wireless, tissue expander system for women who choose to have reconstructive surgery following a mastectomy.

Truliant Knee System

Truliant® is a comprehensive system that addresses clinical challenges in primary and revision total knee replacement. With its streamlined and intuitive design, Truliant offers orthopaedic surgeons the prostheses and tools they need to achieve more accurate and reproducible clinical results through an improved surgical experience. 

SPEEDTRAP™ Graft Preparation System
DePuy Synthes Companies

The SPEEDTRAP Graft Preparation System is used in preparing soft-tissue grafts in orthopedic procedures. The suture uses a fingertrap technique to compress rather than pierce the graft, and its needleless design reduces graft preparation time by 77% compared with standard techniques.

GRYPHON® Anchor with PROKNOT™ Technology
DePuy Synthes Companies

GRYPHON® Anchor with PROKNOT™ Technology is an innovative, proprietary, pre-tied knot loaded onto GRYPHON® Anchor for shoulder and hip repairs. It is stronger than arthroscopic knots1, enables one-way tensionability, is 64% smaller than traditional arthroscopic knots1, and is more consistent than arthroscopic knot-tying due to only requiring one half hitch.

Nonsurgical Hospital Supplies and Equipment

Equashield Pro Pharmacy Robot

Patient-Specific IV Drug preparation is one of the most critical and error-prone practices within a hospital pharmacy.  Equashield Pro automates today's manual hazardous drug compounding with use of its high throughput robot that is designed around manufacturing concepts and does not rely on human hands, like current robots on the market. 

McArthur Medical Sales Inc.

Flusso is a bypass adapter that can be used with passive or active humidity systems to prevent the disconnection of the patient from the mechanical ventilator during a circuit change or disconnection of patient for transport.

Linked Visibility Inventory System

The IntelliGuard® Linked Visibility Inventory Station™  or LVIS™ offers ideal caregiver medication access at the point-of-care and remote pharmacy visibility enterprise-wide.  Our solution is expected to be user-friendly to end-user anesthesiologists and provide the inventory visibility required by pharmacists for medications dispensed to the operating room environment.

Dentsply Sirona

The digit Power® Dispenser is a battery-powered dental material delivery system that enables dentists to place impression material precisely around the margin of prepared teeth by improving delivery ergonomics, access and visibility over existing in-market delivery systems—helping improve clinician experience and clinical outcomes. 

SoBliss: The revolutionary blister packaging for infection prevention

Selenium Medical, the infection prevention company, is opening a new era in the field of double sterile medical device packaging. SoBliss® has been created in order to solve the traditional blister weaknesses. The revolutionary details of this medical devices packaging are: All Around vertical sealing, Top hinge opening, puncture proof Tyvek system and 360° vision


Rad-67 is a cost-effective, easy to use, hand-held Pulse CO-Oximeter that allows clinicians to obtain noninvasive spot-check measurements including SpO2 blood-oxygen, hemoglobin (SpHb), Perfusion Index (PI), and Pulse Rate (PR). Rad-67’s small size, lightweight design, 6 hour battery life, and hi resolution touch screen make it an ideal spot-check device.

Over-the-Counter and Self-Care Products

Willow Breast Pump

Willow is the first all-in-one breast pump that fits inside a bra. Mobile, discreet, and hands-free, Willow allows women to achieve their breastfeeding goals without pressing pause on life.

MediClear PreOp
Covalon Technologies Ltd.

MediClearTM PreOp is the first FDA cleared dual antimicrobial self-adherent silicone film drape for preoperative skin. Worn prior to surgery to cover and protect the incision site, chlorhexidine and silver embedded silicone adhesive provide constant broad-spectrum antimicrobial protection, while its transparent polyurethane backing acts as a barrier to external sources of contamination.

ZipLine Medical, Inc.

Why Stitch It, When You Can Zip It?  Introducing ZipStitch, the most advanced wound closure device available without a prescription.  Now, virtually anybody can effectively treat minor cuts and lacerations in seconds, wherever they may be. No Needles. No stitches. No hassle.

Radiological, Imaging, and Electromechanical Devices

Exablate Neuro

Truliant® is a comprehensive system that addresses clinical challenges in primary and revision total knee replacement. With its streamlined and intuitive design, Truliant offers orthopaedic surgeons the prostheses and tools they need to achieve more accurate and reproducible clinical results through an improved surgical experience. 

StealthStation S8
Medtronic plc

The Medtronic StealthStation™ S8 is a visualization and surgical navigation system for precisely locating anatomical structures in either open or percutaneous procedures. The system features optical and electromagnetic localization technologies, robust processing power, intuitive software workflows, and a flexible system architecture to assist clinicians during cranial, spine, and ear-nose-throat procedures.

Samsung NeuroLogica

OmniTom® is a 16-slice CT scanner that delivers the highest quality non-contrast, CT angiography, and CT perfusion scans at the point-of-care. The combination of rapid scan time, ultra-small footprint, and immediate image viewing makes OmniTom an indespensable tool for collecting real time data on critically ill patients.

PowerLook Tomo Detection
iCAD Inc.

PowerLook Tomo Detection is an innovative radiologist workflow solution built on the latest advances in pattern recognition: Deep Learning. It was designed to optimize breast tomosynthesis reading efficiency, streamline workflow, and support cancer detection without compromising reading performance or increasing recalls.

Rehabilitation and Assistive-Technology Products


For individuals lacking upper extremity function, Obi gives the diner control over food selection, delivery and restores a more independent, relaxed and social dining experience.  This lifestyle transformation is created through applied manipulator technology at a scale, price, and level of usability that has never before existed in assistive technology. 

Ebb Insomnia Therapy
Ebb Therapeutics

Ebb Insomnia Therapy is the first and only FDA-cleared medical device that reduces the time it takes to both fall asleep and enter deep, restorative sleep. A comfortable, night-time wearable, Ebb comfortably cools your forehead, helps quiet the racing mind and enhances your ability to sleep.

Podimetrics Remote Temperature Monitoring System
Proven Process Medical Devices

The Podimetrics Remote Temperature Monitoring System is a technology for inflammatory foot diseases such as foot ulcers, a common and costly complication of diabetes. It consists of a daily-use telemedicine mat and an online portal for clinical decision support, enabling targeted and timely preventative care and improved population health management.

eNeura sTMS mini

The eNeura sTMS mini is indicated for the acute and prophylactic treatment of migraine headache.  The device is designed for self-treatment and delivers a non-invasive, brief, single pulse of magnetic energy to the back of the head.  This creates a brief electrical current in the brain intended to reduce the effects of migraine headaches.  This type of stimulation is called single-pulse Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (sTMS).  The sTMS mini will deliver treatments only when a SIM card with the patient’s prescription information is inserted and has not expired. It is a drug-free treatment option that can be used in the home or away from home based on a doctor’s instructions. 

BionX emPower ankle
BionX Medical Technologies, Inc.

BionX Medical Technologies, Inc. produces the world’s only active prosthetic foot and ankle solution available in the market – the emPOWER Ankle. It replaces the function of the muscles and tendons with an actively driven ankle joint, and supports the user by supplying additional energy while walking.

nfant Feeding Solution

nfant Feeding Solution transforms any baby bottle into a smart bottle, measuring tongue movement during feeding.  This provides real time and reviewable biofeedback to clinicians, helping them ensure an infant’s safety.  nfant Analytics stores, analyzes, and provides reports on this data for clinical teams to determine a plan of care.

Testing and Diagnostic Products and Systems

STERRAD VELOCITY™ Biological Indicator
  Advanced Sterilization Products (ASP), part of Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies

STERRAD VELOCITY™ Biological Indicator (BI) System is a hydrogen peroxide (H202) BI that confirms proper sterilization of reprocessed surgical instruments within 30 minutes, rather than 24 hours like other systems. STERRAD VELOCITY™ Reader integrates with STERRAD® sterilizers and uses advanced optical measurement technology. It includes automated record keeping, compliance checks, and on-screen instructions.

APAS Independence
Clever Culture Systems

APAS Independence is a stand-alone automated culture plate reading instrument that consistently screens and sorts 200 Petri dishes per hour. The innovative triage system identifies negative plates and removes them from the workflow. This allows microbiologists to focus their expertise on the significant plates, accelerating reporting of patient results.

Panther Fusion System
Hologic, Inc.

The Panther Fusion module is an in-lab upgrade to the Panther® instrument. This full random-access system consolidates testing with a growing menu of respiratory, virology, women’s health and STI assays on a single instrument. The Panther Fusion system also features multiple amplification technologies, including PCR capability to their proven TMA technology.

Sofia 2
Quidel Corporation

Sofia 2 is a compact bench top analyzer that uses advanced fluorescence detection to rapidly test for diseases such as Influenza, Streptococcus and Respiratory Syncytial Virus. The easy-to-use interface and step-by-step on-screen guidance takes diagnostic testing out of the lab and into the hands of Point-of-care professionals.

Alinity s

Alinity s improves blood and plasma services efficiency in testing donations for infectious disease, like HIV and viral hepatitis, to meet today’s high demand to screen donor samples. Alinity s improves the screening process by increasing the loading capacity of test samples and automating historically manual processes.

Baebies, Inc.

SEEKER®, the first and only FDA authorized high throughput laboratory-based instrument for newborn screening of lysosomal storage disorders, uses fluorimetry to measure enzymatic activity related to four lysosomal storage disorders (LSDs: Pompe, Fabry, Gaucher and Mucopolysaccharidosis Type I (MPS I)) from newborn dried blood spot specimens routinely collected as part of state newborn screening programs.

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