Richard McLoughlin

Tailored Support for Your Medical Device Start-Up Company

by Richard McLoughlin
There is a problem in the medical device industry and as a start-up company, it will be a problem that you may already be familiar with. You need support for your project, whether you are at the concept and prototyping stage or are further along on the research and development journey. However, all too often, the support that is available comes with a big price tag. You also have to make big commitments while putting up with the fact the support you get is not tailored to your specific needs. There must be a better way. There is a better...

Neurovascular Microcatheter Design Overview

by Richard McLoughlin
Neurovascular microcatheters have transformed the treatment of patients around the world. They enable minimally invasive treatments in a challenging part of the body, so have significantly advanced healthcare in this field. The range of neurovascular conditions that microcatheters are used to treat includes cerebral aneurysms, ischemic stroke, and other conditions that affect the vessels that supply blood to the brain and spine. While there have been significant advances in the design and development of neurovascular microcatheters, there is a constant strive to push the boundaries of innovation, particularly in relation to the miniaturisation of catheter devices and components. Further advances...

Balloon Catheter Design – Process Overview and Key Considerations

by Richard McLoughlin
Balloon catheters are used for a range of medical procedures and applications, from delivering stents to opening blockages to dilating vessels to delivering therapeutics directly to a target location in the body. As a result, balloon catheters have transformed patient outcomes, particularly in complex procedures. Balloon catheters have been used in healthcare for many years now, but the level of innovation in this area of minimally invasive medical devices continues at pace. Well-established balloon catheter applications are being enhanced, and new innovations are being developed. From embedding electronics such as sensors and thermistors to developing balloon catheters that can access...

An Overview of Braid Reinforced Tubing for Catheters and Other Minimally Invasive Medical Devices

by Richard McLoughlin
There are two main types of tubing reinforcement for catheters and other minimally invasive medical devices – braid reinforcement and coil reinforcement. While there is often a crossover between the two, we are going to focus on braid reinforcement in this article. Advanced catheter technologies and other minimally invasive medical devices continue to transform healthcare, including in the most complex of procedures. Braid reinforcement is a crucial component of many of these innovative medical devices, as the braid reinforced layer of the tube enhances its performance. For example, braid reinforcement enables the use of ultra-thin wall tubing. It is also...

Six-Step Medical Device Design Process Whitepaper

by Richard McLoughlin
This whitepaper outlines in detail the design process required to successfully design a new medical device product, developing it to a point where it can obtain regulatory approval and move into the manufacturing and commercialisation phases. Go to the whitepaper download page. The whitepaper is based on Arrotek's well-established Six-Step Design Process. This process has a proven track record of success in advanced catheter design projects and other projects involving the design of minimally invasive medical devices and advanced catheter technologies. In addition to covering in detail the six essential steps in designing a new medical device product, the whitepaper...

Arrotek’s Complete Service Offering

by Richard McLoughlin
There is a detailed and complex process involved in bringing an idea for a new medical device product from the early concept point through to a stage where it is being used by physicians in real-world clinical settings. The process includes all the typical elements you would find in any product design project. However, there are also regulatory considerations that need to be taken into account. Those considerations focus on minimising patient risk while ensuring the medical device is effective. At Arrotek, we can offer a complete service offering. This means we can work with you to bring your idea...

Medical Device Design and Development Trends for 2022

by Richard McLoughlin
Innovation and the medical device industry go hand in hand. At the same time, the industry is impacted by broader challenges, as well as being influenced by the demands and expectations of healthcare professionals and patients. Taking all this into account, what are the trends we should look out for in 2022 and beyond? More Complex Minimally Invasive Medical Devices Minimally invasive medical devices have transformed healthcare, but innovation in this field continues at pace. Existing medical devices, including ultra-thin-walled catheters, multi-lumen devices, and other advanced catheter technologies, will be improved. New, novel medical devices will also be developed. One...

Catheter Design Capabilities

by Richard McLoughlin
At Arrotek, we have significant experience in catheter design, particularly in the development of advanced catheter technologies. This includes atraumatic catheters with ultra-thin walls as low as 0.1mm (0.004"). The projects we regularly work on involve the development of catheters with intended usage applications that require the ability to navigate small and complex vasculatures to access difficult to reach parts of the body, such as in high-risk neuro and coronary interventions. We also have experience in the design of large-bore catheters, including multi-functional devices, that deliver high levels of performance. Examples include catheters designed for the delivery of innovative therapies...

6 Tips to Protect Your Intellectual Property When Outsourcing Medical Device Design

by Richard McLoughlin
Intellectual property (IP) is a high priority consideration when designing a new medical device. If you are outsourcing all or part of the development to a third-party contractor, it's even more important to take steps to ensure your IP is protected. There are many reasons for this, but one of the most important is that third-party contractors are treated differently to employees of your organisation. In most jurisdictions, your organisation owns the IP of any work that an employee does. This doesn't apply to work done by a third-party contractor, however. Therefore, it is absolutely critical that IP issues are...

Catheter Design and Development – Key Considerations to Get Your Product to Market

by Richard McLoughlin
Effective catheter design and development are essential to successfully bring your idea for a new device to market. From the earliest stages of concept development through to scaled-up manufacturing, it is a complex process with a range of considerations and potential challenges that can impact success. However, with the right approach and expertise, there are also opportunities in a range of areas, from getting the design right early in the process to minimising manufacturing costs to getting your product to market in the shortest possible timeframe. Headline Considerations The intended use of your new catheter device – it is important...