R&D Strategy

Overview

Your research and development (R&D) strategy is the plan that brings your idea from the concept phase through proof-of-concept and feasibility testing, prototyping, and manufacturing. It also helps you isolate the technical and clinical challenges that must be resolved to develop your product. Click Here for a breakdown of the R&D process.

CTIP steering committee members have extensive R&D experience, while CTIP provides access to several USC engineering and product development facilities that can provide guidance on product design, prototyping, and pre-clinical testing. 

CTIP R&D Resources

  • USC's Viterbi School of Engineering - Viterbi consulting services provided to CTIP Consortium investigators include device design and prototyping, bench testing, guidance on Good Manufacturing Practices and quality assurance, hands-on engineering manufacturing and understanding and application of engineering standards. 

  • USC Medical Device Development Facility - The MDDF serves as a living laboratory for advancement and teaching of all aspects of medical device development, including design controls, quality systems, regulatory compliance and technology transfer to industry. Founded by Dr. Gerald Loeb (Co-PI, CTIP Steering Committee)

  • CHLA Research Imaging Core - The Imaging Core provides investigators with access to state-of-the-art imaging equipment for research that involves small animals, in particular, mice and rats. Although part of the focus of the core is on services, a significant part of the core is on programmatic and scientific development. Services include access and use of the instruments, data collection and processing, data interpretation, and project services (cell culturing, animal handling, treatments, tissue harvesting, intracranial injections, etc.). 

  • Health, Technology and Engineering Program at USC (HTE@USC) - HTE@USC is part of a larger USC effort to promote rapid advances in healthcare through research and education combining the essentials of medicine with advanced engineering and scientific technologies. Directed by Drs. George Tolomiczenko (CTIP Steering Committee) and Terence Sanger (Co-PI, CTIP Steering Committee)

CTIP Prototyping Resources

  • Leardon Solutions - Leardon Solutions is a global product development, engineering, and manufacturing services company that is passionate about helping entrepreneurs and start-up organizations turn their ideas and concepts into products. They provide engineering services, prototypes, and scaled production products for individual entrepreneurs, universities, and start-up companies. 

  • USC's Viterbi School of Engineering - Viterbi consulting services provided to CTIP Consortium investigators include device design and prototyping, bench testing, guidance on Good Manufacturing Practices and quality assurance, hands-on engineering manufacturing and understanding and application of engineering standards. 

  • USC Medical Device Development Facility - The MDDF serves as a living laboratory for advancement and teaching of all aspects of medical device development, including design controls, quality systems, regulatory compliance and technology transfer to industry. Founded by Dr. Gerald Loeb (Co-PI, CTIP Steering Committee)

  • Health, Technology and Engineering Program at USC (HTE@USC) - HTE@USC is part of a larger USC effort to promote rapid advances in healthcare through research and education combining the essentials of medicine with advanced engineering and scientific technologies. Directed by Drs. George Tolomiczenko (CTIP Steering Committee) and Terence Sanger (Co-PI, CTIP Steering Committee)

Other Prototyping Resources

  • Medical Device Register – Database that can be used to identify manufacturers of medical devices and see what companies are working in specific areas of interest.
  • Medical Device Link – Online information source that includes a database of suppliers.
  • Medical Design and Manufacturing Shows – The best place to talk to suppliers and review latest prototyping technology. Shows are held annually in Southern California, the East Coast, and Minneapolis.
  • Mechanical Engineering Resources
    • GlobalSpec – A search engine and information source designed especially to serve the engineering, manufacturing and related scientific and technical market segments.
    • McMaster-Carr – A supply company with more than 450,000 products.
  • Materials Science Resources
    • ASM International Website – A searchable database of modules on materials commonly used for medical device development. Some content may require a license. Has clinically approved devices, including FDA information and literature reviews.
    • MatWeb– Database of materials. Does not tell which devices use what materials, but it can be used to check the grade of materials.
    • Society for Biomaterials
    • Materials Research Society
    • ASTM International
    • International Organization for Standards (ISO)
    • Buddy D. Ratner, Allan S. Hoffman, Frederick J. Schoen, and Jack E. Lemons, Biomaterials Science: An Introduction to Materials in Medicine (Academic Press, 2004).
    • M. N. Helmus, Biomaterials in the Design and Reliability of Medical Devices (Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers and Landes Bioscience, 2003).
  • Electrical Engineering Resources