During the initial brainstorming session, Vention’s team of product development engineers built on the broad concepts the customer’s founders had brought to them. The team conducted extensive feasibility and product development studies analyzing and comparing different sizes and geometries to optimize the device, which would be a one-piece, user-friendly instrument that would feel familiar to physicians.
At the customer’s request, the project went inactive for several months during clinical evaluations and fundraising. Vention’s business model easily accommodated this break, and the team picked up the project again as soon as funding allowed.
After creating protocols for the design-safe device, Vention went into preclinical validation testing. The first human use was conducted about 2.5 years after the initial brainstorming session. Vention also supported clinical trials in Germany and Canada, with the device receiving CE mark just short of 3 years after the project began. The device is currently commercially available in Europe.