A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors, Part 2: Is Your Next Product Idea Viable?

July 1, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

Is Your Next Product Idea Viable?

How does a surgeon inventor determine quickly and efficiently whether or not his idea has clinical and technical merit? Is it free from infringement on other patents, and easily manufacturable? Does it satisfy enough of a market need to make it attractive to investors, corporate partners or end users? Finding the answers to such vital questions can take considerable investments of time, creative energy and money. The key to a successful (and rewarding) development process lies in gathering specific data early in the project’s development, and answering those questions with objectivity. Doing so will allow the inventor to make sound decisions on whether or not to proceed based on proven indicators—and not simply a gut feeling. How is this done? One method is the careful crafting of a feasibility study. Read More...

Tags: 510(k), FDA, feasibility studies, innovators, intellectual property strategy, inventors, IP fit, manufacturing, medical device, orthopedics, physician inventors, Product Development, prototyping, realize your idea, Regulatory Affairs, surgeons

John Kapitan

Written by John Kapitan

John Kapitan is the CEO of Kapstone Medical, a company he founded in 2007 after 15 years in the medical device industry as a design engineer and regulatory affairs executive. John is an entrepreneur and expert in medical device design and commercialization.

Prior to creating Kapstone, John was a founding member of Altiva Corporation, a spinal implant company that was sold to Exactech, Inc. in 2008. His experience also includes AcroMed Corporation, DePuy AcroMed, and the Cleveland Clinic Foundation.

John received his BSME from Cornell University and MBA from the Weatherhead School of Management. He has designed and managed development for dozens of commercialized products, is an inventor on over 20 patents and patents pending, and has authored multiple industry articles. John enjoys spending time on his farm in Asheville, NC with his large family.

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