A Roadmap to Success for Surgeon Inventors, Part 5 (installment 1 of 2)

September 15, 2014 / by John Kapitan / 0 minute read

The Top Ten Things to Avoid

In this article and the next, we’ll review potential landmines in the product development process that may trip you up or, worse, derail the project and cause you to give up entirely. Here are five of the top ten missteps that I have seen surgeon inventors make during the course of almost 20 years of orthopaedic product development. Next time, we’ll cover the other five. These are listed in no particular order and all of them can happen with regular frequency if you’re not careful. Read More...

Tags: FDA 510(k), innovators, intellectual property strategy, inventors, IP fit, 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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