By: Ryan Avery
Congratulations are in order for everyone involved with the Inogen OneTM oxygen concentrator! The Inogen OneTM has been selected as a winner in the 2006 Medical Design Excellence Awards competition, one of the most prestigious awards in the medical device industry. The announcement comes on the heels of winning the 2005 Frost & Sullivan Oxygen Therapy Product of the Year Award, and is just the latest success for this market-defining product.
Before the release of the Inogen OneTM, the oxygen therapy market wasn’t very technologically advanced. Although earlier devices fulfilled therapeutic functions, the benefits derived did not always outweigh the ensuing challenges that confronted patients. Individuals on oxygen therapy frequently lost mobility and the ability to lead an active life. But the revolutionary product design of the Inogen OneTM is quickly reinventing the oxygen therapy market. One of its particularly unique features is its satellite conserver, which extends the patient’s range by allowing oxygen to be delivered up to 100 feet from the device, giving the patient the opportunity to be mobile in their household without carrying the device from room to room. Thus, the patient can leave the device at a central location within the household with the capability of moving around and still receive an adequate supply of oxygen.
LaunchPoint played a pivotal role in the early design of the Inogen One. When a group of students from UC Santa Barbara had an idea for a next-generation oxygen concentrator, they enlisted the help of LaunchPoint’s high-powered engineering team. LaunchPoint provided the experience needed to understand the key technologies used in existing products, so that Inogen’s design could beat existing products. As design progressed, on-site fabrication at LaunchPoint enabled production to operate on a tight schedule that would otherwise have been impossible. LaunchPoint also provided early product design visualizations, PCB layout, and device software, culminating in a full-scale working prototype. The collaboration with Inogen represents LaunchPoint’s continued excellence in turning ideas into products.
The Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) competition is the premier awards program for the medical technology community. It is the only awards program of its type devoted exclusively to recognizing advances in the design of medical products. MDEA-winning products excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering excellence, end-user and patient benefits, and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing and healthcare delivery.
Presentation of the 2006 MDEA awards will take place on Wednesday, June 7, in a special ceremony at the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East 2006 Conference and Exposition in New York City.
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