LOS ANGELES, Jan. 30, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) program, the medical device industry's premier design awards competition, announced today that is has extended the deadline for the call for entries to February 8, 2012.
The MDEA is presented by UBM Canon, the global advanced manufacturing and MedTech authority, and by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the industry's central source for late breaking news, information, and business intelligence.
"We are very proud to be a part of a long tradition of innovation in medical device products," stated Heather Thompson, Editor-in-Chief, MD+DI. "Through the MDEA, we have honored nearly 450 groundbreaking products, including the AcceleDent Orthodontic System; Avedro Vedera KXS Vision Correction Device, and many more deserving products."
The program recognizes both the design achievements and healthcare contributions of medical product manufacturers and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare.
The MDEA will also be honoring an individual with the prestigious Lifetime Achievement Award for contributions over a long career that have a demonstrable impact on technological, business, and cultural advancements in medical devices.
Parties interested in entering in the 2012 MDEA competition are encouraged to visit MDEAwards.com for complete program details, including eligibility requirements, a downloadable entry form, rules, instructions, and an entry materials checklist.
Accepted in ten medical product categories, entries are evaluated by a multidisciplinary panel of jurors with expertise in engineering, medicine, human factors, industrial design, manufacturing, and other design and healthcare-related fields.
Finalists will be publicly announced in the April issue of MD+DI magazine. The winners will then be announced in May at a special presentation ceremony held in conjunction with the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition, May 22-24, 2012, at the Pennsylvania Convention Center in Philadelphia. MDEA-winning products will be honored with Bronze, Silver, or Gold-level awards in each category. Also, one Gold-winning product will be awarded "Best-in-Show".
The MDEA program is endorsed by AdvaMed; the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering; the Healthcare Technology Foundation; the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society; the Medical Device Manufacturers Association; and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance.
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