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February 18, 2019

Bresslergroup Partners with Jefferson's Health Design Lab

Bresslergroup is excited to partner in 2019 with the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University on the JeffSolves MedTech program, an initiative that brings faculty members and students from across the Jefferson community together to generate innovative solutions for urgent healthcare problems.

JeffSolves is a program run by Provost and Dean of Sidney Kimmel Medical College, Dr. Mark Tykocinski, and is one of the marquis programs of Jefferson’s Health Design Lab. JeffSolves MedTech is an eight-month program that ushers a multidisciplinary cohort, including medicine and design students, through the process of defining and then solving a medical device design challenge with a physical product solution.

The program goal for participants is to turn project concepts into functional prototypes that can be tested and validated within the Jefferson medical ecosystem.

“We are excited for this opportunity to partner with a local company with such a broad base of expertise and talent. This will give our students an opportunity to work with a leading firm and gain valuable experience in the design and commercialization of medical devices.” — Bon Ku, MD, MPP, Executive Director, Health Design Lab

JeffSolves MedTech 2019 kicked off earlier this month with a two-hour ideation session around challenges inspired by patients. Jefferson Health clinicians pitched painpoints in anesthesiology, ALS research, obstetrics and gynecology, autism research, cardiology, medicine, and emergency medicine. Student teams will take on a selection of these challenges based on certain criteria, including which are able to be viably solved in eight months.

Throughout spring 2019, workshops facilitated by Bresslergroup team members and hosted at the design firm’s Center City studio will mirror the full product design lifecycle, from topics in research and concept generation, to prototyping and validation, to storytelling and design/business strategy.

“We’re thrilled to be collaborating closely with Jefferson’s Health Design Lab to improve and expand this impressive program, harnessing Bresslergroup’s resources to enable even better solutions from the student design teams. We love being involved in expanding and strengthening the broader healthcare design community in Philadelphia! It’s a great bonus that the team at Jefferson is so switched on and exciting to work with!” — Conall Dempsey, Director of User Research and Human Factors, Bresslergroup

The students will work full-time on the initiative over the summer, devoting up to forty hours per week. They’ll have access to Bresslergroup’s researchers, engineers, designers, and strategists to assist with the iterative development of their novel medical devices. The product development cycle will culminate in October with a Pitch Summit in front of faculty members, peers, and investors. Watch this space and Bresslergroup’s social media feeds (#MedTech2019) for updates on the program throughout the year.

About the Health Design Lab at Thomas Jefferson University
Faculty from the Health Design Lab teach creative problem solving methods to equip the next generation of doctors with the skills and confidence to create better products, services and spaces for health. As part of a broader Medicine+Design initiative at Jefferson, the track draws from diverse fields, including architecture, industrial design, and engineering. Workshops and content are dynamic, incorporating the latest techniques from emerging design and healthcare movements, such as e-patients, DIY makers and design thinking.

About Bresslergroup
Bresslergroup is an insight-driven product innovation lab based in Philadelphia. Founded as Designs for Medicine in 1970, Bresslergroup is deeply rooted in user-centered medical product design. Over nearly fifty years, the firm has developed hundreds of medical products — including surgical instruments, drug delivery devices, home health and rehabilitation devices, and complex medical diagnostic systems — that are safe, effective, innovative, and successful in the marketplace. Learn more about our medical expertise


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