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Book and Media Reviews
May 26, 2010

Biodesign: The Process of Innovating Medical Technologies

JAMA. 2010;303(20):2084-2088. doi:10.1001/jama.2010.680

Over the years, the development and marketing of numerous medical devices has saved countless lives and improved outcomes for patients with a wide variety of disorders. The development of these devices generally involves clinicians who recognize a specific need, biomedical researchers who discover and investigate technologies relevant to the clinical situation, and engineers who apply these technologies to implement a design that addresses the original need. However, many devices do not reach their potential market and are never given the opportunity to save lives or improve outcomes in the patients for whom they were originally intended.