Engineers Role in MedTech Innovation and Product Development

Engineers role in MedTech innovation
There’s a dynamic duo that’s been quietly saving the day: engineers and their knack for MedTech innovation. Medical technology has been turning heads with its life-saving devices and game-changing solutions. It’s the engineers who are pulling the strings, making magic happen from scratch. This article is all about shining a light on the engineers role in shaping the future of MedTech.

MedTech Innovation Designing for the Win

Engineers are the architects of healthcare advancements. Do you agree?  They are mixing science, technology with a dash of creativity to craft medical devices that make healthcare democratized, remote, more efficient, less time-consuming for doctors allowing them to treat and save more lives. Whether it’s a fancy imaging gizmo or a humble medical device, engineers are in it to make a dent in the universe. They’re like master chefs in the kitchen, whipping up prototypes and tweaking designs until they’re just right. I remember when one of Consonance engineers said that his job is like being in a constant stage of failure, and from time to time experiencing a win, when something works sweet as a nut. Chasing excellence is not an easy task to tackle, especially when you can’t so easily debug and redesign a medical device like you can do with a software. I’m talking here about physical, real hardware devices, from a small sensor up to a device you wouldn’t be able to squeeze in your conference room. You need to develop and deliver reliable and certified medical device on which a number of people will depend and respect outcomes from it. It means that once achieving a certain stage is hard to take some steps back without a huge impact on a project timeline and budget.

Navigating the Regulatory Jungle

Building medical devices isn’t just about nuts and bolts; there’s a whole jungle of regulations to hack through. Engineers team up with regulatory experts to make sure their creations toe the line with certain norms, regulations from FDA in the US or MDR in the EU.  By staying on top of the rulebook and ironing out any compliance wrinkles, engineers make sure their babies hit the market running, without any red tape tripping them up.

Collaborative Multidisciplinary Approach

The development of medical devices is inherently multidisciplinary, requiring collaboration between engineers, clinicians, researchers, and industry partners. Engineers serve as catalysts for collaboration, bridging the gap between different disciplines and facilitating communication and knowledge exchange. By leveraging their technical expertise and communication skills, engineers foster a collaborative environment where diverse stakeholders work together towards a common goal: improving patient outcomes. Oh btw; engineers also participate in the process of product development. Because any medical product is not only about the technology, but also business and commercialization aspects need to be considered. Would you stay confident with your product, if engineers would develop it to expensive for mass production? I guess not.   If you ask, when engineers play a crucial role in a medical device development phases, be aware of their multilevel engagement.
MedTech product development requires a multidisciplinary approach

MedTech product development requires a multidisciplinary approach

MedTech Innovation Concept

The journey begins with a vision for a new medical device or an enhancement of an existing one. This could stem from a clinician’s observation of a gap in patient care, an engineer’s breakthrough innovation, or even a collaboration between interdisciplinary teams. The process involves brainstorming, research, and market analysis to ensure the proposed device meets a real clinical need and has a potential market. Engineers play a critical role here, using their technical expertise to identify feasible solutions and their creativity to brainstorm innovative ideas. They often conduct extensive research to understand the problem fully and propose viable concepts. In fact, a study found that about 75% of successful medical devices originated from engineer-driven innovations.

Proof of Concept and Prototype

Once the idea is solidified, the next step involves creating a proof of concept and developing prototypes. Proof of concept verifies that the basic principles of the device are feasible. Prototypes, on the other hand, are tangible models that showcase the device’s form and function. These iterations allow engineers to identify design flaws, technical challenges, and refine the concept accordingly. Engineers lead this stage by using advanced tools like CAD software and 3D printing to develop and iterate prototypes quickly. For instance, using rapid prototyping, engineers can reduce the development cycle by 30%, allowing for faster identification and resolution of design issues.

Design and Development in MedTech

During this phase, the initial prototype is transformed into a detailed design with specifications, materials, and manufacturing processes defined. This stage often involves multiple iterations, simulations, and feasibility studies to ensure the device meets regulatory standards, usability requirements, and safety guidelines. Engineers dive deep into the nitty-gritty, conducting simulations and stress tests to ensure durability and safety. They also work on optimizing the design for manufacturability and cost-effectiveness. Studies show that involving engineers early in the design phase can reduce overall development costs by up to 20%.

Regulatory Compliance and Preclinical Testing

Any MedTech innovation before moving to clinical trials, require preclinical testing. This involves bench testing, animal studies, and in vitro assessments to gather data on the device’s safety and performance. The results of these tests are submitted to regulatory bodies as part of the approval process. Engineers collaborate closely with regulatory experts to design and conduct these tests. They ensure that all data collected is robust and meets regulatory standards. The role of engineers is crucial here, as their detailed documentation and methodical testing can significantly speed up the regulatory approval process, which otherwise can take several years.

Manufacturing and Quality Control

With regulatory approval in hand, manufacturing processes are scaled up for commercial production. Quality control measures are implemented to ensure consistency, reliability, and adherence to design specifications. This stage also involves developing post-market surveillance plans to monitor the device’s performance once it’s in the hands of users. Engineers oversee the transition from prototype to mass production, ensuring that manufacturing processes are efficient and scalable. They also implement rigorous quality control protocols to maintain high standards. It’s noted that effective engineering management in manufacturing can reduce production defects by up to 40%, ensuring a reliable product reaches the market.


Engineers are stepping into the spotlight as the real MVPs of the MedTech innovation show.  From designing life-saving devices to navigating regulatory hurdles and integrating advanced technologies, engineers bring a unique blend of technical expertise, creativity, and passion to MedTech product development. By working collaboratively with stakeholders across disciplines and putting patients at the center of their design process, engineers are not only transforming healthcare but also improving lives around the world.  

Ps. Are you seeking expertise in MedTech innovation development? 

Let’s talk!

Paweł Zieliński Consonance Medtech
Paweł Zieliński
Head of Marketing