Why Devices Fail and What You Need to do to Prevent it from Happening

The title of the next MedDev Group Forum is “Why devices fail and what you need to do to prevent it from happening.” It will take place Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at Foley Hoag Emerging Enterprise Center (Bay Colony Corporate Center, 1000 Winter St., Suite 4000 North Entrance, Waltham MA).

A successful medical device development process must meet many criteria – perhaps the most critical is reliability. The varied engineering disciplines that enter into the device development process necessarily use different methodologies to attempt to ensure that their contribution to the process maximizes the reliability of that component or subsystem. At the June 3 Forum, attendees will hear from three experienced engineering professionals with three different perspectives on this problem.

The panel and attendees will discuss questions such as:

  • When should failure analyses begin?
  • How can information from past development processes be incorporated?
  • How many different failure analysis methods should be used?
  • How does one acquire probability data for failure analysis methods?
  • How should failure analyses for different subsystems be combined?


  • Paul Nickelsberg, President, Orchid Technologies, Maynard, MA
  • Chase Sebor, Founder & Partner, Venture Technologies, N. Billerica, MA
  • Brian Stonecipher, Principal, Human Factors, Continuum, Newton, MA


  • Tony Raymond, President and Consultant, New Harbor SQA

Registration Fee

  • Members: $20 (PrePaid), $30 at the door
  • NonMembers: $30 (PrePaid), $40 at the door

More info: MedDev Group Forums