Bringing a Self-Funded Medical Device to Market

April 25, 2024


In this insightful episode of the Global Medical Device Podcast, host Etienne Nichols delves into the journey of Dr. Lee Hunter, an orthopedic surgeon and innovator in elbow surgery devices. 

Dr. Hunter shares his experience from the conception of a simple yet effective surgical device through its development, struggles with initial licensing, and ultimate success in the market. The discussion highlights the importance of perseverance, the impact of regulatory insights, and the significant role of strategic innovation in enhancing patient outcomes.

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Key Timestamps

  • [00:45] - Introduction of Dr. Lee Hunter and his medical device journey.
  • [05:30] - Challenges and breakthroughs in designing elbow surgery devices.
  • [14:20] - The licensing journey and learning from initial failures.
  • [22:50] - Insights into the current medical device market and innovations.
  • [35:40] - Discussion on the importance of simplicity and efficiency in medical devices.
  • [48:15] - Future directions in MedTech and advice for new innovators.

Key Takeaways

  1. Innovation in MedTech: Dr. Hunter's journey emphasizes that true innovation often stems from a deep understanding of specific medical needs rather than broad technological applications.
  2. Challenges and Resilience: Early failures are often stepping stones to success, highlighting the importance of resilience and adaptability in the medical device industry.
  3. Future of MedTech: The potential for simpler, more effective devices that streamline medical procedures and improve outcomes is vast, urging current and future innovators to focus on practical and impactful innovations.


Memorable quote:

  • "Sometimes the simplest solutions are the hardest to find but the most effective once implemented." - Lee Hunter


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The Global Medical Device Podcast powered by Greenlight Guru is where today's brightest minds in the medical device industry go to get their most useful and actionable insider knowledge, direct from some of the world's leading medical device experts and companies.

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Etienne Nichols is a Medical Device Guru and Mechanical Engineer who loves learning and teaching how systems work together. He has both manufacturing and product development experience, even aiding in the development of combination drug-delivery devices, from startup to Fortune 500 companies and holds a Project...

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