Learning from mistakes
Thomas Edison supposedly said, “I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work.”
Medical device designers should take Edison’s words to heart. The industry has a passion for innovation, and for a good reason – to save and improve the lives of all humanity.
While exploring why a promising, innovative or even possibly disruptive device failed may be a difficult topic to explore, it can yield valuable information to avoid those same pitfalls.
“I think one of the big takeaways is, when we see other companies struggling, we shouldn’t applaud that,” Amor said “We should really say, ‘How can we prevent ourselves from going through those same issues?’”
If the industry wants to succeed at improving and saving lives, we all need to look at our failures and understand how to keep history from repeating itself.