Stress Engineering Services is in the process of launching its Force-4 medical device product development group to further enhance its offerings to medtech clients.
Houston-based Stress Engineering — which runs much of its medical device industry work out of its office and testing laboratory in Mason, Ohio, north of Cincinnati — has hundreds of employees serving an array of industries. Stress’ expertise extends to testing, fluid dynamics, thermal science, polymers, economics and reliability — with the integration of design, analysis, testing and failure analysis.
Force-4 will facilitate work with medtech clients and allow them to better tap into advanced-degree expertise across all of Stress Engineering, said Michael Johnson, a veteran of Johnson & Johnson’s Ethicon business and Danaher who joined Stress last year as director of medical device product development.
“Product development in the medical device space requires a focused effort,” Johnson told Medical Design & Outsourcing last week. “We’re taking everything Stress has been doing, and we’re improving it and focusing it and enabling quicker responses.”
“I don’t have to hire a consultant when I have an issue. I can go right down the hall. I’m not hunting down expertise. I have it right in the building,” Johnson said.
- Johnson thinks Force-4 will boost a whole array of capabilities at Stress Engineering:
- Frontend innovation;
- Opportunity mining, analytics and user research;
- Holistic development;
- Product realization;
- Bridging the gap between market concept and a developable solution;
- Minimizing design risk.
Stress Engineering last year also brought hired Jason Phillips, previously a senior creative director at LPK, to serve as Stress’ director of industrial design. Mark Burchnall, who has been at Stress more than seven years, is a senior medtech design engineer.