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Rapid Innovation

Key Tech offers rapid Innovation engagements to quickly identify, prototype and test the solution space for existing product upgrades or next generation products. Sometimes, when there are no clear solutions the technology company wonders; “Can it even be done?” We are experts in proving new technology works in products and have been asked this question many times before in internal meetings. ​

Rapid Innovation engagements consist of deploying parallel user and technical work streams to explore solutions that address user and technical challenges. We typically break the problem down by user steps, and brainstorm technical and user solutions for each step first, then begin to stitch together potential architectures, using the solutions for each step. ​

Below is an example of the Rapid Innovation process followed with BD Pharmaceutical Systems on their Mobile Med Injector platform that lead to a functional prototype for use in VoC testing:

BD Mobile Med Diagram ​

Rapid Innovation Engagements are a fun and efficient option to provide insights into potential product paths, without the need for investing in a large development program. ​

Reach out to learn more about how we can jump into solving those problems with no clear solution. ​

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Technology Assessment

You’ve demonstrated it works in the lab, but will your technology work in the real world, where environmental variables are harder to control? Leverage Key Tech’s creative inquiry and proven ability to solve the toughest challenges in the technology assessment process to determine if your technology has the legs to make it to market.

Technology Assessment engagements consist of characterizing the technology and studying the governing variables of interest that affect how it works. Prior technologies assessed include digital microfluidic sample prep techniques, silicon microfabricated diagnostic sensors, and functional ultrasound systems – to name a few.

Start by downloading our whitepaper, Proving Technology Works in Products: The 8-Point Assessment Checklist, to gain a deeper understanding of the assessment process. ​

The general assessment process is focused on de-risking, resulting in a better understanding of your technology and how it will be embodied in a finished product:

De-Risking Diagram

Reach out to learn more about how we can begin to assess nascent technologies with tremendous promise when integrated into a product. ​

New Product Development

Key Tech is an ISO 13485-certified product development firm capable of translating your product requirements set to a finished design ready for manufacturing transfer. We’ve developed a variety of products under FDA design control development, ranging from nutritional compounders, clinical analyzers and pharmaceutical drug preparation and delivery system. ​

The products we develop typically require multiple disciplines, recruited from top schools that have graduated in the top 1% of their class. They work together to solve intertwined user and technical design challenges throughout the development cycle. Below is our general approach to New Product Development, starting with Project Planning & Prototyping, before locking in design inputs. We then develop alpha and beta prototypes, maturing the design to point where manufacturing transfer is initiated, and verification and validation activities commence.

Subsystem Development​

Clients enjoy working with Key Tech, particularly when our team dovetails into their existing client teams. Our team provides a fresh perspective to the overall program, while focusing on the subsystem of interest. Subsystem Development engagements are for when you have an existing design team running a program, but you may need extra bandwidth or expertise to augment your team. ​

We typically develop design specifications for the subsystem(s) of interest, that trace up to the requirements provided by our customers. We then own the design and associated documentation for the subsystem, following our internal quality system protocols. Upon completion, the design ownership is then transferred back to the client or to a selected contract manufacturer.

Reach out to learn more about how we can efficiently develop a subsystem on your product.

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