About Us

The applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI), founded in 2015, is a non-instructional unit within the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing (PCEC) at Grand Valley State University (GVSU). Our Mission is devoted to the betterment of human health and well-being through innovation and commercialization of medical devices, healthcare solutions, and serving related industries.  

Medical device and technology development begins with an idea. The idea, often in the form of a napkin sketch, must cross a ‘development valley-of-death’. Medical device development requires a broad range of science, engineering, and business resources. applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) serves the medical device and technology community as a means to cross the development valley-of-death, by providing access to researchers, engineers, medical professionals, business and entrepreneurial expertise within an integrated process that includes technical services, intellectual property, business review and mentoring. 

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aMDI provides a full range of services, including but not limited to: developing analytical and physical models; rapid prototyping and fabricating systems; comprehensive testing for technical feasibility; and innovate research and development space. aMDI addresses business and market viability issue in collaboration with other entrepreneurial, regulatory, investment, and business architecture entities.  Commercialization is facilitated at aMDI by connecting to the region's existing commercialization and financing organizations. In addition to the physicians, nurses, and clinicians, aMDI serves small companies as a contract “R&D department” and large companies by providing responsive intellectual capacity to meet the demands of unforeseen business cycles or emerging technologies. 

aMDI differentiates itself with an applied focus, where proof-of-principle and go/no-go criteria are balanced with risk mitigation plan. This approach provides expedient response-models cost (high value) for early concept development and proof of concept delivery, if technically and commercially viable.

Enhancing student learning experiences, engaging faculty and our community to bring novel medical devices and innovative technology to market

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In the News

University collaborating with medical device company

February 05, 2019

The partners said toxicity of the materials historically has made 3D printing of polymer-based medical device components impossible, but Carbon's technology uses nine nontoxic families of materials.

How a Grand Valley State institute could impact medical device manufacturing

January 24, 2019

"Our study is looking at the threshold where 3D printing is the best option versus using traditional manufacturing methods like injection molding and CNC Machining," said Nowak, about the grant awarded last year.

GVSU students working with 3D printer on medical tech

January 24, 2019

A state-of-the-art 3D printer from Carbon, Inc. has been installed at the Padnos College of Engineering & Computing on the Medical Mile, letting students take part in real-world experiments.


January 22, 2019

Grand Valley State University (GVSU) and the applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) in Michigan have been awarded half a million dollars for a two-and-a-half year medical 3D printing study.

3D tech helps GVSU create medical devices

January 22, 2019

Food and Drug Administration-approved materials are used in the process, and the method doesn't require the injection molds and other components used in traditional manufacturing.

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Check out our new student lab engineers, Co Nguyen and Nicholas Groselak and their first 3D prints using our Carbon 3D Printer! #3dprinting #additivemanufacturing #engineers #design #talent
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