We are devoted to the betterment of human health and well-being through applied medical device innovation

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

About Us

Medical device development begins with an idea. The idea, often in the form of a napkin sketch, must cross a ‘development valley-of-death’. Med device development requires a broad range of science, engineering, and business resources. applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) serves the med device 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. 


Our Services

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 incubator 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.

A Summary of Our First Years

Featured Team Member of the Month

Aldo Fanelli, Mechanical Engineer

Aldo Fanelli is a graduate student at Grand Valley State University, currently pursuing the GVSU Articulated M.S.E/ B.S.E program with an emphasis in Mechanical and Biomedical Engineering. He expects to graduate in the spring of 2019. His duties at the applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) include general assistance with device research and development (R&D), and implementation. He recently completed an engineering internship with MedPlast, a contract medical device manufacturer in the area.

Outside of school and work, he enjoys working out and digital photography, and he formerly played intramural football, basketball, and soccer.


"I aspire to begin my post-school career as a design or manufacturing engineer for medical devices. Ideally, I want to spend 2 to 5 years in such a position and hope to quickly climb the corporate ladder to someday acquire the position of a director of engineering or some equivalent role." - Full Interview

In the News

Up-and-coming med device firms exemplify industry's rise in West Michigan

November 25, 2018

The design changes, made at applied Medical Device Institute in Grand Rapids, improved camera images for the surgical trainer

Accelerating Development: Medical device firms turn to GVSU institute for R&D help

November 25, 2018

The Sterilogy system is one of many projects aMDI has worked on in just a few years

GVSU Students Develop Hand Sanitizing Product For Health Care Workers

November 09, 2018

The aMDI team that developed the system included graduate assistants, undergraduate students and a professor, Karl Brakora, from the School of Engineering

GVSU group develops system to reduce hospital infections

November 08, 2018

aMDI & Sterilogy develop hospital hygiene system

GVSU group develops system to reduce hospital infections and increase sanitation

November 08, 2018

The three-device system was designed for nurses, doctors and other health care workers who come in direct contact with patients

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