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applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) to Host Additional Lunch and Learn Event

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Accelerating the transfer of new technologies from Michigan’s institutions of higher education, hospital systems and nonprofit research centers to the private sector, is at the heart of several early stage programs supported by the Michigan Economic Development Corporation Entrepreneurship & Innovation initiative.

This discussion will review several MEDC programs that support the commercialization of medical device and healthcare innovation from proof of concept, to translational research, to startups and industry collaboration. Information will provide details on matching funding available, support services such as mentors in residence and industry collaborations. 

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applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) Awarded Additional Local Funding

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The aDMI has been awarded a grant from the Grand Rapids SmartZone Local Development Finance Authority (LDFA) to support student, faculty and staff projects that focus on the development of medical devices. Funds will allow those involved with the aMDI to work alongside two local technology companies in developing these devices, and creating plans for their manufacturing and sale. The aMDI continues to serve as an example of a well-conceived, efficient launching ground for innovation in medical technology. 

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applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI) Continues Growth, Hires Two Additional Graduate Assistants


Continuing institutional growth seen in 2017, the applied Medical Device Institute (aMDI), a division of the Padnos College of Engineering and Computing at Grand Valley State University, has hired two additional graduate assistants. Aldo Fanelli and Joshua Edgcombe, filling the positions of Mechanical Engineer and Computer Engineer, respectively, have begun their tenure at the aMDI as of this month. Both are students in Grand Valley’s Articulated M.S.E./B.S.E. program. 

Aldo and Joshua join a current staff of nine undergraduate and graduate students, including three hires from the previous semester. The aMDI is also conducting dialogue with the Padnos College regarding the potential hiring of a full-time laboratory supervisor, as well as a postdoctoral research associate to assist with robotic surgery modeling, simulation and analysis. More information will be released at a later date.

Since its conception in the fall of 2016, the aMDI has provided unique opportunities and experiences to Grand Valley Students, allowing them to build skillsets that will assist them in securing employment following their graduation. The high-intensity focus of the aMDI is what separates it from similar institutions in the West Michigan health care sector. For more information, contact Janis Coleman-Plouff by email at

How Does The GVSU aMDI Help Entrepreneurs Negotiate The FDA Approval Process?

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What does it take for a medical device to get approved by the Federal Drug Administration for commercialization? Brent Nowak, PhD, executive director of the Applied Medical Device Institute of Grand Valley State University, explains how the process works.

Nowak is interviewed on this segment of M2 TechCast by Keith Brophy, state director of the Michigan Small Business Development Center, part of a monthly series where Brophy highlights companies and resources available for entrepreneurs through this SBA-backed organization.

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Applied Medical Device Institute launches female catheter

An external catheter for female hospital patients may be available in the next year, and it will have been created and developed in Grand Rapids.

Brent Nowak said the uCol is one of a handful of medical devices the new applied Medical Device Institute, where he serves as executive director, is working on with its partners.

The aMDI has been operating for just over a year but became an official unit of Grand Valley State University earlier this year. It is housed on the fifth floor of the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences.

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First applied Medical Devices Institute comes to GVSU

Grand Rapids is known for many things. From craft beers to diverse museums and a continually growing healthcare industry, businesses related to these industries are moving to West Michigan in search of a new and engaged market.

After being approved a year ago following increased interest from the community, Brent Nowak, director of the first applied Medical Devices Institute (aMDI) in West Michigan has been working to serve the healthcare community of the greater Grand Rapids area.

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New center will bring medical devices to market

A new institute at Grand Valley is supporting Grand Rapids' growing medical research and biomedical industries by bringing medical device inventions to market. 

The applied Medical Devices Institute (aMDI) — a first of its kind in West Michigan — provides access to researchers, engineers, medical professionals, and business and entrepreneurial professionals. It uses an integrated approach that includes intellectual property, business review and mentoring. The center is located in the Cook-DeVos Center for Health Sciences. 

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