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Afinion Wins Medical Design Excellence Award

Carclo Technical Plastics today announced that Axis-Shield’s new Afinion point-of-care diagnostics platform has received a 2006 Medical Design Excellence Award.

Afinion is an innovative instrument for the quantitative diagnosis of HbA1c and CRP and other complaints.  Afinion uses a disposable plastic cartridge to carry a patient’s sample (urine, plasma or whole blood) and reagents through the machine.

The cartridge was designed and developed with the help of Carclo Technical Plastics which was selected as the manufacturing partner from a shortlist of Europe’s leading plastics engineering companies.  Carclo’s input included rapid prototyping, materials selection, optical design and modelling, liaison with suppliers of mould tooling and assembly equipment, risk analysis and product development prior to full commercial scale-up.  Carclo helped Axis-Shield deliver a highly successful project on time and to budget.  The production of the cartridge calls on Carclo’s core competencies of precision injection moulding and plastics engineering, optical moulding and two-shot moulding.

“We are proud and honoured to be associated with the Afinion programme,” said Martin Day, Sales & Marketing Director for Carclo Technical Plastics.  “Afinion is a truly innovative product which has deservedly been recognised by the MDEA judges.  The project faced a number of challenges however it is an enormous credit to all members of the project team that the Afinion cartridge was designed, developed and brought to market on time and to budget.”

The Medical Design Excellence Awards competition is organised and presented by Canon Communications LLC (Los Angeles) and is the only awards program that exclusively recognises contributions and advances in the design of medical products.  Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials; user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices; features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient; and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.

A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, industrial design, medicine and diagnostics.

The 2006 Medical Design Excellence Awards winners will be honoured at a ceremony on 7 June during the Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East Conference and Exposition in New York.


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