Ximedica Partners with KeborMed to Enhance Their Connectivity Capabilities with a Complete Turnkey Solution

Ximedica and KeborMed announced today that they have entered into a partnership to offer Ximedica customers a new and complete turnkey solution to launching and supporting connected medical devices, in a streamlined, faster and more affordable manner.

“We are excited to partner with KeborMed to enhance our capabilities in the development of connected medical solutions,” said Michael Pereira, President and COO of Ximedica. “We are seeing enormous demand from our clients for the rapid implementation of connected medical devices, particularly as a result of the Covid-19 pandemic dramatically accelerating the development of telehealth and remote patient monitoring solutions. Adding KeborMed’s capabilities to our offering will significantly change how fast we can move from prototype to a fully deployed connected medical solution.”

Read full article: https://rb.gy/ellhhy

Congratulations to Lisa Carmel, VP of Strategy who was named as Ten Women Leaders Breaking the Glass Ceiling. The organization lobbies to enact the legislation in California which mandates that all public companies have female representation on their boards.

Read the full article by Marin Magazine: https://rb.gy/4xxmam

At Ximedica, we support inclusivity and condemn all forms of racism and discrimination. We hope for and support positive change that can lead to healing in our communities. 

The past weeks have been a reminder that while we are all focused on keeping our loved ones safe and healthy, there continues to be societal inequalities that can only be changed by listening, reflection and ultimately action.  There are folks at all levels of Ximedica that have personally expressed support to use this moment to do all three.

We are committed to providing a fair and inclusive environment for you, our greatest assets. To kick-off our efforts, we are establishing a Diversity & Inclusion Council chaired by Michelle Wu, Senior Vice President of Operations and Steve Snow, Vice President of Human Resources. This council will consist of multi-disciplinary peers across all levels of our company and will be tasked with reviewing Ximedica’s inclusion practices throughout the company. The council will bring visibility to Ximedica’s efforts and continue to drive tangible action. 

To begin, the council will:

  • establish the charter for the council including rules, timing, etc. 
  • examine our current practices around diversity and inclusion
  • conduct a review of current Ximedica policies and procedures related to diversity, recruitment practices advancement and inclusion
  • provide training in this area including Unconscious Bias training 
  • implement a matching donation program for any employee who contributes to a cause of their choice 

There are no perfect answers and actions because these issues have been generational and deep, but we cannot truly heal our communities unless we move forward in a positive way. The energy coming from our Ximedica family is inspiring. We are a group who thrive on actions and solutions.  It will take all of us to move forward together and we all are accountable to do our part so that as an organization we can deliver on these initiatives, and experience positive outcomes we can be proud of both as Ximedicans and as citizens. 


Robert Brown, Chief Executive Officer 

Michael Pereira, President & COO

Michelle Wu, Senior Vice President of Operations

Steven Snow, Vice President of Human Resources

Mark Cole, Senior Vice President of Sales & Marketing

PROVIDENCE, RI--Ximedica is delighted to announce the sponsorship of the CoVent-19 Challenge.  The CoVent-19 Challenge team is working with private and public sector partners to to expedite U.S. government approvals of a ventilator design to address the ventilator shortage amidst the COVID-19 crisis. The team has made available experts in regulatory assurance and safety testing to ensure all products meet U.S. and international standards. 

The scale and magnitude of the fast-moving virus has highlighted the inability to meet demand of key supplies in a pandemic by the current U.S. healthcare system and others around the world. A dozen Boston area anesthesiology residents have launched an eight-week hackathon to design a rapidly deployable, minimum viable mechanical ventilator for patients with COVID-19-related complications in need of a ventilator. Ximedica also saw the need to accelerate innovation in the ventilator space and offered resources and support to the anesthesiologist residents to help define and design a rapidly deployable minimum viable ventilator. Ximedica’s cross-functional medical device development team helped define the requirements for the minimum viable ventilator and is mentoring teams throughout the challenge in order to bring solutions to the market and save patients’ lives as soon as possible.

”As with many other organizations, we felt the need to join in the efforts to make a tangible impact now,” says Michael Pereira, President & COO. “Our team of medical device experts are dedicated to making a difference and we are proud to help.”

The CoVent-19 Challenge provides millions of engineers and designers an opportunity to help with the ventilator crisis. The challenge began April 1st and judges will evaluate the designs based on safety, reliability, speed to market, and manufacturability. Finalist teams will work with medical and technical experts through a four-week invitation-only round to develop and test functional prototypes. 

Ximedica is a leading product development company offering end-to-end solutions with deep expertise across a wide range of disciplines with over 30 years of experience and hundreds of satisfied clients in healthcare with the ability to launch products faster with higher market adoption. We use a human-centered, integrated process to create medical products that are thoughtfully designed, approved, manufactured and ultimately delivered to market. Ximedica is headquartered in Providence with additional locations in Minnesota, Hong Kong, Philadelphia and San Francisco

Also published to PR Newswire: https://www.prnewswire.com/news-releases/ximedica-responds-to-the-current-ventilator-shortage-by-sponsoring-the-covent-19-challenge-301042304.html

NEMIC was created because our Founders saw too many medical technologies getting stuck in the "Valley of Death." This was due to a many different reasons, usually on the business side, that marked the technology currently un-fundable. Ximedica, a Rhode Island based FDA registered product developer, would run into the same complications when potentially partnering with startups.

Ximedica became one of NEMIC's Founding Partners to help support the startups that they could not partner by suggesting they come to NEMIC and round out their business plans and raise funds. Vice President of Innovation at Ximedica, Joe Gordon, joins us this episode to share Ximedica's capabilities, how they work with clients, and the synergy between Ximedica and NEMIC.

Listen to the podcast, please visit: https://www.nemicenter.com/podcast-1/2020/2/14/med-tech-monday-startups-leveraging-consultants-lh4lp-9jetg-w5bdg

To our clients,

The health and well-being of our clients, vendors, employees, and communities are top concerns for Ximedica, and we are closely monitoring the COVID-19 health situation that is currently impacting our global community.

As we continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation, we are following guidance from local and federal authorities. Many of our Ximedica employees and contractors that can work remotely are working from home. Ximedica has remote access and online collaboration tools (including video conferencing) in place so that meetings and access to electronic files and work are securely and remotely available to our teams. Those that are able to work in the office and have specific work that requires their presence have access to our facilities. Our employees will not be traveling without special internal approval.

Our facilities remain open.  Our Facilities’ teams are cleaning/sanitizing our buildings. This includes wiping down commonly touched surfaces, such as light switches and door handles, with alcohol-based solutions multiple times a day.

We request that our clients similarly leverage having remote meetings wherever possible instead of coming to Ximedica’s facilities.  If the meeting requires a review of prototypes, testing equipment or other activities that require physical presence, Ximedica will continue to collaborate at our facilities as teams are available.  If you have specific questions related to a visit, please contact your Project Manager directly.

Similarly, as we advise our employees, if you have any symptoms or knowingly have been exposed, please cancel any visits. If visiting our facilities, we encourage you to continuously monitor the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) website for any information related to best practices when in meetings.   In addition, we encourage you to take basic preventative measures as outlined by the World Health Organization.

If there is any impact to your programs in the coming weeks and possibly months, our program management and management team will let you know as soon as we know the potential impact.

Ximedica is committed to limiting the spread of this virus and safeguarding the health of the greater community. We ask for your understanding in the event that any of the above causes disruption or inconvenience.

Ximedica was recently featured in ONdrugDELIVERY’s August 2018 issue, “Industrialising Drug Delivery.” In the article, Ximedica’s Director of Systems Engineering, Beth Blackburn, details the pitfalls and potential solutions in setting down requirements early in device development to ensure a product’s successful commercialization. (more…)

Ximedica was recently featured in Insight Success’ “10 Most Recommended Pharma and Biotech Solution Providers 2018.” CEO Randy Barko was interviewed for the cover story, which illuminates how Ximedica is empowering healthcare with our innovative process, and also discussed what sets us apart from the competition. (more…)

Ximedica was recently featured in Insights Success, an online platform firmly focused on promoting business solutions, products, services, and the latest technological advancements.

The article, titled “Ximedica: Empowering Healthcare with Living Innovation®,”focuses on the organization’s growth over the past three decades and describes how Ximedica improved their diagnostic and MedTech innovations. Insights Success also explored theXimedica’s rapid geographical expansion, describing how the organization has continued to build impeccable products and strengthen its market presence in both the U.S. and abroad. (more…)

Dec 12, 2017

Providence, RI - Ximedica announced today the organization will be continuing our partnership with MedTech Innovator for their 2018 MedTech Innovator Showcase and MedTech Innovator Competition. The competition will be held in conjunction with AdvaMed’s MedTech Conference, September 24th through 26th in Philadelphia.

The call has been made for startup and emerging-growth companies to apply to the 2018 competition by January 26th. Nearly 600 completed applications were submitted for the 2017 competition, and MedTech Innovator is anticipating a record-breaking number of submissions for the high-profile program in 2018. During the competition held at the AdvaMed MedTech Conference in San Francisco this past September, an audience of industry leaders selected Day Zero Diagnostics as the 2017 grand-prize winner of $350,000. Applications are reviewed by more than 150 executives and professionals from dozens of leading manufacturers, providers, and investors, including Ximedica for the second year in a row. (more…)

Nov 08, 2017

Tara Ebsworth, a Mechanical Engineer for Ximedica, is the recipient of a Tech10 Award in the tech leadership category.

Tech10 recognize the individuals and companies driving innovation, education, and growth across Rhode Island’s technology ecosystem. Established in 2011, Tech10 is the opportunity for Rhode Island’s business and technology community to nominate its exceptional champions: employees, colleagues, clients, and partners. All are fostering Rhode Island’s technology innovation, passion, and success. (more…)

Nov 07, 2017

Maximizing the impact of the grand prize with mentorship insights

November 3, 2017

Los Gatos, CA – Boston-based Day Zero Diagnostics was awarded the top prize at the 2017 MedTech Innovator Global Competition on September 26, 2017. The competition was held at this year’s MedTech Conference, powered by AdvaMed in San Jose, CA. Ximedica worked closely with Day Zero Diagnostics, to advise them on maximizing the value they provide to the healthcare industry with their antibiotic resistance testing. Mentorship from Ximedica, including consultations on how to de-risk the program and implement a systems approach to product development, assisted them in their win. (more…)

Jul 06, 2017

LOS GATOS, CA (July 6, 2017) - XimedicaDx, formerly known as Accel Biotech, is proud to unveil their comprehensive rebranding, which is officially being revealed at the 69th AACC Clinical Lab Expo in San Diego. The change comes in alignment with their acquisition by Ximedica, a leading full service medical technologies development firm, in July of 2016. XimedicaDx maintains Accel Biotech’s comprehensive experience and expertise in in-vitro diagnostics and life science product development as Ximedica’s Diagnostics Center of Excellence.

“We’re excited for the chance to showcase our Dx teams’ expertise in microfluidics, optics, automation, and robotics along with the Ximedica brand of human-centric design, technical sophistication, and risk adverse regulatory rigor,” says Tracy MacNeal, President of XimedicaDx. “These combined strengths will bring a cost effective development approach and a high-value customer experience that is reflective of our brand promise.” (more…)

Jun 12, 2017

LOS GATOS, CA (June 1, 2017) – Ximedica announced on Thursday that with immediate effect, in addition to her continuing corporate responsibilities, Tracy MacNeal will be taking over leadership of Ximedica’s Diagnostic Center of Excellence as President of XimedicaDx (formerly Accel Biotech).

“The Dx team is a passionate group with incredible capabilities in diagnostics technology. As XimedicaDx, together we can participate in a whole new level of project in Diagnostics, and as we grow our market share, our Dx team will go to a whole new level of accomplishment,” says Tracy MacNeal, President of XimedicaDx. “I’m excited about this new chapter for the whole Ximedica team.”

Tracy will lead the Dx team to enhance revenue growth, employee fulfilment, profitability, client satisfaction, and overall culture. (more…)

Jun 07, 2017

Have you heard? Accel Biotech is becoming XimedicaDx – Ximedica’s Diagnostics Center of Excellence!

Accel Biotech was acquired by Ximedica in 2016 and the full integration allows for an expanded presence in diagnostics and life science, in addition to Ximedica’s expertise in medtech product development.

We are excited to unveil XimedicaDx and we hope you continue to follow us on social media @ximedica (more…)

Jun 01, 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI (June 1, 2017) - Ximedica was recently named as one of the 2017 Best Places to Work in Rhode Island, an annual list of the Best Places to Work in Rhode Island sponsored by Providence Business News and Best Companies Group. This statewide survey and awards program is designed to identify, recognize and honor the top 60 best places of employment in Rhode Island, benefiting the state’s economy, workforce and businesses. (more…)

Apr 12, 2017

In November of 2014, SV Life Sciences, a Boston-based private equity firm, acquired a majority stake in Ximedica, enabling the company to execute its growth strategy.

SV Life Sciences recently featured Ximedica CEO Randy Barko and the company on their website.

“Although there are many companies doing outsourced device R&D, most are small – groups of good engineers who’ve set up shop and built $1 – 2 million in revenue,” says SV managing partner Paul LaViolette. “But Ximedica was different. It had a 20-year history. The company had reached significant revenue, achieved profitability and overcome myriad barriers that prevent most companies from achieving such scale…we helped the Ximedica team think bigger and we enabled them to shine. This management team has immense capacity.” (more…)

Mar 24, 2017

Accel Biotech, a Ximedica company, will be exhibiting at the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Annual Meeting from April 1-5, 2017 in Washington, DC.

Accel will be displaying an example of their work in the oncology space, ApoCell’s ApoStream system.

Advances in technology are putting circulating tumor cells (CTCs) at the forefront of cancer research. The ApoStream enables molecular and biological investigation of these CTCs.

Visit booth #1056 at the AACR Annual Meeting to see the instrument and learn more about Accel’s collaboration in the system design. (more…)

Mar 20, 2017

PROVIDENCE, RI & PLYMOUTH, MN (March 20, 2017) – XIMEDICA, the leading medical technologies development firm today announced that it will relocate its Minneapolis office to a new space in Plymouth, MN. The move will accommodate continued local staff growth and provide a stronger presence in the Midwest with a more flexible and accessible venue for meetings, product demonstrations and events, capitalizing on a vibrant medical device community. The move is effective March 20, 2017.

“The relocation comes as a result of the company’s extraordinary growth over the past few years, with our most recent acquisition of Accel Biotech, based in Los Gatos, CA, and our past acquisition of Bridge Design in San Francisco. We’re proud to say Ximedica’s workforce has increased to employing 270 people across the U.S. and in Hong Kong,” says Randall S. Barko, Ximedica’s President and Chief Executive Officer. (more…)

Mar 06, 2017

Elodie Sollier-Christen, Vortex Biosciences, was selected as the 2017 Innovation Award Winner at SLAS2017 in Washington, DC, for her presentation, Vortex Biosciences Technology for Fast and Label-Free Isolation of Circulating Tumor Cells from Blood Samples.

Vortex Biosciences has developed VTX-1, a fast and simple platform to isolate and collect intact circulating tumor cells (CTCs) directly from whole blood in less than 1.5 hours.

The team started with a technology developed in the lab of Professor Dino Di Carlo at UCLA. Vortex Biosciences was formed in 2012 to commercialize the technology. (more…)

Mar 01, 2017

Ximedica client Accelerate Diagnostics has been granted FDA clearance to market the Accelerate Pheno™ system and Accelerate PhenoTest™ BC kit for identification and antibiotic susceptibility testing of pathogens directly from positive blood culture samples. (more…)

Feb 07, 2017

On January 21 - 22, 2017 Ximedica team members Tara Ebsworth, Farzanah Ausaluth, Ayan Bhandari, Marina Aldarondo and Mark Guarraia attended Yale’s Healthcare Hackathon, an event also sponsored by Ximedica.

In just 24 hours, team members partnered with scientists, engineers, clinicians and other designers to build compelling ideas that increase patient experience and provider engagement. Director of Industrial Design Mark Guarraia served as a judge for the event, which drew attendees from all over the world.

Mechanical Engineer Tara Ebsworth’s group took home first place in the “Imaging/Radiology” category for their concept, Ultrasound Unchained. Human Factors Industrial Designer Ayan Bhandari also worked as a mentor for participating attendees. (more…)

Jan 23, 2017

Accel Biotech, a Ximedica company, is heading to Washington DC this February to exhibit at SLAS2017. This international conference and exhibition put on by the Society for Laboratory Automation and Screening (SLAS) will be an exciting opportunity to meet some of our team and explore innovation in lab automation.

We will be showcasing our AsysTekTM Product Family, our flexible and scalable automation products that provide solutions for a wide variety of applications. Come talk to us about how these products, coupled with our experienced team, can accelerate your product development.

Join us at SLAS2017 and be part of the excitement surrounding this world-class scientific event where global leaders from life sciences discovery and technology will come together in Washington, DC from February 4 – 8. (more…)

Jan 17, 2017

The Yale Center for Biomedical Innovation & Technology (CBIT) will host its fourth annual healthcare hackathon, held Jan. 20-22, 2017, at the Yale School of Medicine. In collaboration with the Yale School of Medicine Department of Radiology and Biomedical Imaging, the theme of this year’s hackathon is “Re-engineering Patient Experience and Provider Engagement,” with special tracks on the Future of Medical Imaging, and Process Redesign. Ximedica is a Silver Sponsor of the event. As in years past, the event will draw about 350 participants, mentors, judges, speakers, and volunteers ranging from engineers, scientists, designers, clinicians, entrepreneurs, students, patients, and hospital administrators from across the US and globally, with the shared goal of coming together and developing innovative solutions to some of healthcare’s biggest challenges. (more…)

Dec 09, 2016

On Sunday, December 11th, Ximedica will sponsor a Community MusicWorks hour-long interactive holiday concert, “Songs of Darkness and Light,” at the RISD Museum’s Metcalf Auditorium at 3 PM. (more…)

Nov 30, 2016

Nancy Morales, Ximedica’s Receptionist & HR Assistant, was recently featured in a alumni video for Year Up Providence. Morales, a 2013 graduate of the program, was interviewed at the Ximedica Providence office and shared her experience in the workforce with viewers.

Nov 29, 2016

Ximedica was honored by the Providence Business News Awards for their business leadership during PBN’s 16th annual Business Excellence Awards program on November 17th. During the dinner and awards program at the Providence Marriott, Ximedica was recognized for their excellence at a mid-size company with a short video.

Nov 18, 2016

On November 17th, Ximedica was honored by the Providence Business News Awards for their business leadership during PBN’s 16th annual Business Excellence Awards program. During the dinner and awards program at the Providence Marriott, Ximedica was recognized for their excellence at a mid-size company. (more…)

Nov 16, 2016

Bill Evans, SVP of Innovation for Bridge Design, a Ximedica Company, recently served as co-chair of the Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA) Medical Design Conference in San Francisco Nov. 11 and 12. (more…)

Nov 14, 2016

Ximedica’s Human Factors Industrial Designer Ayan Bhandari will be presenting at the DESIGNxRI Clambake to be held on Wednesday, November 16th from 6 - 8 pm in Providence. DESIGNxRI Clambake is a gathering for designers, creatives, those who like design and those who want to know more. The Clambake is also an opportunity to meet presenters from different design disciplines and different phases of their career. The presentations are generally 15 minutes followed by Q&A.

Oct 14, 2016

For the second time this year, Ximedica will be honored by the Providence Business News Awards for their business leadership during 16th annual Business Excellence Awards program, taking place on November 17th. Ximedica will be recognized for their excellence at a mid-size company.

John E. Taylor Jr., the chairman of Twin River Worldwide Holdings Inc., is scheduled to be the keynote speaker at the November 17th event, which will be held at the Providence Marriott from 5:30 – 8 pm.

Read the full announcement here. (more…)

Sep 29, 2016

​Ximedica recently took top honors as one of the “Fastest Growing” companies in RI and “Most Innovative” companies in the Biotechnology and Life Sciences Category.

In an article posted on September 23rd regarding the event, PBN noted that Ximedica has “had significant growth over the last two years, both in terms of revenue and employment…but growth doesn’t dilute Ximedica’s trademark characteristic – an attention to detail that ensures a marketable product’s safety and reliability, as well as usefulness.”

For the full article, please visit the PBN website. (more…)

Sep 22, 2016

PROVIDENCE, RI (Sept. 22, 2016) – XIMEDICA, a leading full service medical technologies development firm, today announced its strategic partnership with Cambridge MedSpace. Located in the heart of Cambridge, Massachusetts the concept for MedSpace is the brainchild of MIT researcher Nevan Hanumara who recognized that, while the Boston-Cambridge area is a hub for innovation, there was an opportunity for an incubator space and community focused specifically on empowering healthcare technology innovators and Ximedica and Cambridge MedSpace, together, are dedicated to filling this need.

Says Hanumara, “We know that healthcare technologies face unique challenges; particularly the standards of the FDA, alongside the usual business and technology hurdles, which puts a burden on timelines and funding. With Ximedica as our lead partner, our idea is to create a highly focused environment, with specialized resources and expertise, to enable technology validation, de-risking and acceleration.” (more…)

Sep 09, 2016

Ximedica’s User Experience & Design Researcher Meredith Schwartz will be lending her talents to the Women in Design Panel as part of Design Week RI. Design Week RI is the annual showcase and celebration of design in Rhode Island. Also representing Ximedica is Mechanical Engineer Tara Ebsworth, who sits as Co-head of the event planning committee. (more…)

Aug 31, 2016

Ximedica is looking forward to being honored at the Providence Business News’ (PBN) 5th Annual Fastest Growing & Most Innovative Awards Dinner and Ceremony on Wednesday,September 21st from 5:30 – 8 pm at the Crowne Plaza’s Garden Pavilion in Warwick, RI. (more…)

Aug 31, 2016

Although women are vastly outnumbered by men in technical jobs, there is no shortage of strong women leaders at Ximedica.

For their Summer edition, Lincoln School interviewed Ximedica’s Director of Human Resources and Lincoln alum, Stephanie Chamberlain. Chamberlin notes the unique opportunities alumnae networks provide including a pool of talented candidates that include other Ximedica employees and alumni including Director of Communications Hope Hopkins ‘96, Human Resources Administrator Amy Greene Quadrini ‘88, Systems Engineer Jessica Claflin ‘09, Marketing Coordinator Christina Apostal ‘01, and Associate Biomedical Engineer Hayley Lough ‘12. (more…)

Aug 29, 2016

On October 16, 2016, Ximedica’s Susan Dacey will be recognized as a 2016 Adult Honoree at the Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation of America’s (CCFA) Take Steps RI Walk on October 16th in Providence. For years, Sue suffered with mysterious symptoms until she was finally diagnosed with Crohn’s Disease at the age of 26. After many painful surgeries, procedures and various forms of treatments, Sue has learned to manage the disease and finds hope in advocating for others who live with it. (more…)

Aug 01, 2016

On Tuesday, June 14th, the Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) recognized 27 innovative medtech products in NYC as part of a special ceremony. (more…)

Jul 14, 2016

Ximedica acquires Accel Biotech; Creates an Enhanced Offering for Life Science and Biomedical Instrument Product Development and Manufacturing Solutions

PROVIDENCE, RI & LOS GATOS, CA (July 14, 2016) – XIMEDICA, a leading full service medical technologies development firm today announced that it has acquired Accel Biotech. Accel Biotech, based in Los Gatos, CA, expands Ximedica’s design and development offering into the In vitro Diagnostics, Life Science Laboratory Instruments and Disposables. The acquisition also expands Ximedica’s West Coast presence complementing last year’s addition of Bridge Design in San Francisco.

Jul 12, 2016

3Derm Inc., a Boston-based company and Ximedica client, has devised a digital imaging system, in conjunction with UMass Memorial Medical Center, to screen and identify potential skin cancers. (more…)

Jul 11, 2016

Aidan Petrie, Ximedica’s Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder, was recently interviewed for Electronic Engineering Times, the trade publication for the global EE community with a monthly circulation of 2 million. In the article, Petrie explains what it takes to be at the forefront of innovation in medical device design.

To read the full article, click here. (more…)

Jul 01, 2016

On June 2nd technology companies from across the U.S. gathered for Baylor Scott & White Health’s inaugural Digital Summit in Austin, TX. (more…)

Jun 27, 2016

The book provides a “how to” guide to developing a comprehensive global regulatory strategy for all types of medical devices. (more…)

Jun 27, 2016

In a blog titled “The Future of Devices is NOT in Devices (as we know them today)” Petrie explores the connected health ecosystem. An excerpted line reads “Connected health devices offer a relatively inexpensive route to creating higher value for the users of a particular device without changing the primary modes of use.” (more…)

Jun 01, 2016

Ximedica has renewed their 2016 Advamed Code of Ethics Certification. (more…)

May 23, 2016

On May 19th Medical Product Manufacturing News posted a blog by Ximedica UX & Interaction Designer Jeff McCloud, “Why You Should Care About a Plant on Twitter.” (more…)

May 16, 2016

Medical Product Outsourcing (MPO)‘s article published on May 6th focused on Developing Challenges in medical device design. (more…)

May 13, 2016

Randy Barko, President & CEO of Ximedica, was recently featured in Providence Business News’ “One Last Thing” segment. (more…)

May 13, 2016

Travis Beckerle, Senior Mechanical Engineer for Ximedica’s Minneapolis office has been appointed to the 2016 Medical Alley R&D Advisory Group. (more…)

May 02, 2016

The 2016 Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)‘s Medical Design Conference will be held Nov. 11–12, 2016 at the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF) Medical Center’s Mission Bay Conference Center (link is external), based in a new. 43-acre. life sciences campus for teaching and research.

Apr 06, 2016

Mark Guarraia, Director of Industrial Design at Ximedica, has been elected secretary of DESIGNxRI. DESIGNxRI is an initiative working to connect the broad design talent in Rhode Island, harness and join resources, and elevate awareness of the design community on a global scale.

Mar 30, 2016

We are pleased to announce that Bill Evans, IDSA, SVP of Innovation at Bridge Design, a Ximedica company, has been selected to chair the 2016 Industrial Designers Society of America (IDSA)’s Medical Design Conference. In addition to bringing on a new chair, the conference will move from its previous location on the East Coast to the West Coast this year. An announcement is pending on the official theme of the conference, which will focus on the practice and current methodologies in the design and development of medical technologies. (more…)

Mar 30, 2016

Research and development is the key to creating the next breakthrough in medical progress. With an aging population, people with disabilities living longer, and chronic disease growing at faster rates, now is the time for more—not less—resources to advance cures and treatments that help people live healthier, longer, and more independent lives. (more…)

Jan 28, 2016

Ximedica Team supports Titan Medical with SPORT™ Surgical System debut to investors in New York on January 20th.

Read all the coverage (more…)

Feb 24, 2016

On February 25th Ximedica will open its Providence office to aspiring women engineers by participating in the 15th Annual Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day. With the inspiring theme There’s An Engineer In Every Girl and the hashtags #GirlDay2016 #BringItOut, the event will connect one million girls with engineer role models for a hands-on empowering experience that shines a light on what engineering is all about and makes girls realize – hey, I can do this!

Feb 09, 2016

With an abundance of significant medical technology coming through the pipelines, one of the most widespread challenges we face is the lack of committed engagement and understanding of the value models across the continuum of care. Connected devices offer the promise…watch to hear more.

Sep 02, 2015

By Hope Hopkins

Originally published on Qmed

The traditional product development paradigm is being upended in the medtech sector as the benchmarks for usability increase and a growing number of medical devices incorporate consumer-technology–inspired features. The traditional lines between what constitutes a medical device and a consumer device are blurring, leading many established medtech firms to enlist the help of not just contract manufacturers, but contract product developers. (more…)

Aug 18, 2015

PROVIDENCE, RI & SAN FRANCISCO, CA (August 18, 2015) – XIMEDICA, a leading, full service, medical technologies development firm announced today that it has acquired Bridge Design. Bridge Design, based in San Francisco, CA, provides Ximedica with a West Coast hub and an expanded front-end offering of leading-edge design services for physical and digital products, including mHealth.

The acquisition sets the stage for the East-Coast MedTech innovator to enter the country’s foremost high-tech capital, creating a bi-coastal, one-stop-shop union that marries best in class expertise with that of its new subsidiary.

“This partnership has been formed to broaden the strength, reach and scale of Ximedica’s comprehensive development offering,” says Randall S. Barko, Ximedica’s Chief Executive Officer and President. “Ximedica brings the regulated systems, procedures and expertise to complement Bridge Design’s two-plus decades of award-winning design in MedTech. By combining these strengths, we bring high value to our clients, offering a cost-effective development approach and a depth of expertise aligned with industry trends for digitally connected solutions.” (more…)

May 18, 2015

As published in ConvergenceRI

Ximedica launches new division in interaction design, focused on connecting mobile device apps to health care, positioned to receive the stamp of regulatory approval

By Richard Asinof

PROVIDENCE – When it comes to marrying technology to health care, and connecting medical devices to patients’ experience and outcomes, Ximedica is one of the nation’s – and the world’s – leading design and engineering laboratories. It is here where the intricate details of new products get worked out with the precision to meet FDA standards. (more…)

May 08, 2015

Ayan Bhandari, Industrial Designer competed with a small diverse team to “hack” on pedestrian safety. Their winning design? A new motorbike seat that will prevent falling injuries and make transportation easier for women in Uganda. (more…)

May 04, 2015

Congratulations are in order for EuMotus, a trio of Harvard students who placed second in Harvard’s Dean’s Innovation in Sports Challenge. Their win provides funds and press attention to further their startup’s mission. EuMotus is developing BodyWatch, a hardware and software product that algorithmically tracks body motion, determines muscular imbalances, and suggests corrective exercises to alleviate these deficiencies. The group was co-founded by Henry Liu, Casey DiCesare, and Hao Yang. (more…)

Apr 28, 2015

PROVIDENCE, RI & MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN ( April 28, 2015) – As the use of digitally based technologies for patient/provider interaction has become ubiquitous, Ximedica, provider of comprehensive product development services to leading medical device and healthcare companies has added interactive design capabilities to its service offering.

Says Aidan Petrie, Chief Innovation Officer and Co-Founder, “Interaction design is the bridge between the coded world of technology and the people that have to use it to inform their health. As Ximedica works on novel technologies that are not only completing clinical tasks, diagnostics and therapeutics but are also providing data to any number of stakeholders patient providers, payers and administrators alike acquiring this expertise in-house is essential.” (more…)

Jan 23, 2015

Here’s a wearable unlike any you have ever heard of before: a device that connects to the tongue to stimulate the cranial nerves to help treat traumatic brain injury. The device, which is in development by Helius Medical Technologies (Vancouver) and Ximedica(Providence, RI), was inspired by the work of Paul Bach-y-Rita, an American neuroscientists who was a pioneer in the field of brain plasticity. (more…)

Jan 15, 2015

“Much of the focus of implants to date has been in vascular and circulatory. I think more time will start to be placed in the other systems - neural, musculature, and lymphatic,” predicts Pereira. “It all comes back to the driver of making the patient feel as ‘normal’ as possible.”

Dec 16, 2014

LifeScience Alley recently sat down with Randy Barko, CEO of member company Ximedica, to discuss some recent news from the company and to glean some insights from the world of medical technology product design today.

Ximedica, a full-service design firm specializing in medical technology products, is celebrating three years in Minnesota’s Medical Alley and as a member of LifeScience Alley. The company recently announced a recapitalization and is pursuing opportunities for national and international growth. Tell us a little bit about Ximedica - how it started and where the company is today. (more…)

Nov 11, 2014

PROVIDENCE – The morning after the election, on Nov. 5, SV Life Sciences, a Boston-based venture capital firm, announced that it had purchased the majority stake in Ximedica, one of Rhode Island’s most iconic knowledge economy firms. Terms of the deal were not disclosed.

Founded in 1985 [as the Item Group] by two RISD graduates, Aidan Petrie and Stephen Lane, Ximedica has often served as the poster child for Rhode Island’s emerging knowledge economy cluster, a company focused on the development and commercialization of medical devices. (more…)

Nov 05, 2014

PROVIDENCE, RI., November 5, 2014—Ximedica today announced that SV Life Sciences has acquired majority interest in the company from Co-Founders Stephen Lane and Aidan Petrie. Ximedica will maintain its headquarters in Providence, RI. President & CEO Randall S. Barko and the current management team will remain in place, and Aidan Petrie will continue in his role as Chief Innovation Officer. Paul LaViolette, Managing Partner and Chief Operating Officer at SV Life Sciences, will join as Chairman of Ximedica’s board. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Ximedica is a full service ISO 13485 certified and FDA registered product development firm that focuses exclusively on the development and commercialization of medical devices. As a trusted innovation partner for over 25 years, Ximedica deploys an integrated, user-centered process that provides clients with a commercialized product that achieves a strong return on investment, adoption, market share and customer satisfaction. (more…)

Sep 29, 2014

After several months of design and construction, Ximedica’s Minneapolis office has been expanded to include two new usability lab spaces. We are pleased to now offer on-site facilities for research, testing and evaluation. The new annex offers:

  • The latest technology including videoconferencing, videostreaming, and password protected Wi-Fi in all viewing rooms and usability labs
  • The ability to conduct studies and videostream back to clients in remote locations
  • Two usability laboratories equipped with one-way mirrors
  • A viewing room that comfortably seats 6-8 observers
  • Spacious design and work space connected to usability labs and viewing room for real-time collaboration
  • Conference rooms and private lounges


Sep 25, 2014

On September 25, DESIGNxRI named Aidan Petrie to its inaugural RI Design Hall of Fame during a celebratory gala. The awards have been established to recognize design impact globally and locally by Rhode Island designers. An independent jury selected four inductees based on their demonstration of superior design quality, leadership and impact. (more…)

Sep 10, 2014

Ximedica certifies adoption of the AdvaMed Code of Ethics on Interactions with Health Care Professionals. The code facilitates ethical interactions between Medtech Companies and Health Care Professionals to ensure that medical decisions are based on the best interests of the patient. (more…)

Sep 02, 2014

Daniel Weber joins Ximedica as a Program Manager, and will be based out of the Minneapolis office. He comes to Ximedica having spent 5+ years as an R&D Engineer leading projects for Boston Scientific, Medtronic and Edwards Life Sciences. (more…)

Jun 16, 2014

Ximedica’s work with Smith & Nephew on the RENASYS Soft Port is recognized as a finalist in the General Hospital Devices and Therapeutic Products category. The port offers patient comfort and increased versatility.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday, June 11, 2014 at MD&M East during the Medical Design Excellence Awards ceremony which will take place in New York City’s Jacob K. Javits Convention Center. (more…)

May 27, 2014


Ximedica, provider of comprehensive product development services to leading medical device, pharmaceutical, and healthcare companies, has announced significant additions to its Human Factors and product testing research capabilities. From upgrades to processes, the addition of four new observation rooms to its two U.S. locations, and the hiring of senior team members, Ximedica is poised to meet the increased industry need for Human Factors Evaluations that are tailored to the level of rigor required by clients and partners. (more…)

Apr 25, 2014

Growth of sales in life sciences robotics was in the double digits in 2013, according to the Robotics Industry Association (RIA). Global annual medical robotic revenues are currently about $4 billion, and are expected to continue to grow at a 12% annual clip, reaching $19.9 billion by 2019. RIA calls surgical robots “revolutionary tools” for surgeons that help transcend human limitations by providing reduced invasion (less trauma), tremor reduction, repeatability, precision and accuracy.

As a new technology advances, innovative thinking can refine performance. Such was the case for a group of researchers at Columbia University’s College of Physicians and Surgeons. Seeking to overcome the size, cost and dexterity issues of large, multiple-incision robotics systems, they envisioned a smaller, less-expensive, more nimble device that could perform MIS through a single port of entry into the body, and be moved among operating rooms as needed. The goal was to deliver the advantages of instinctive robotics controls on a compact platform that could be adapted to a wider variety of general surgery operations than is currently available. (more…)

Apr 15, 2014

Read Part I of this case study to learn about Titan Medical and Ximedica’s partnership for developing the SPORT Surgical System.

Design Begins with the User in Mind
Of paramount importance in medical device design is the user’s point of view. “Medical product development always has to start with the human needs and work from there into the engineering,” says Petrie. “The human component runs through Ximedica’s DNA due to our design-school origins. Our philosophy dovetails perfectly with the ‘FDA Waterfall Design Process’ [a development requirement for any medical device submission] that begins with user needs.” (more…)

Apr 10, 2014

Titan Medical Teams with Ximedica to Bring a Novel Robotic Surgical System to Life

Robotic surgery has become a widely-accepted medical procedure over the past decade, offered by an increasing number of hospitals worldwide. The tele-manipulator and software of robotics restore intuitive movement control to the surgeon, providing the right/left hand synchronicity that standard minimally invasive surgery (MIS) lacks…

Jan 30, 2014

ROCKAWAY, NJ – Medical Design Technology (MDT) has assembled a group of individuals from across the medical device design and manufacturing industry, including both OEMs and the companies that offer technologies and services to support them, that will advise on the editorial direction for the MDT brand.

“The individuals selected for this opportunity offer a representative slice of the entire industry from OEM to supplier to consultant to development firms,” said MDT Editor in Chief Sean Fenske. “This well-rounded group will provide comprehensive insights that will enhance our editorial focus. I greatly look forward to working with each and every member of this exceptional board.” (more…)

Oct 07, 2013

If it detects heart rhythm abnormalities, your iPhone is an ECG, says the FDA. With the FDA releasing their final rules for mobile medical app development, a number of self-proclaimed software geeks become the newly anointed medical device developers - having to abide by strict regulatory standards and guidance. (more…)

Sep 10, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I.- September 10, 2013 – Ximedica announced today the addition of Elizabeth Roche, formerly of frog Design (Munich) to its organization. Elizabeth possesses robust expertise in design research and the application of research findings to experience design and design strategy. Elizabeth brings experience with complex medical systems, consumer hygiene products and a deep global perspective stemming from research she conducted in emerging markets as well as years living and working in Europe.

“Elizabeth’s international experience in design research further builds on our research capability around the globe in creating market appropriate products and complements the Human Factors Engineering team well.” states Aidan Petrie, Chief Innovation Officer & Co-Founder. (more…)

Jun 04, 2013

PROVIDENCE, RI & MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL, MN - June 4, 2013 | Ximedica provider of comprehensive product development services to leading medical device makers and healthcare companies today announced the addition of three new members to its Human Factors Team, two of whom have most recently spent time at Medtronic.

Says Aidan Petrie, Chief Innovation Officer, “Ximedica continues to see tremendous growth and diversity in its program portfolio as more and more organizations move towards an integrated, user-centric development process. In support of these programs all of which benefit from the inclusion of human factors early and often through the process we made a strategic decision to add significantly to our Human Factors team, particularly in our Minneapolis office.” (more…)

Mar 05, 2013

PROVIDENCE, R.I., March 5, 2013 - Ximedica, provider of comprehensive product development services to leading medical device makers and healthcare companies, announced that it has relocated its Hong Kong headquarters to the Hong Kong Science and Technology Park, a world-class hub for innovation and technology in the heart of the city’s biotech industry.

“Our new location gives us access not only to state of the art facilities needed to develop medical and diagnostic products of the future in the fast growing China market but similarly an opportunity to forge collaborations with a network of partners from around the world,” says Michael Pereira, Ximedica’s VP of Program Development and Engineering. (more…)

Sep 11, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I., September 11, 2012 - Geoff Tuff, a Partner at Monitor, a member of its global Board and a leader of the firm’s innovation practice has joined Ximedica’s Advisory Board.

“Geoff’s focus has been in helping clients drive profitable top-line growth. The nature of his work spans the domains of corporate strategy, product strategy development and execution, organizational structure, training and tools. His involvement will help facilitate our efforts to continuously improve Ximedica’s offering to the medical device, drug delivery and consumer healthcare clients which we serve globally,” states Randall Barko, CEO, Ximedica. (more…)

Apr 09, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 9, 2012 - Ximedica, provider of comprehensive product development services to leading medical device makers and healthcare companies, today announced that it has named Randall S. Barko to serve as the company’s President & Chief Executive Officer. Barko succeeds Stephen Lane, Ximedica’s founding Chief Executive Officer. Lane will assume the role of Chairman and Chief Venture Officer focusing on adjacent growth opportunities. The new appointments will take effect immediately.

“I am extremely excited about the opportunity to lead the global team at Ximedica,” said Barko. “Since I have been deeply involved with Ximedica and other medical device manufacturers for my entire career, I appreciate the challenges and opportunities we, along with the rest of the Healthcare Industry, are facing today. (more…)

Apr 02, 2012

PROVIDENCE, R.I., April 2, 2012 —Ximedica today announced that it has been named as a supplier to a finalist product in the 2012 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. The honor comes in recognition of their work on Cohera Medical’s TissuGlu® Surgical Adhesive applicator.

Cohera Medical, Inc.® engaged Ximedica’s services to design and engineer an applicator that easily and effectively dispenses surgical adhesive intended to bond large planar flaps of tissue together after large flap surgeries like abdominoplasty. (more…)

Oct 05, 2011

The changes in hospital emergency department practices were developed in partnership with Ximedica, a Providence-based design company, the Michael J. Woods Institute, and Brigham and Women’s Hospital of Boston. (more…)

Sep 16, 2011

Cohera Medical demonstrates TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive*, a new strong, resorbable and biocompatible platform adhesive technology designed for adhesion of soft tissue layers inside the body.

*TissuGlu Surgical Adhesive is currently approved for sale in the European Union, it is not currently approved in the United States or any other country. (more…)

Jun 07, 2011

Ximedica, a full-service medical device product development firm, announced the opening of its regional office at the University Enterprise Laboratories (UEL) Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota. The new location marks the company’s third facility and will serve as a central hub for its healthcare client base in the Midwest. Ximedica maintains its corporate headquarters in Providence, Rhode Island and an office in Hong Kong to support its Asia supply-chain operations.

“Ximedica has always been a trusted partner to its clients,” said Stephen Lane, Chief Executive Officer and Co-Founder of Ximedica. “We have earned this by collaborating with them to deliver sophisticated medical devices built for today’s healthcare environment. By joining our clients in Minnesota —a community rich with medical device companies, leading academic research and clinical institutions—we are able to build upon this trust and grow together.” (more…)

Feb 03, 2011

Ximedica client, Cohera Medical was recently awarded the 2010 Frost & Sullivan Award for New Product Innovation of the Year for their TissuGlu® surgical adhesive. TissuGlu is a pioneer surgical adhesive that is easy to use, biocompatible and resorbable. Cohera’s line of TissuGlu adhesives and dispensers intend to revolutionize the surgical industry and will provide doctors with a strong, affordable option in place of superglue-type products and fibrin sealants. (more…)