Ximedica responds to the current ventilator shortage by sponsoring the CoVent-19 challenge

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

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Sr. Program Manager

The Senior Program Manager has a Bachelor of Science degree in an engineering discipline and 8+ years of experience in consumer product development, diagnostics and/or medical equipment and device development or its equivalent. Reporting to Head of Program Management, this individual manages and executes program direction in accordance with the client and development team goals. In addition, this individual has experience with leading and directing business development initiatives regarding specific clients. The Sr. Program Manager will be responsible for managing major/complex programs and leading various disciplines in executing the required deliverables. It is expected that these programs require discipline leaders and multiple team interfaces. The ability to interact with clients from project initiation through the entire development process is a must. The following key attributes are required:

• Flexibility to perform and manage a wide range of activities and willingness to “wear many hats”

• Outstanding people skills; friendly, confident, competent, great communicator, honest, and sincere

• Must be a dynamic personality and willing to work within a collaborative team environment

• Energetic, proactive self-starter who enjoys challenges and variety


• Client /Team Management responsibility including overall client satisfaction, profitability, etc. and that client program is maintained. Awareness of client satisfaction level and client needs for differing levels of service.

o Maintain program oversight over all disciplines. Ensure individual discipline leaders are aware of client overall objectives and their responsibilities to the specific programs. Escalate any issues as appropriate to higher level management.

• Sound program management skills, including task scheduling, budget tracking,

o Develop and Maintain schedule, including resource needs to accomplish tasks.

o Ensure program profitability, and that proposal deliverables are completed on time and within budget

o Ensure program is compliant with the Ximedica product development process, including Ximedica’s SOP’s guidelines.

o Ensure that any out of scope work is approved by either the client and/or internally.

o Advocate and maintain appropriate resource loadings needed to maintain project deliverables, including budget and schedule.

o Conduct post-mortem with team members and appropriate senior management on each phase during the program

• Ability to organize and communicate high-level presentations to clients, clinicians, and participating teams, as necessary

o Develop with team, appropriate presentations of activities during each phase of program. Ensure that each presentation is reviewed internally by management prior to submitting to client/other.

o Maintain day-to-day relationships with client companies o Submit weekly project status dashboards to internal management and/or client.

o Ensure meeting agendas are submitted prior to and utilized during meetings.

• Demonstrated ability to direct and manage resources, make decisions, solve problem, exercise good judgment & flexibility and maintain budgets and schedule

o Ensure that each team member is aware in writing the time (work effort and duration) allotted for activities.

o Coordinate all aspects of program activities, between the client and Ximedica industrial design, engineering, quality, regulatory, testing, documentation, etc.

• Ability to communicate with vendors and to proactively monitor internal resources to ensure all products are developed within cost targets and delivered on schedule

• Ensure Ximedica is meeting the needs of the client and that the device will be successful in the marketplace Medical Specific:

• Familiarity in the design of complex medical capital equipment as well as disposable devices

• Familiarity with appropriate FDA, QSR, and ISO regulations: design controls, document controls, design verification and validation, hazard analysis techniques, regulatory approval methods, and overall medical device industry knowledge

• Manage the design and development of complex electro-mechanical medical devices and equipment

Other experience:

• Experience with Agile product development processes and tools

• Experience with a variety of manufacturing processes, including injection molding of plastics, machining methods, rapid prototyping techniques, sheet metal fabrication, etc.

• Experience in leading concept generation activities.

• Understanding of Human Centered Industrial Design & Usability research activities and their interface with engineering.

• Understanding of mechanical engineering development processes, utilizing 3D CAD or related engineering software techniques

• Understanding of electronics and software development

• Understanding of Voice of the Customer and User Needs research activities and processes.

Senior Research and Development Engineer

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