Medical device innovation for the Intensive Care Unit

July 2, 2024

Together with Tianyi Medical, we are working on a concept for a high tech medical product for use on the ICU.

In an extremely mature market with strong competition and well-capitalized players, Spark, with a multidisciplinary team, is working on a new concept for a groundbreaking product for Tianyi Medical, a major manufacturer of dialysis equipment and disposals. This innovation played a crucial role in Tianyi's successful IPO on the Shenzhen Stock Exchange.

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Agile as a driving force

From the beginning, we embraced Agile principles to realize this challenging task:

Short design cycles with stakeholder involvement: We continuously involved key stakeholders and opinion leaders such as nephrology professors, specialized nurses, and technical staff from university hospitals in the design process. This has led to insights that user-friendliness and reliability of disposable installations are crucial for the effectiveness of treatment in the ICU.


Focus on ease of use and uptime: Instead of marginal improvements to the therapy itself, we focused on ease of use, installation speed, and the lifespan of disposables. This can significantly increase the treatment's uptime, providing direct benefits for the patients.


Iterative testing and application: We quickly created and tested prototypes, ranging from VR simulations to functional test systems. This allowed us to quickly discover what worked and what didn’t, and where to focus our efforts.

Success factors in rapid innovation

- Focus on the main risks and opportunities.

- Targeted tests and models that go hand in hand with development.

- An integrated vision where various aspects such as user-friendliness, technological innovation, clinical applicability, system architecture, and design for testing are developed together.

- A multidisciplinary team that constantly switches between disciplines and makes decisions on an integrated level.

This coordinated application of Agile principles enabled us to innovate quickly and effectively on a complex product, resulting in tangible benefits for patients and a significant impact on the medical industry. Our experience with Tianyi Medical demonstrates that Agile is not only relevant but essential for driving innovation even in the most mature markets.

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