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5 Highly Innovative Companies of 2018

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Apr 4, 2019 9:00:00 AM

Failure to innovate is not an option for any business that wants to survive. It's important to incorporate new technology but not at the expense of becoming distant from consumers. Companies that stay at the top of the pack in their respective industries display unconditional respect for this truth at every turn. Among the many new products that rose, fell, and flourished in the previous year,  companies with the most potential excelled at making consistently effective and productive changes in alliance with industry trends. Learn more about the most innovative companies that made a mark in 2018 for their creatively adaptive progress below.

 

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Google

No other company made a bigger and more dominant show of initiative in embracing the AI wave than Google. In the first half of 2018, Google had already announced confident plans to release a wide array of innovative product upgrades powered by machine learning technology including Google Assistant, Google Photos, Google Maps, and Gmail.

Apple

Underneath the larger-than-life legacy CEO Tim Cook has built upon the power of the iPhone, Apple's core innovative power is even more impressive when considering its contributions to the very microchip technology making its products possible. With the A12 Bionic, Apple produced a chip with nearly 7 billion transistors that grant it an unprecedented balance of energy efficiency and performance speed to contribute to all the devices it sits in.

Netflix

Far beyond just being content as a simple medium for late night movie binges, Netflix broke the innovation mold in 2018 by embracing its fundamental tech roots with fully user-personalized programming. Netflix successfully crossed the boundary of being a simple streaming service to reaching a new level of interactive entertainment.

Tesla

Tesla's overall sales grew by about 68% over the 2018 calendar year, with over 33% more cars sold in the fourth quarter than in all of 2017. Beyond being one of the most conversation-sparking names in the automotive and renewable energy industries today, Tesla has established itself as an innovation-fueled superpower determined to cover all its bases.

Amazon

Amazon has been no stranger to recognition for innovation throughout 2010s, and 2018 continued the trend for the cloud computing titan. CEO Jeff Bezos has been considered by many now to be the founder of the world's single most innovative tech company. New groundbreaking introductions last year included everything from Alexa Skill Blueprints serving families to enhanced cloud lock-in functionality serving enterprises.

Conclusion and Key Takeaway

In summary, 5 standout companies in 2018 that all led the charge in innovation were:

  1. Google
  2. Apple
  3. Netflix
  4. Tesla
  5. Amazon

Though they may have provided distinctly different things, each of these companies managed to hit the ideal innovation mark by both embracing future-oriented technology while preserving the importance of user-centric intuitiveness. If you'd like to learn more about realistic ways that you can implement some of the same strong tactics that continually contribute to the success of the innovative giants above, don't hesitate to read more from the Sanbor Medical blog. We're dedicated to helping medical device OEMs who are determined to provide high-quality medical products to the health care industry.

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Electromechanical Products: With You From Prototype to Full Scale Production

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Mar 26, 2019 9:00:00 AM

You've been checking off those boxes one by one. Research & Development: Check.

No one has made this product before, and you're excited to help make the world of medtech a little better for both patients and health care providers. The numbers have been crunched and you are ready to go to launch. Just a few more checkboxes remain.

We're here to help you check the rest of those boxes off by offering our expertise and experience to help you bring your new medical device to market.

 

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Overview

Once you decide to partner with us, we assign you to one of our skilled Project Managers who will immediately begin working on your personalized project plan. Our engineering team will review your drawings and documents in detail to ensure they are complete and ready to go.  A timeline will be created and we will then begin the process of securing the tooling (if required) and materials for your project. Advancing only with your satisfaction, we will start producing your first articles for approval.

First Article Approval

First article approval is a process that helps us ensure the production processes described are accurate for full scale production. If anything needs to be addressed and/or adjusted, we will walk you through the entire process in preparation for the next stage: Pilot Production Run. 

This is where your idea truly comes alive. You are just one step away from launching your revolutionary product. 

Every Detail, Handled

We handle the details while you focus your efforts on other areas of your launch. This will be a remarkable event and you want everything to go just right. After a successful pilot run, when you're ready, we will help you ramp up to full scale production, growing as needed. Every step of the way, we will be there for you, celebrating your success.

If you have a product you're considering bringing to life, or just want more information, feel free to contact us for a consultation today!

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Medical Device Design Trends for the Next Five Years

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Mar 7, 2019 10:00:00 AM

The medical industry is driven by patient needs, government oversight, and insurance coverage. This industry is growing quickly, but changing even quicker. 

Two emerging trends in the medical industry are the increase of single-use devices and real-time patient monitoring. Over the next five years, we anticipate seeing these trends continue to grow - but five years is a long time!

A Predicted Push Towards Single-Use Devices 

As medical device designs become more complex, high-level disinfection and sterilization become more complicated. The FDA has acknowledged that certain attributes make medical devices difficult to reprocess, including:

  • Hinges
  • O-rings
  • Rough surfaces
  • The inability to fully disassemble a device

When devices are not properly reprocessed, patient safety is comprised. Using a contaminated device is one way that hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) are transmitted.

HAIs affect the reputations of healthcare facilities and their finances. Facilities that are performing poorly due to certain HAIs lose Medicare funding. Put simply, single-use devices reduce the risk of HAIs. 

In addition, the sterile processing departments at many hospitals are understaffed. Single-use devices relieve some of the workflow from these burdened departments. 

The Expansion of Remote & Real-Time Patient Monitoring

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According to the American Diabetes Association, just over 30 million people have diabetes. This accounts for a little over 9% of the population. Medicare now covers continuous glucose monitors (CGMs) for people with diabetes who meet certain criteria. CGMs eliminate the need for blood sugar checks throughout the day. Patients are notified immediately of potentially dangerous blood sugar spikes or dips. Patients experience a greater quality of life by not having to stop their activities to check their blood sugar throughout the day. 

There are wearable devices that can measure up to eight vital signs in real-time, including heart rate, skin temperature, fall detection, and respiratory rate. These devices are wireless, can weigh only 11 grams, and have been cleared by the FDA for both home and hospital use. At night, patients can rest without being woken up for periodic vital checks. During the day, they can resume normal activities without interruption.

Remote monitoring and real-time monitoring are cost-effective because they catch irregular readings before they turn into emergencies. Costly interventions may be avoided, making these monitoring devices appealing to insurance companies.

 

Sources:

https://www.mpo-mag.com/contents/view_online-exclusives/2018-08-22/5-real-time-remote-patient-monitoring-trends/7970

https://www.beckershospitalreview.com/quality/sterile-processing-how-hospitals-can-maintain-patient-safety-amid-an-ever-changing-field.html 

Topics: medical devices, medical equipment, new product development, trends

Offshore Contract Manufacturing Companies: Two Big Reasons to Work with Sanbor Medical

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Feb 28, 2019 10:15:00 AM

When determining if you should manufacture your products overseas, it's critical to consider the risks. Along with many benefits, there are numerous challenges, including quality assurance, legal implications, understanding foreign cultures, time zone differences, and maintaining control of your brand. How can you mitigate these risks while taking advantage of all of the benefits of offshore manufacturing? Partner with a trusted contract manufacturing company. Consider two big reasons why Sanbor Medical is the ideal partner for offshore medical device manufacturing.

 

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Work with a U.S. Corporation that has offshore manufacturing but is headquartered in the United States

Working with a U.S. corporation means you have a project manager that is responsible for your product through every step of the manufacturing process. Your project manager acts as a liaison between you and factory personnel, so there are no language barriers or time zone issues. Here are a few more perks of working with a U.S. corporation.

  • High Quality. We maintain U.S. standards for our Manufacturing and Quality System environments. Your customers can rely on the quality of your products. Sanbor Medical built its first ISO Quality System in 1998, became ISO 9002 certified in 1999, and became ISO 13485 certified and FDA registered in 2005. It maintains current certifications and registrations.
  • Security. We understand the value of your intellectual property and have protocols in place to ensure its security.
  • Logistics. Slow delivery time is a major challenge of offshoring. However, Sanbor Medical handles all of your logistics from our Los Angeles, CA warehouse.

Lower Your Costs

Our customers not only benefit from low labor costs, but can experience lower tooling costs as well. Take advantage of our vetted group of local plastics suppliers and raw materials sources in Asia. Customers often find they are able to go from design to hardened steel tooling for little more than they would have paid for soft tooling in the U.S. or Europe. Lastly, our team suggests equivalent components to ensure you are making your product(s) as cost-effectively as possible. 

Bring your vision to life through low-cost offshore manufacturing plus the protections of working with a U.S. corporation. Talk to the team at Sanbor Medical

Topics: contract manufacturer, OEM, medical equipment, offshore manufacturing

Four Tips to Find Low-Cost Offshore Manufacturing

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Feb 20, 2019 9:00:00 AM

American companies employ around 14 million overseas workers. While we've seen many heated debates about offshoring in recent years, a few facts remain. Offshoring allows American companies to stay competitive in the global marketplace, and it lowers the price of products sold in the U.S. For example, Forbes estimates that iPhones could cost as much as $30,000 to $100,000 if manufacturing was moved back to the US. What about your innovative new product? Can you improve your profit margin and expand your market through offshoring? Most likely, the answer is yes. One of the biggest challenges you'll face in getting it to market, though, is finding the right manufacturer. Here are four tips to get you started.

 

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  1. Know what you need. What is your budget? What kind of turnaround time do you require? What type of market fluctuations are expected? 
  2. Create a short list. Do your research and develop a list of potential manufacturers. There are a lot of online resources available. For example, Global Sources is a Hong-Kong based media company that provides numerous resources, including information about the quality of the manufacturer. Online platforms such as ThomasNet, Maker's Row, MFG and Kompass, are also great sources for contacts. Trade shows that specialize in your type of product are valuable resources.
  3. Evaluate the pros and cons. Reach out to manufacturers on your short list and ask for quotes, price lists, or product samples. Don't simply go with the manufacturer that is the lowest cost. Narrow your list by evaluating each. Are they ISO-certified? Can they ship directly to customers? Is there a language barrier? Is it financially sound? What is their quality rating? 
  4. Consider using a US-based contract manufacturer. Evaluating the true quality of a company that's on the other side of the world is challenging. Skip that step by partnering with a U.S.-based corporation that can give you the cost savings of offshoring, combined with the security and convenience of working with a U.S. corporation. 

Sanbor Medical is a contract manufacturer, headquartered in Allentown, Pa., that provides low-cost offshore manufacturing for medical devices. We're a U.S. corporation with a wholly-owned, FDA audited, ISO-13485 certified manufacturing facility in China. Our team in Allentown takes care of all communication and interaction with our overseas facility for each customer, eliminating many of the challenges product designers face. There's a reason why manufacturing is one of the top four industries that employ overseas workers. Get the advantages of offshoring without the challenges. Contact our team for more information. 

Topics: medical outsourcing, offshore manufacturing

A Basic Explanation of Contract Manufacturing

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Feb 12, 2019 9:35:16 AM

Contract manufacturing is a specialized form of outsourcing. One business contracts with another business, which manufactures a specialized component or product formulation for consumers, such as in the food or pharmaceutical industries.  A large scale example of contract manufacturing occurs in the aviation industry, where companies such as GE, Pratt and Whitney, and Rolls Royce manufacture jet engines but rely on contract manufacturing agreements with different, smaller aviation companies. These companies then provide specialized parts and components for the jet engines.  

 

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Benefits of Contract Manufacturing in the Medical Device OEM Space

Within the medical device OEM industry, contract manufacturing offers businesses the ability to keep pace with the rapid technological advances in medical devices and bring new and needed products to market with greater efficiency, speed, and cost-effectiveness. 

Specialization

The medical device OEM industry spans a vast array of products, from patient-operated devices that are basic and small enough to be hand-held, to large, complex, electronic consoles designed for use by physicians and health care practitioners within a hospital or office setting.

Contract manufacturing allows the medical device company to find providers of highly sophisticated, specialized parts that are at the cutting edge of technology.  These parts are often crafted by a highly skilled labor force.  Rather than spending the time and money to invest in the labor force, manufacturing facilities, and quality assurance testing to create these specialized parts on their own, medical device OEMs can use contract manufacturers to provide these. This allows them to focus on bringing the final product to market.

Scale

Because of the nature of specialization, companies that provide contract manufacturing to larger businesses benefit from the economies of scale, both in labor and materials.  Thus, the contract manufacturer can often purchase bulk materials at a discounted price as well as supply finished, specialized parts faster.

Savings

The dual benefits of specialization and scale of the contract manufacturer offer the benefit of overall savings to the medical device OEM. Not only do they accrue savings on labor, materials, and facilities, but also by cutting the amount of time it takes to go from concept to finished product.

Topics: contract manufacturer, OEM, medical outsourcing

The Contract Manufacturing Quotation Process and its Requirements

Posted by Joe Pignotti on May 22, 2018 10:15:00 AM

To put any medical device design into actual production, if seeking to outsource the manufacturing, the device company needs to obtain quotes from prospective contract manufacturers like Sanbor Medical. While different sources may offer different prices, the process of completing the quote can be similar with different manufacturers requiring comparable pieces of information from the OEM.

The quotation process at Sanbor Medical starts with an RFQ (Request for Quotation) or as some call it, an IFB (Invitation for Bid) from the OEM. Once a non-disclosure agreement is in place, the quoting process can get underway.

The contract manufacturer will produce a more efficient and accurate quotation if the OEM provides comprehensive information. This should include files such as:

  • Bill of Materials (BoM)
  • 3D/2D drawings (e.g. Solidworks/Illustrator)
  • Gerber file for PCB
  • Assembly Work instruction
  • Inspection/testing instruction

OEM should have comprehensive design files

Once the information is passed onto the CM, it will be reviewed by operations, engineers, a project manager, and a manufacturing rep. if one is involved. This is the time when the CM and OEM can go back and forth requesting and providing additional supplementary materials. To expedite this step, before submitting your package, ask yourself questions similar to the following:

Do the drawings provide enough information to complete an estimate on tooling costs? Does the product have to meet any certification requirements? Do different components have approved vendors and part #’s included? Are details such as tolerance and power included? What kind of environment will the product be exposed to (harsh climate, biohazards, chemicals, etc.)?

The less additional information the CM must request, the faster and more accurate the quote will be. Our US based project manager can raise some technical questions for the design team at this point.

At Sanbor Medical, we try to deliver a low-cost solution plan to our valued customers. It’s important for both the CM and OEM to look at cost drivers and understand how a quote is estimated. Reviewing these factors helps the OEM to ensure they know exactly which services they are receiving within the quote and keeps the final amount down.

Main cost drivers are:

  • Materials
  • Tooling
  • Overhead/margin
  • Labor
  • Packaging
  • Freight/duty
  • Quality control
  • Compliance

Not every CM will offer all of the above services like Sanbor Medical. We like to be our customers’ one-stop-shop from the original BoM all the way through getting the product packaged and shipped to our US warehouse. All OEMs filing RFQs should clarify with potential CMs what is included in their quotes to avoid surprise costs being incurred such as duty and/or compliance fees.We aim to provide fast and accurate services

Once everything has been calculated and the final internal review has taken place (typically 1 – 2-week turnaround time depending on project complexity and information completeness) the results will be shared with the customer.

If you are an OEM interested in obtaining a quote for any upcoming projects, please contact us HERE. We would love to hear from you!

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How to Choose from Different Medical Device Contract Manufacturers?

Posted by Joe Pignotti on May 8, 2018 9:40:00 AM

Sanbor Medical, as a highly experienced (28 years in operation, 17 years in medical) CM (contract manufacturer), receives a lot of inquiries;  most inquiries are regarding the manufacturing of Class I & Class II electronic and electromechanical medical devices and high level subassemblies.

Our readers may find this topic familiar, as a few months back, we did a Q&A post to address our most frequently asked questions. They can be read right here.

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In this particular post, we are delving into a specific question related to working with CMs: When is the right time to bring in your CM partner? Many OEMs (Original Equipment Manufacturers), who wish to make their design vision a reality, have different requirements. Some will claim that the CM should be involved as early as possible, so they are knowledgeable about all the specifics of the project and the CM will then have personal stakes in the product whether it be financial or emotional.

This approach works the best with CMs with a built-in design house. Not every company sees the need to keep a vast number of design engineers on the payroll primarily due to the uncertainty of whether or not their abilities would continuously be needed. On top of that, there can be a need for a multitude of engineers: software, hardware, mechanical, and electrical. Slightly complex medical devices may call for all of these capabilities, which is why some CMs, like Sanbor Medical, choose to work closely with trustworthy design firms rather than do that work in-house. We are happy to work with OEMs who bring us their completed designs or we can connect a design group that is located less than an hour away, taking logistics and communication problems out of the equation, to an OEM.

In Sanbor Medical’s 20+ years of history, we have taken every precaution to protect our clients’ designs and have thus never had an Intellectual Property (IP) issue.

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At Sanbor Medical, we are happy to see our clients walk through the door with their innovative designs and are eager to see how we can produce their product as quickly as possible while offering significant cost downs

Comparing these two types of CMs, the entry point of a project naturally will be different. A CM with an in-house design team would likely become part of the medical device project group early on, so they can work with the OEM on every change to the design, and the OEM would have moderate control over their project, and have to share much information. 

On the other hand, CMs like Sanbor Medical are engaged when the design is finished. Their job is to build the device to its specifications and make sure it functions properly. In this case, the OEM definitely has full control of the design until they’re satisfied.

Medical contract manufacturing has become a booming industry. According to estimates, the market will expand to $41 billion in the next 5 years. As more and more competition enters the emerging market, naturally an increasing amount of potentially confusing decisions arise for medical OEMs. We at Sanbor Medical hope this blog can help some of you navigate through the tough terrain of not just choosing a CM but determining the right timing to bring them on as your partner.

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Please feel free to check back for our future updates. Maybe the next blog will be the exact information you are looking for! Tune in for more insider knowledge, market trends, new technology… etc.

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The Importance of DHF, DMR, and DHR

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Apr 24, 2018 9:45:00 AM

We’ve mentioned the three Ds of medical device manufacturing previously on this blog; they play a significant role in bringing any device to the market and they each need to be carefully managed throughout all of the design and manufacturing processes. In simple terms, a DHF (Design History File) marks the start of a particular device and documents how an OEM arrived at the final design. A DMR (Device Master Record) details the specific material, equipment, and environment requirements for production.  The manufacturer maintains a DHR (Device History Record) which has all the documentation of the production process such as date produced, quantity, and labels of the final products.

 

Many files need to be documented through out the entire design and manufacturing processes.

 

Let us take a closer look at what each of them entail:

Medical Device Companies (OEMs) will design and develop their product either internally or with the aid of an outside engineering firm. The process will be recorded in a DHF maintained by the OEM.

DHF (Design History File): the collection of documentations created as you go through the design and development processes that documents the evolution of the design including user needs, design inputs, reviews, risk assessment, a plan for making the device which could include manufacturing processes, verification, validation protocols and reports etc. It should contain or reference the records needed to demonstrate that the design developed is in accordance with the approved design plan and the requirements of 21 CFR Part 820.30. Any future changes to the original design will also need to be reflected by updating relevant files.

The DHF will need to be submitted to the FDA at this point, along with its documents, for either a 510k (Some Class I devices and most Class II devices) or Pre-Market Approval or PMA (Class III devices). The FDA reviews the design and product for safety and efficacy, and has the final say on whether or not the product is approved for market.

After obtaining FDA approval, the OEM can move forward and start manufacturing the product in-house or entrust an experienced contract manufacturer like Sanbor Medical. We will work with the OEM during the process to ensure the next set of records are managed in accordance with FDA requirements.

DMR (Device Master Record): a compilation of the procedures and specifications for making the finished device and testing it, including design specifications (drawings, composition, formulation, component and software specifications), process documents, tools and tooling specifications, production methods, environment specifications, inspection procedures, quality assurance (acceptance criteria, QA equipment), labeling and packaging, and service details. Many of these files should be already available if a proper DHF was created, and they can be simply referenced here. The focus is to ensure that the manufacturer has all of the necessary items to build, test, package, and maintain the device.

DHR (Device History Record): the production history of a finished device. Includes: lot #s or UPCs (important for complaint investigations), manufacturing dates, quantity manufactured and distributed, acceptance records that show the design followed the DMR, and labeling for each unit. If the OEM gets audited, the investigator may wish to see a DHR and compare it to the corresponding DMR to check for compliance. If a contract manufacturer is used during this process, the DHR has to specify who reviews and releases the product.

 

The OEM and the contract manufacturer of their choosing need to work together to be compliant in accordance to FDA.

Efficiently managing the three Ds is crucial for regulatory compliance. An OEM will start with a DHF for each type of their devices, collecting documents as the design process moves along. Then for the manufacturer comes the DMR which is essentially all the procedures and specifications on how to actually build the device, according to all the design inputs in the DHF. When the device is actually put into production, the DHR is maintained to show that everything follows the DMR. Since each of these collections of files and records relies on the completeness of the previous files, if any necessary documents were missing, it would greatly affect later documentations and references. If the OEM provides all the necessary documents, Sanbor Medical can deliver the exact same product as the OEM would if they were building it in their in-house facility.

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What's the Importance of Medical Patents & How Do We Protect Your IP?

Posted by Joe Pignotti on Apr 10, 2018 9:45:00 AM

 

Patent application itself involves countless documentation

 The development cycle for a new medical device is extremely taxing on its OEM; there are many questions which the OEM must ask themselves before delving into the lengthy process from research and development to having a marketable product.

Some important examples are: Is the medical device using any new technology? Are there third parties who are already marketing a similar product? Do they hold a patent on the device technology? If yes, when will it expire?

To understand the importance of medical patent filing and how challenging applications may be, we should look at some statistics first.

In 2017, out of all the patents filed in the US, the EU, China, and a few other prominent regions combined, the medical technology category had the most applications received for patent approval, and the number is only growing each year. Just in 2017 there was a 6.3% increase in medical patents filed when compared to the year before, and the trend only seems to be continuing.

 

So why are companies so concerned about filing patents on their new products?

 

The process involves lawyers, design engineers, process engineers... etc.

Medical research and development is a very demanding process. On average, it takes 10-15 years and $1.6 billion to apply and complete all the necessary trials to prove the safety and effectiveness of a new technology or pharmaceutical, which is a huge investment for any organization.

Along with high development costs, the need for patent application and later FDA approval results in an even longer lead time to market. For the device to be able to reach its market, OEMs also have to ensure it is high quality and performs perfectly. With all of these barriers, there must be sufficient incentives for the private sector to provide the funding needed to advance current medical technology. Without proper intellectual property protection at the fruition of years of hard work and investments, any other company could easily copy their research results and put out a competitive device without putting in any of the upfront work or funding.

Patents complete a circle of supporting the researchers and investors for sacrificing years and millions if not billions of dollars. They allow the companies to recoup what they’ve spent during the long R & D process while the patent is active, so they can re-invest the profit that comes from keeping their new technology exclusive. Essentially, patent protection makes developing new technologies attractive for investors, possible for researchers, and moves the industry forward.

 

What does Sanbor Medical, as a contract manufacturer, do to give your medical intellectual property the maximum protection?

 

Our staff will ensure the confidentiality of your product design and technology.
  1. Sanbor Medical owns its offshore factory.  All of the production work is done by our own employees, who have signed a confidentiality and non-compete statement. We do not contract out orders to uncontrolled factories.
  2. All product documentation from clients is reviewed and then made anonymous by our US project management engineers before being sent to the factory. All identifiers such as name or address are removed and the project itself will be code named.
  3. Clients place orders with Sanbor Medical’s HQ office in Allentown, PA. We then act as a secondary barrier and place the order with our factory.
  4. No single employee has full access to all documents at the factory.
  5. Sanbor Medical is a U.S. company, thus providing legal recourse should any problem arise.
  6. In the 20+ years since the factory was incorporated and wholly owned and operated from the U.S. since 1993, we have never had an IP incident.
  7. IP protection laws are catching up with technology and inventions and becoming stricter.

With our impeccable record with keeping our customers’ intellectual property confidential, Sanbor Medical is a great choice to trust your new product with. We are always thrilled at the opportunity to work with new designs. April 26th is World Intellectual Property Day, we hope you celebrate it by choosing a reliable strategic partner like us!

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