Category Archives: Quality


CDRH Case for Quality Voluntary Medical Device Manufacturing and Product Quality Pilot Program

What’s In It For You?

By: Sandra K. Rodriguez, Market Analyst

On February 27th, the Medical Device Innovation Consortium (MDIC) provided a quarterly update on the CDRH Case for Quality Voluntary Medical Device Manufacturing and Product Quality Pilot Program.  The program aims to build a culture of quality across the entire organization while producing measurable results including:

  • Reduce defects/re-work
  • Reduce costs
  • Accelerate time to market
  • Increase customer satisfaction

The pilot was announced in the Federal Register on December 28, 2017.  During the recent webinar, Kimberly Kaplan of CMMI Institute reviewed how the pilot program leverages the CMMI framework as the standard maturity model by which medical device organizations can measure their capability to produce high quality devices and improve patient safety.  To date, 13 organizations have enrolled in the pilot program.  She pointed out early indications show industry is having a hard time shifting from an inspection or audit mindset, to an appraisal approach – which is more conversational in nature. Continue reading

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New Research: Driving a Culture of Quality Within the Medical Device Ecosystem

Axendia conducted a study focusing on the medical device induCulture of Quality Infographicstry’s ability to build a “Culture of Innovation and Quality.” The goals of this research were to identify and analyze trends, requirements and initiatives organizations are undertaking to proactively manage products and platforms across the product lifecycle.

In support of the research, we surveyed 110 medical device professionals representing 59 medical device manufacturers from 12 countries, and engaged in one-on-one interviews and group discussions with industry thought leaders.

The research resulted in an e-Book: Driving a Culture of Quality Within the Medical Device Manufacturing Ecosystem.  In it, we discuss the value, challenges and opportunities of transitioning medical device companies from the current regulatory and compliance focus – to sustained, predictive practices that advance medical device quality and safety to achieve better patient outcomes.  We also reveal how the Industry is prioritizing investments in technology in support of quality initiatives.

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Read the e-Book.


What is FDA Thinking? We Asked, They Answered!

An Interview with Francisco (Cisco) Vicenty – US FDA

By: Daniel R. Matlis, President

That is a question I often hear from industry executives around the globe.

To answer this question, I sat down with FDA’s Francisco Vicenty, for over an hour, to discuss a wide range of topics and gain an understanding of FDA’s current thinking on these topics. Cisco Vicenty is the Case for Quality Program Manager at FDA’s Office of Compliance, CDRH.


Driving a Culture of Quality in Industry

The overarching drive at FDA is enabling high levels of product excellence and innovation across industry and to provide patients with access to high quality, safe, and effective medical devices.  The agency wants to incentivize industry to adopt quality best practices; to adopt product quality excellence that drives improved patient outcomes.

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2017 Year end review

Award Winning Year for Axendia – Looking at the 2018 Crystal Ball

By Daniel R. Matlis

2017 has been an exceptional year for Axendia.  We were recognized by CIOReview magazine as one of the 20 Most Promising Pharma and Life Sciences Solution Providers.  We also had the opportunity to address audiences around the globe, including Asia, Europe, North and South America.

Our analysts had the privilege to provide insight and trusted advice to leaders across the Life Science and Healthcare ecosystems including executives in industry, technology & service providers as well as policy makers and regulators.
In the last year we advised our clients on critical topics such as:


Compliance vs Quality – India Edition

By Daniel R. Matlis

In October, I had the privilege to visit Mumbai, India, to provide the keynote address at a series of Life-Science Executive Industry events on Quality and Manufacturing organized by Dassault Systèmes Biovia Corp.

GroupThis visit afforded me a great opportunity to meet with executives from many of India’s largest Life-Science companies, get a taste of Indian culture and share Axendia’s insights on trends impacting the global and externalized industry.

I also gained a new perspective on the Compliance vs Quality paradox.

During my keynote I emphasized the need for Life-Science Organizations to transition their focus from mere Compliance towards a culture driving Quality improvements across the organization.

Compliance is a Baseline, it is the cost of doing business in the Life-Sciences Industry.  Collecting documented evidence of compliance with regulatory requirements is an overhead cost for Life-Science companies.

By contrast, Quality is an Investment. Improvements in quality drive enhanced and consistent product performance.  In addition streamlined processes result in operational efficiencies and reduce waste.  Investing in improving product quality lowers costs and improves outcomes

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