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"The Surgeon Inventor: Collaborative Innovation"
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August 4, 2017

Navis Guidewire Torque Device

Client: Windcrest LLC

Services Provided: Mechanical Design | CAD Modeling in Pro/ENGINEER | Rapid Prototyping | Detailed 2D drawings, utilizing extensive GD&T

Cleveland Clinic was approached by Windcrest LLC to further the development and commercialization of a novel guidewire torque device, the Navis Torquer. Conventional guidewire torque devices, also known as “torquers” or “controllers”, have to be loaded onto a guidewire from the proximal end. This can be tedious and inconvenient, especially in procedures that involve multiple exchanges of catheters. The Navis Torquer eliminates this issue by adding a cross-slot, allowing it to be loaded onto a guidewire at any position.

Medical Device Solutions and Innovations worked together to develop the device, adding unique intellectual property to the design. MDS in particular optimized the novel design for usability and manufacturability. Nearly two dozen iterations were explored and our access to clinicians on campus aided our efforts to make the Navis Torquer a device that would be accepted by vascular surgeons, cardiologists, and other clinical personnel. MDS engineers also coordinated the manufacture of several of the Navis Torquer designs, including machining and injection molding.