Britt Norton

About Britt Norton

Britt uses over 30 years of experience in the medical device arena as an engineer, inventor, executive and entrepreneur to provide clients with results that have an immediate impact and enable long-term success. The pragmatic, evidence-based approach he applies to both technical and business projects is drawn from his extensive background in R&D, Operations, Regulatory, Clinical and Quality Management areas. Britt founded Medavise to help clients through the vast maze of medical device development as well as to provide excellence in detail.

The New MEDDEV CER Guidance You're gonna need a bigger boat

The new revision of the EC guidance on Clinical Evaluations (i.e, CERs), was issued in June of this year.  MEDDEV 2.7.1 Rev 3 is now Rev 4.  The industry has provided many ways to learn about the new document via white papers, webinars and conferences (thanks!).  The education has been great, but what’s it like […]

By |November 10th, 2016|Regulatory Support|0 Comments

Innovation and the 2016 MN Cup

If you’re worried about the state of innovation in the Minnesota medical device community, you only need to look to the MN Cup competition to be reassured. I was privileged to be one of about 20 judges in the Life Science/Health IT division of the MN Cup this year and was struck by the […]

By |September 25th, 2016|Product Engineering, Startup Development|0 Comments

The Fatal Tesla Crash and Medical Device Risk

There was a tragic car crash two months ago involving a Tesla Model S while the driver had the car in its “Autopilot” mode. The driver of the car lost his life after hitting a tractor trailer making a turn in front of him; Tesla stated that neither the driver nor the car recognized […]

By |July 18th, 2016|Uncategorized|0 Comments

Product Testing – It Can Really Hurt

Imagine a pioneering surgeon inventor and entrepreneur dedicated to proving that his latest medical device is safe by implanting it within the muscle of his own rib cage… by himself.  Then, months later, removing it… again, by himself.  The surgeon told me that it was a lot more difficult taking the device out than it […]

By |June 28th, 2016|Product Engineering, Regulatory Support|0 Comments

Can You Reduce Device Risk Just By Informing the User?

Over 20 years ago, a doctor phones a medical device company’s technical service group from nearly half a world away, and is in a panic. He’s performing his first implant of the newly available AICD technology, and his patient is sedated, on the table and there is a problem. “I’ve implanted […]

By |July 7th, 2015|Product Engineering, Quality|0 Comments

Risk, FMECA and an Engineer’s Creativity

My wife walked in the door with a big sigh years ago after taking our young son to Toys ‘R Us. She realized he was going to take after his engineer father when, after picking an interesting toy off the shelf, he turned it over to see how it worked instead of just playing […]

By |June 8th, 2015|Product Engineering, Quality, Regulatory Support|0 Comments

Provisional Patent Applications: An Important Tool for the Inventor/Entrepreneur

There are many good reasons to consider filing a provisional patent application on your new idea. Of course, a patent attorney will be able to explain the benefits and issues of a provisional application and to help in putting it together. Although I’m not an attorney, I have filed quite a few applications on my […]

By |January 19th, 2015|Product Engineering, Startup Development|0 Comments