The Long Walk: Bringing a Complex Medical Device to Market

Monday, March 21, 2022, 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

Matthew B. Weinger, MD, MS

Norman Ty Smith Chair in Patient Safety and Medical Simulation

Professor of Anesthesiology, Biomedical Informatics, and Medical Education Director, Center for Research and Innovation in Systems Safety (CRISS) Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Keynote Lecture

In this presentation, Dr. Weinger, a prominent physician and human factors engineer, will tell the quarter century long story of his efforts to create a commercial product that would improve the safety and usability of drug infusion therapy for acute care use.


Based on his frustration with mid-1990’s infusion pumps, Dr. Weinger and a colleague conceived of a better technology for medication administration in anesthesiology. The resulting saga spans three start-up companies, two FDA approved devices, a bankruptcy, and ultimately a viable commercial product.


He will describe some of the key human factors decisions that were made along the way and the complex tradeoffs required during commercial development of a complex commercial medical product, particularly in a start-up company.