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This workshop will provide insights on successfully using prototype mock-ups to collect user input and usability insights from the inception stage, and dives into creating a strategy to use these approaches to effectively and systematically de-risk a new drug delivery device project and ultimately pass summative usability testing.

You will earn:

  • How to process inputs from all the stakeholders and identify key areas to focus for patient-centric device development without sacrificing compliance, time or budget.
  • Ways of deliberately and systematically experimenting with features, experiences, environments, and systems that produce design inputs linked directly to user data and insights
  • Be able to present a clear value proposition to your management to support early stage prototyping efforts as part of usability testing
  • Develop practical experience in creating a cohesive tangible strategy that maximizes the value generated by user testing
  • Get to master insights generation with respect to users' physical and cognitive capabilities as well preferences to increase both product safety, ease-of-use and UX
  • Learn to prioritize and accelerate different kinds of testing based on project risks unique to a particular drug delivery application
  • Take away practical methods for rapidly generating effective objects and experiences to support usability testing
  • Meet people, make stuff, have fun!

Executives, Directors, VPs, Heads, Principals, Managers of:

Pre-Filled Syringes/ PFS
Device/ Device Engineering
Human Factor
Sterile Manufacturing
Regulatory Affairs
or anyone who works with Pre-Filled Syringes/ Autoinjectors within pharmaceutical, biotech and solution providers.


Abbott Laboratories; Alkermes; Allergan; Amgen; Anteris Medical GmbH; Baxalta; Baxter Healthcare; Bayer Healthcare; Bayer HealthCare AG; BCM Group LLC; Biogen Inc; Boehringer Ingelheim; Boehringer Ingelheim Pharmaceuticals Incorporated; Bosch Packaging Technology; Bristol-Myers Squibb Co; Cambridge Consultants Ltd; Centurion Medical Products; DDL; Eli Lilly ; Emergent BioSolutions Inc.; ENCO Pharmaceutical Development, Inc. (EPDI); Epione BioPharmaceuticals; FDA; Genentech; Genentech, Inc.; Getinge A B; Gilead Sciences; Gilead Sciences Inc; Insulet Corp; IntraCellular Therapies Inc; Ionis Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; KBI Biopharma; LoneStar Heart Inc; Maeda industry Co Ltd; Merck, Sharp & Dohme Corp.; MITSUBISHI GAS CHEMICAL COMPANY, INC; Mitsubishi Gas Chemical Singapore Pte Ltd; Noxilizer, Inc.; PAREXEL International; Pfizer; Pfizer CentreOne; Pharmacircle; Shire; Shire US Inc; Steris Corp; STERIS FINN-AQUA; Takeda Pharmaceuticals; Teleflex; Terumo Americas Holding, Inc; Terumo Medical Corporation; Terumo Pharmaceutical Solutions; Teva Pharamceuticals; Teva Pharmaceuticals; UserWise; Versartis, Inc.; W.L. Gore & Associates, Inc.; Xcelthera; Xeris Pharmaceuticals; Xeris Pharmaceuticals, Inc.; ZebraSCI; zebrasci inc; Zeon Chemicals L.P.;

Workshop LEADER


Kate Stephenson

Academic Partnerships and Business Development, iO Lifesciences

Between obtaining her MS in Biomechanical Engineering and returning to Stanford University to complete a Mechanical Engineering PhD, Dr Stephenson spent ten years in the medical device industry as a Senior Design Engineer and Project Manager. She has worked on over eighteen different devices, ranging from insulin pumps to annuloplasty rings. During her PhD she taught course in design and entrepreneurship as part of Stanford's world class design program. She also completed a two-year stint as the Resident Clinical Bioengineer at Stanford Children's Hospital Gait and Motion Lab, where she advised on complex orthopaedic surgery cases and worked directly with patients. She has recently joined iO Life Science, where she works with early stage medical device companies on their design and manufacturing strategies. Her current role at iO is in business development and academic partnerships.

iO Lifesciences

iO Life Science is a combination product design and development firm, dedicated to transforming lives through the innovation of smart, connected and patient-centric devices. We actively partner with healthcare companies focused on creating breakthrough therapeutic solutions to unmet patient needs and do so by transforming our client's technologies into innovative products, always with the needs of the user at the fore. As appropriate, we work within the framework of our agile and ISO13485 certified QMS.

Workshop programme

8:30 Workshop Registration & Coffee

9:00 Workshop Leader Introduction and Opening Remarks

Kate Stephenson

Kate Stephenson, Academic Partnerships and Business Development, iO Lifesciences
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9:15 Segment 1 - Usability testing: Context and Challenges

9:30 Segment 2: Overview of building tangibles for usability

Kate Stephenson

Kate Stephenson, Academic Partnerships and Business Development, iO Lifesciences
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  • Build Smart - Defining a clear strategy based on de-risking projects
  • Build Early - How to use tangible experiences to drive design from the earliest stages
  • Build Fast - Minimize extra cost to your project by leveraging efficient and creative ways of creating tangibles
  • 10:30 Morning Coffee and Networking Break

    11:00 Practical applications of concepts and case studies

    Kate Stephenson

    Kate Stephenson, Academic Partnerships and Business Development, iO Lifesciences
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  • Build a tangibles strategy to complete user testing for a specific drug delivery application
  • Map out user test milestones from early concept to summative testing for the case study
  • Practice rapid building techniques to generate prototypes to collect usability data
  • Test artifacts by conducting tests on members from other teams
  • 12:00 Group review of strategies and insights learned

    Kate Stephenson

    Kate Stephenson, Academic Partnerships and Business Development, iO Lifesciences
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    12:15 Closing Remarks from Workshop Leader and Close of Workshop


    [Workshop A] - Programme


    Crowne Plaza San Diego - Mission Valley

    2270 Hotel Circle North
    San Diego 92108

    Crowne Plaza San Diego - Mission Valley



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