LAKE ZURICH, IL—June 17, 2016—Product Development Technologies (PDT) and Epiphany Innovations are proud to announce that necksaviour, a portable, easy-to-use traction device that comfortably stretches the neck to relieve neck pain, muscle spasms, stiffness, and tension headaches, received a Silver award at the 18th annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. The necksaviour received this award, the most prestigious in the medical product design space, in the Over-the-Counter and Self-Care Products category.
In order to create a non-mechanized, simple and portable traction solution, the product designers and engineers developed a dual layer technology to enable users to achieve a light or strong stretch. Highly versatile in design, necksaviour has both a short and long neck option to accommodate people with different neck lengths. necksaviour is a CE marked, Grade 1 medical device and is intended to alleviate a variety of symptoms as part of a condition management program that could include therapy, exercise and medical advice.
“It is an honor to receive such a prestigious award from a field of well-designed medical products.” said Greg Nielan, Director of PDT UK. “Medical design has been a point of emphasis where our company thrives, as we continue to help companies construct elegant, efficient products like necksaviour.”
necksaviour has received high accolades, being honored with a Spark award and ADEX award for excellence in design.
The necksaviour concept was borne from necessity. Wesley Marshall, a practicing physical therapist was seeing an increasing number of neck pain and headache sufferers in clinic. He felt that in addition to providing quality treatment and advice, patients would benefit from a product they could use to gently stretch their necks at home. Unhappy with any of the existing products on the market he decided to create one that was easier to use, more portable, more comfortable and that didn’t apply unwanted pressure via the jaw. The success of necksaviour means a family of associated spinal alignment products will follow shortly.
Epiphany is a brand new therapy, rehab and exercise product development company.
Great innovation, cutting edge design and the use of advanced modern materials are at the heart of Epiphany. Led by a practicing physio, Epiphany is creating dynamic, high calibre products with unique functionality. necksaviour is the first product to be launched, please go to www.necksaviour.com
Product Development Technologies (PDT) is a global, full-service product development firm with 120 employees worldwide. Founded in 1995, PDT has grown to become one of the largest product development firms in the country. Team members have expertise in a wide range of product development disciplines, including design research, industrial design, user experience development, rapid prototyping, materials science, mechanical and electrical engineering, software development, strategy, scouting, and sourcing. PDT's award winning product designs have been recognized with more than 100 awards from authorities such as BusinessWeek, Fast Company, the Industrial Designers Society of America and The Consumer Electronics Association. For more information, please go to www.pdt.com
The MDEA is the medical technology industry’s premier design competition, and its panel of third-party jurors are committed to searching worldwide for the highest caliber medical devices that save lives, improve patient healthcare and transform medical technology. Entries are judged by an impartial panel of experts, including practicing doctors, nurses, and technicians as well as industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers, and human factors experts. The MDEA Juror Panel selects products based on design and engineering innovation; function and user-related innovation; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall benefit to the healthcare system. For more information visit mdeawards.mddionline.com