Originally Published MPMN
Originally Published MPMN October 2003
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OEM Product Engineer
B. Braun OEM/Industrial Div.
All Experts (www.allexperts.com) is new to my list, but it has already proven useful. The site provides free access to experts on dozens of topics. The Industry tab has a subsection devoted to biotechnology and medical devices. The site include bios of the experts; you can submit questions to them by clicking on the Ask a Question link next to their name.
The United States Patent and Trademark Office (www.uspto.gov) is an old standard, but it continues to be useful. It compiles patents from 1976 to the present. While the site doesn't provide every last detail about a U.S. patent, abstracts are available.
My department uses AutoCAD products, but not all of our customers do.
The Autodesk Web site (http://usa.autodesk.com) has a link for a free download of Express Viewer. I encourage my customers to use the viewer, so that we can look at the same drawing without conversions or fuzzy faxes. A link to download the viewer can be found on the lower-left-hand side of the home page.
When you have a phone number but no address, www.freeality.com can be helpful. The site can save you a phone call when all you really need to do is send something. Some of the links on the site also provide a URL and driving directions.
B. Braun OEM/Industrial Div. (Bethlehem, PA; www.bbraunoemindustrial.com) designs and manufactures a variety of Class II and Class III medical devices including fluid administration systems, components, and custom kits. The company takes customer designs from the conceptual stage to prototyping, assembly, packaging, and sterilization.
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