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2014 Webinar Profile

Human Factors Engineering in the Development of a Novel Epinephrine Auto-Injector
Presented by Evan Edwards, Vice President of Product Development, kaléo, Inc.
Tuesday, June 17

In order to develop a medical device and, in particular, combination drug delivery devices, incorporation of human factors engineering (HFE) early in the development process is crucial for the program's overall success. In this webinar, Evan Edwards will present a case study on Auvi-Q, a novel epinephrine auto-injector, the design of which incorporated HFE from inception, as was validated during its successful Food and Drug Administration approval and launch. The development of Auvi-Q using HFE and end-user feedback led to a design that mitigates use-related risks and is optimized for ease of use by those suffering from severe allergies. The presentation will also include some key HFE activities and milestones, such as challenges faced and lessons learned during the process.

Evan T. Edwards is Vice President of Product Development, cofounder, and coinventor of technology platforms at kaléo, Inc. (formerly Intelliject, Inc.), a pharmaceutical company devoted to developing innovative drug delivery technologies. Evan manages all areas of the invention and design process, including the company's intellectual property portfolio, where he is named on more than 150 patents issued and pending domestically and abroad.

Evan has been recognized among his peers for his expertise and work in HFE. He is actively involved with both HFES and the National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Alliance (NCIIA). Evan serves on the Medical Devices for Injection and Human Factors committees for the Association of the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) and is cofaculty of AAMI's HF for Medical Devices Workshop.

Evan earned a BS in mechanical engineering and an MS in systems engineering with a concentration in HFE at the University of Virginia. In 2012, he was named one of the Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry's "40 Medtech Innovators Under 40."

If you are an HFES member, all webinar recordings and handouts will be available at within 5 business days of the presentation. If you are not an HFES member and you register for a webinar, you will be e-mailed a copy of the webinar recording and handouts also within 5 business days.