December 7, 2020 – This year, for the first time ever, we are announcing the winners of the 19th annual User-Centered Product Design Award ahead of the ceremony. The ceremony is open to all members of HFES so please join us to hear directly from the winners on January 21, 2020 from 12PM to 1:30PM Eastern. This special session will include presentations about the design and development of the award winning products from this year’s winner and honorable mention.
This year the judges awarded first place to SPEEDTRAP™ Graft Preparation System and an honorable mention to ZENEO®.
SPEEDTRAP™ Graft Preparation System, submitted by Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, is a whipstitch suture delivery device that offers orthopaedic surgeons a simplified technique for soft tissue graft preparation performed in orthopaedic procedures such as cruciate ACL/PCL, biceps, and collateral ligament reconstruction or MPFL procedures.
"On behalf of the Industrial Design and Human Factors organization at Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies, we're honored to be recognized with this prestigious award. We feel privileged that we can apply our approach to human-centered design in all business units to help people return to their passions today – whether that's in sports or everyday life. Our process focuses on elevating the quality of human-to-system interactions across the entire peri-operative care continuum. With emphasis on holistic design and usability, we work in close collaboration with our internal stakeholders to transform healthcare experiences. We are proud to share this honor with all of them." - Jacob Marks, Lead Industrial Designer, Sports Platform, DePuy Synthes, Industrial Design & Human Factors, Johnson & Johnson Medical Devices Companies
ZENEO® is a single use needle-free injection system intended to revolutionize the administration of well-established treatments. The prefilled, single-use device propels the medicine through the skin in less than a tenth of a second. Crossject currently has eight solutions in advanced stages of development, seven of which are for emergency situations.
"We are extremely happy that our user-centered design approach has been recognized in the United States. Nothing replaces the satisfaction of seeing the user successfully inject with Zeneo in emergency situations to save a life. However, the recognition by our peer experts in the human factors field truly highlights the 20 years of investment and dedication of our entire team. It is a real pride for Crossject and for me personally to earn this achievement!" - Frédéric MABILE, Human Factors Engineering Manager, CROSSJECT
The award is named after Stanley Caplan, an HFES fellow, for all his efforts and accomplishments over the years at promoting the importance of user-centered design and research within industry while mentoring others to do the same. The Stanley Caplan User-Centered Product Design Award is presented each year to individuals and teams that have demonstrated outstanding innovation and design for products, software and systems in multiple categories. Nominations of consumer, commercial and medical products are eligible and candidates/teams don’t have to be a member of HFES or PDTG to participate. Evaluation criteria include ease of operation, creativity and innovation, functional obviousness, concept development, design, and evaluation.
The 2020 award selection committee was made up of a panel of seven judges drawn from the PDTG members. Each one is an experienced practitioner in their respective fields from collective backgrounds aligned with the type of products from the submissions received. The panel included:
David Aurelio, Senior User Experience Manager, SolidWorks
Eric Bergman, Director of Human Factors Engineering, Fresenius Medical Care
Sarah Campbell, VP, Human Factors & Usability, DesignThink
Sumanth Muthyala, Innovation Manager, Lear Corporation
Deepti Surabattula, Principal Scientist, Seagen
Laura Vennie, Director of Usability & Experience Design, Newell Brands
Maya Luster (Student Judge), Industrial Engineering, Purdue University
On January 21, 2020 from 12PM to 1:30PM Eastern the Product Design Technical Group (PDTG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society (HFES) will come together virtually to recognize professionals who create and design innovative products. “This award recognizes leadership in both design and processes used to design innovative and user-centered products,” said Adam Shames (CEO, Core Human Factors, Inc.), who co-chairs of the award with Kathleen Kremer (User Researcher, Facebook).
Nominations for the 2021 year are due by April 30, 2021 and may be submitted at www.UCDaward.com. The 2020 Stanley Caplan User-Centered Design Award will be presented in October 2021.
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