Anzen Safety Scalpel is more intuitive than competitors



CARLSBAD, Calif., August 30, 2019—Symbient Product Development, a medical product design company, is pleased to share the positive reviews that the Anzen Safety Scalpel is receiving from surgeons and surgical techs.  Symbient designed the product for MediPurpose, incorporating user experience data throughout the development process.  In a survey conducted at the ACS conference, MediPurpose found that over 95% said that they would use the Anzen Safety Scalpel at their facility.  71% of respondents found the sliding blade of the Anzen scalpel more intuitive and gave an average score of 4.57 out of 5 when assessing how easily the blade retracts and extends.  Complete survey details can be found on the Anzen site.

The Needlestick Safety and Prevention Act was signed into law in November 2000, creating awareness and focus on protecting healthcare workers from injuries.  Surgeons and surgical techs have been slow to adopt safety scalpels because they lack the distinctive weight and feel of a traditional scalpel.  Using their development process, Symbient designed the Anzen product to provide instant familiarity and intuitive design to open and use.  The scalpel was also designed to ensure a clear view of the incision site when in use.  The disposable cartridge can not be removed from the reusable handle while the blade is extended to ensure optimal safety.

“Having our complete machine shop allowed us to create an optimal balance for the metal reusable scalpel handle”, Symbient CEO Scott Castanon stated.  “Our advanced injection molding capabilities were also necessary to complete the precision insert molding of the blade and safety sheath” added Castanon.  “The results of our survey at Clinical Congress are very promising. Surgeons find the activation mechanism of our Anzen Safety Scalpel very intuitive compared to competitors with other activation methods”, says Patrick Yi, CEO and founder of MediPurpose.

About Symbient Product Development

Symbient Product Development specializes in design engineering and design-for-manufacturing of innovative medical and life science devices that use plastics. Our highly experienced team consists of mechanical and biomedical engineers, industrial design talent, machinists and molding technicians. They leverage our in-house rapid prototyping, prototype tooling fabrication and injection molding to create proven, manufacturable designs with unmatched speed, efficiency and quality. These designs form our deep portfolio of over 300 successful devices that have generated hundreds of millions of dollars for our clients. They include FDA Class I, II and III devices, developed under our ISO 13485 certified quality management system.

About Medipurpose

MediPurpose, founded in 1999, develops, manufactures, and distributes superior sharps safety devices including the Anzen safety scalpel, SurgiLance safety lancets and MediPlus wound care products. MediPurpose has leveraged its success in the medical device industry to become a master medical product distributor that provides unique solutions for both medical product manufacturers and medical product distributors.