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Join Sunrise Labs on the Making Bright Ideas Work podcast to discuss the ins and outs of bringing medical devices to life, and their impact on the industry and beyond.

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Join Sunrise Labs on the Making Bright Ideas Work podcast to discuss the ins and outs of bringing medical devices to life, and their impact on the industry and beyond.

    Key Considerations in Choosing a Design Partner and Contract Manufacturer

    Key Considerations in Choosing a Design Partner and Contract Manufacturer

    On this episode of “Making Bright Ideas Work,” Eric Soederberg, CEO at Sunrise Labs, explains that if you choose a manufacturer to design your product, you may lose the ability to take a fresh look at your design.
    After the design is defined is the time to select the most appropriate contract manufacturer and then you’ll have flexibility to compare the offerings from more than one contract manufacturer with a clear view of what you need.

    • 18 min
    Continuous Improvement and Investing in Your Company’s Future with Eric Soederberg

    Continuous Improvement and Investing in Your Company’s Future with Eric Soederberg

    Building a company culture of continuous improvement and investing for the future sounds like an obvious recipe for success, but it is easier said than done. Eric Soederberg, CEO of Sunrise Labs, joined Tyler Kern on this episode of the Sunrise Podcast to talk about the importance of creating the right work environment for continuous improvement and the investments required to bring that culture to life.

    “Continuous improvement is an investment,” Soederberg said. “When someone comes into your office and says they have a great idea, but they need to buy something or take a particular class to make it happen, it requires you to say yes.”

    Soederberg’s philosophy is to foster an environment where employees are comfortable coming to managers for things they want or need. When Soederberg first came to Sunrise Labs, people were not asking for stuff, and they made do with existing equipment that was sometimes up to 20 years old.

    It was important for Soederberg to change the culture into one where people felt they were trusted to make the right decisions to improve their performance and that of the company.

    “People are happier when they are working toward a better life for themselves, better processes and more efficient ways of doing things,” Soederberg said.

    To make improvements in a company, sometimes taking a risk and going beyond the comfort zone is required. As Soederberg put it, “You can take a risk, and you might fail, or you could not take a risk, and you will fail."

    • 12 min
    The Keys to Successfully Outsourcing Product Development with Laurin Noel

    The Keys to Successfully Outsourcing Product Development with Laurin Noel

    No one is an expert at everything, which is why hiring a product development team to get your medical product off the ground can determine whether it will ultimately sink or swim. Product development team expert at Sunrise Labs, Laurin Noel, joins Making Bright Ides Work to discuss what components lead to a successful group of product developers.
    With over 27 years of experience in the medical product development business, Sunrise Labs has seen a thing or two. Noel cautions startups and established businesses alike on what to avoid when outsourcing product development. Her leading cautionary tale is to not drop the project on the team and walk away. Remember to dedicate time to your third-party employees, she said. Allocate extra resources and over-estimate the time it may take to fully realize the product through multiple revisions.
    "Think of the project holistically," Noel said, "in order to use time and money efficiently."
    With years of experience and anecdotes, Noel educates listeners on common roadblocks in outsourcing product development, and how to avoid them. Above all, she explained the need to keep communicating with the team. Revisit the responsibilities of everyone involved, from system engineer to copywriter, as the product moves through development. Above all, assume positive intent of all team members and approach problems with a willingness and openness to hearing different opinions.
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    • 24 min
    Project Management is Most Successful When it's Personal with Joe McCluskey of Sunrise Labs

    Project Management is Most Successful When it's Personal with Joe McCluskey of Sunrise Labs

    For all the discussion about process improvement, company culture, and team member morale, you might forget that Sunrise Labs is a medical laboratories company offering a broad spectrum of clinical laboratory testing. That's because Sunrise Labs was founded to be different, and that's evident in everything they do down to the way they run their daily operations. Today on Making Bright Ideas Work, the Sunrise Podcast powered by Sunrise Labs, we sat down with Program Manager Joe McCluskey to discuss how agile project management is more than methodology -- it's about people.

    "Personal ownership means that you really take pride and you want to deliver the best you can," McCluskey said. "Individual contributions help the team, like the building blocks, to create a better widget when you combine all those personal ownership items."

    While the team at Sunrise uses agile methodology, most commonly used in software development, and a daily scrum in its everyday operations, they take a very personal approach to project management. Scrum is a methodology that allows a team to self-organize with daily information exchanges and make changes quickly, in accordance with agile principles.

    "Anybody can make a document and check a list, but the dynamics of a project excel when there's personal ownership and human stimulation," McCluskey said. "There's also humanization of the project itself. If it's a pilot build, personalize the name of the pilot or deliverable. Call it a name. Everybody can connect to a name."

    • 19 min
    The Trade Group Looking Out for the MedTech Community

    The Trade Group Looking Out for the MedTech Community

    Perhaps no state is more renowned for medicine than Massachusetts. The Commonwealth is host to leading hospitals, medical centers, and medical device companies that are maturing next generation technologies. But medtech enterprises large and small need representatives to ensure that innovations in the space can thrive.

    That’s where Brian Johnson comes in. He is President of the Massachusetts Medical Device Industry Council (MassMEDIC) and on this week’s episode of Making Bright Ideas Work, a Sunrise Labs podcast, he shared insights into his advocacy work.

    “We help maintain a healthy environment for medical device innovators,” Johnson said. Medicine is a highly regulated industry so his trade group works with government partners to streamline processes and ensure a healthy ecosystem that fosters innovation.

    Whether its pushing for the repeal of the medical device tax or staying atop of Brexit and its complications for medical device companies, MassMEDIC is there looking out for its members and the medtech community as a whole.

    “Massachusetts continues to be a robust environment in this space,” he contended, and cited Sunrise Labs as one of the leaders pushing medtech forward. He also works with a number of startups disrupting the industry, and advises that novice CEOs should focus less energy on raising money and more on their plan to go from zero to commercialization.

    “You need to think about the entire lifespan of this company as a founder," Johnson said.

    As a former company founder himself, Brian feels passionately about helping other founders. It’s why he’s become a personal champion of MassMEDIC IGNITE, which provides the medtech startup community with training, mentorship, and networking.

    “I really love medtech,” Johnson confessed, and said that the innovations advanced by medical device companies are on par with those of the space program.

    He is proud and amazed at the medical advances that come out of the Commonwealth. The first surgery with anesthesia was done in Massachusetts and now leading hospitals in the state are performing surgeries using advanced robotics or remote surgeons.

    • 22 min
    Impact Medical Technology as a Software Engineer & Architect with Jim Turner & Mike Goulet

    Impact Medical Technology as a Software Engineer & Architect with Jim Turner & Mike Goulet

    With healthy growth rates projected for the medical technology and devices industry globally, MedTech careers are in high demand. On this episode of Making Bright Ideas Work, we break down how two open positions in the software and product development field at Sunrise Labs are affecting medical change on an industry level. To share their insight, host Daniel Litwin sat down with Jim Turner, director of software development, and Mike Goulet, program manager & software technical lead.

    “We have a lot of opportunities here at Sunrise,” Turner said. Sunrise Labs has been delivering medical device design and engineering expertise for more than 25 years.

    The Embedded Software Engineer is tasked with leading the company forward into new product markets, bringing deep C or C++ skills, Linux applications experience, and wireless protocol experience. Personality-wise, Sunrise is looking for someone with a strong, driving desire to bring cutting-edge products to the table, Goulet said.

    In addition, Sunrise is seeking a Software Architect who’ll be tasked with architecting, leading, and developing medical device software, including embedded software. They'll lead a software development team, provide project direction using agile development methods, and write detailed software design descriptions.

    The key to success in these positions, Turner said, is the unparalleled ability for employees to express themselves well. That’s because both these positions will have a hand in crafting important, industry-affecting devices that improve real patients’ lives.

    Give this a listen to learn more about the culture at Sunrise Labs, why their energy draws parallels to Hamilton the Musical, and what you should do to prepare for the interview.

    If you'd like to apply for either position, click here.

    • 13 min

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