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The Making of an Instrument: From Concept to Market

JSLS Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
The Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons
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This is an account of the steps one goes through in the development of a new device or instrument. It starts with the conditions that generate the need and then the concept of a new instrument and goes through the process of designing it and protecting it with a patent; it then proceeds through the development of a working prototype and a final refined product. It provides an outline of the steps needed to get the device into the national or international market by selling or licensing it to a company willing to develop it. To be able to demonstrate this process of invention and give real life to the steps involved in the making of an instrument as mentioned above, I describe the circumstances that generated the idea and the development of the Christoudias Tissue Approximator Grasper. The patent is published as issued to demonstrate its different components.

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