PA Consulting Group develops a novel colonoscope for Ethicon Endo-Surgery


PA Consulting Group – the leading international management, systems and technology consultancy, has developed a novel colonoscope for Ethicon Endo-Surgery from initial concept to clinical trial units in 12 months.

The device is smaller, lighter and more flexible than existing 'scopes and uses a guide wire to facilitate navigation through the colon. Risk to the program was minimized through early prototype testing and regular design reviews.

The design of the verification tests and packaging was completed in parallel with the device development and the commissioning of a custom manufacturing facility at PA’s Cambridge Technology Centre in the UK. Whilst production equipment and assembly procedures were developed and validated, training and testing continued so that trials could begin immediately. Disciplined, compliant control of the project delivered a full Design History File (DHF), Device Master Record (DMR) and devices ready for clinical trials within one year.
An extract from the published conclusions of the Phase One study states: "…successful in over 90% of patients with previous failure of complete colonoscopy."
Ian Rhodes, a Member of PA’s Management Group comments: “Close collaboration enabled Ethicon Endo-Surgery and PA Consulting to achieve First in Human (FIH) devices within 12 months. Such collaboration underpins the value of adopting the Open Innovation approach and in engaging with PA as your partner of choice.”
PA has a unique combination of industry expertise and engineering capability, delivering solutions for new products and processes from concept through to launch.  PA has dedicated international technology centers in Cambridge UK, and Princeton, NJ, USA. PA carries out the development of award-winning products, automation and manufacturing processes, and helps clients understand and use technology more effectively within their businesses.
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