Intern Culture Connect

The Co-ops of MED Institute traveled to the heart of Indiana for Cook’s “Intern Culture Connect”. The event lasted two days during which interns from all over Cook learned about the history of the company, exciting new technologies, and the emotional story of one resort selling sulfur water as a laxative.

Day one was held at the impressive corporate headquarters located in Bloomington, Indiana. The day was filled with several activities and presentations.   Throughout the event, products from various business divisions were displayed and interns could see some devices being operated.  Some interns even got to perform the minimally invasive Seldinger technique on several brave grapefruit.  The president of Cook Medical, Pete Yonkman, was also in attendance and participated in a Q&A session.

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Day two was held at the beautiful French Lick Resort.  The historical land mark was purchased by Bill Cook and eventually restored with a small initial investment of 31 million dollars.  A tour of the facility was completed with an in-depth look into the history of the sulfur springs.  A delicious lunch was prepared for the interns and a luau theme was selected for the occasion.  During the lunch several fully restored cars were presented and many pictures were taken with the cars. Eyewitness reports indicate that the MED Institute co-ops were overheard saying they were “too cool to smile in a picture.”

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Overall the Intern Culture Connect was a huge success.  The event was a great opportunity to learn more about the industry and to network with fellow interns. Additionally, everyone in attendance received not one but two biographies of Bill Cook.

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Clinical Trials and Tribulations

MedOur President, Matthew Waninger, was cordially asked to speak at the February 2016 Cavendish Global Health Impact Forum on the topic of Clinical Trials and Tribulations, Lessons for early stage companies.

Cavendish Global helps businesses obtain discrete, peer-to-peer knowledge expansion and a relationship building environment, combined with the innovative resources required to help develop and implement their individual pro-social impact investment, grant making and sustainable philanthropy programs.1

Cavendish Global’s areas of focus include:1

Tying in nicely to Cavendish principles and objectives, Matt shared MED Institute’s principles, history and expertise.  For more than 30 years, MED has provided thoughtful guidance and quality product development services, including clinical trial services, to clients who require expertise in the efficient development of novel medical products and therapies.

At MED Institute we strive to:

  • Channel our creative power into society by providing services to develop products that save and/or improve lives
  • Solve hard problems that matter to patients, physicians and the people with whom we work
  • Collaborate with people who feel as much excitement and possibility in new product ideas as we do

The focus of the talk was early-stage clinical trial decisions and how those decisions can impact trial results negatively or positively.  Knowing when to collect human clinical data, knowing what type of trial to run and having the wisdom to know what questions to ask prospectively are key components to clinical trial success.  Conversely, running the wrong trial, collecting the wrong data, and the inability to enroll patients are just some of the items that can lead to clinical trial tribulations such as wasted time, wasted resources, and even failed trials.

In addition to those considerations, MED believes that clinical trials are given the greatest chance at success by working to truly understand the needs of the client and the clinical site personnel.  Communication and collaborative relationships with clients and clinical site personnel are critically important and are at the forefront of our Clinical Trial Services offering.

To learn more about our Clinical Trial Services and to avoid Clinical Trial tribulations, please contact us at MED Institute Inc. and let us help you run the right trial the right way.

1 Description from the Cavendish Global website,, accessed 5 April 2016.

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Another Audit Celebration

Passing an audit by an accreditation body has become fairly routine for MED Institute; we’ve been audited to ISO 17025 for 12 years now, ISO 14155 for 11, ISO 13485 for 15 years and ISO 9001 for 7 years before that. In addition to accreditation audits, MED undergoes client audits on a regular basis. Client audits provide another way for us to show off our robust system and also a way to improve our quality system with different perspectives. We pride ourselves on maintaining a flexible system and enjoy celebrating meeting our customers’ needs through the audit process. One way we like to celebrate is with cotton candy, because who doesn’t enjoy fresh, made from scratch sugar? Our Director of Engineering Services, Justin Metcalf, brings his own cotton candy machine, so we always have access to sweet treats when celebration calls!

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To learn more about our services, please visit our website.

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