The DMV area has become a hub for innovation in several industries. When it comes to the medical science, healthcare, and fitness industry, it’s clearly a leader compared to other regions like silicon valley or new York. Several startups and companies in the DMV area are trying to build medical devices or fitness devices to improve the health of millions of Americans. We have compiled a list of companies/individuals, who are experts in medical device design and manufacturing.

Spark Product Development

Spark Product Development is a full-service design and engineering firm located in Richmond, VA. The company provides comprehensive product development services, from initial concept ideation to final manufacturing. SPARK’s medical design team is dedicated to enhancing patient outcomes, whether it be in a hospital or home setting. Their focus on innovation in medical design extends beyond diagnostic tools and surgical devices to include therapeutic equipment, wearable health monitors, and more. William (Bill) Riley is the cofounder of Spark Product Development and has designed dozens of successful consumer and medical products.


Contact: Bruce Ferris ( ), Philip O’Connor (

Blue Fin Innovations

For more than 25 years, Bluefin Innovations has been a tightly-knit team of pragmatic and driven innovators, who consistently create new products. Their work has resulted in the generation of over 75 patents for clients. The team is recognized for its ability to tackle technical challenges while prioritizing practicality and effectiveness. Together, they have developed over 400 products in the past 25 years. Bluefin’s skilled design, engineering, and manufacturing team work closely with clients throughout the entire process, from product definition to manufacturing release, to ensure the successful launch of the next big product.


Contact: Ben Feldman is the CEO of Bluefin,

Professor Ryan D Sochol, UMD

Professor Ryan Sochol’s Bioinspired Advanced Manufacturing (BAM) Laboratory is at the forefront of developing micro/nanoscale additive manufacturing, commonly referred to as “3D printing,” strategies that advance the life sciences and biomedical applications, with the ultimate goal of improving human health and well-being. These efforts primarily utilize two alternative 3D printing technologies. The first is “Direct Laser Writing,” a 3D manufacturing technique based on two-photon/multiphoton polymerization that can achieve feature resolutions as small as 100 nanometers. The second is “PolyJet 3D Printing,” which is a multi-material inkjet-based approach capable of achieving feature resolutions in the 100-micron range.


Ryan Sochol,
Associate Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering
Affiliate Faculty, Fischell Department of Bioengineering
A. James Clark School of Engineering
University of Maryland, College Park

Brian Hack

With over six years of experience in product design and mechanical engineering, Brian Hack has worked as an independent consultant and for design firms as well. The process and outcomes of collaborating with interdisciplinary teams to solve complex design and user experience puzzles inspire him. Brain’s dedication to problem-solving has instilled a strong commitment to approaching critical and systematic design. He uses this approach to create tools, products, and solutions that are not only functional and intuitive but also delightful for the end users.


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    Piyush Jain

    Piyush Jain is the CEO and Founder of Simpalm. He leads the business and engineering team to build the mobile and web product solution for clients. He loves to write thought leadership articles on IoT, Mobile, Blockchain, BigData, Web and other software technologies.