October 2, 2012
CLEMSON — Clemson University has established the first program to train engineers to recycle and reprocess medical devices. The Medical Device Recycling and Reprocessing Certificate Program offered by the Clemson University Biomedical Engineering Innovation Campus (CUBEInC) was developed in response to the dramatic market adoption of reprocessing in recent years.
Medical device reprocessing was identified as a core component of green technology and is predicted to be one of the top 20 fastest-growing industries in the next five years.
Clemson researchers discovered a need for highly qualified and educated engineers to optimize device designs to reprocess and manage medical device reuse.
…Clemson’s program is made possible, in part, thanks to contributions from the third-party reprocessors, including market leader Stryker Sustainability Solutions.
“Clemson deserves to be recognized for developing a new program that meets an important industry need,” said Brian White, president of Stryker Sustainability Solutions.
“Reprocessing is one of the top financial and environmental sustainability initiatives currently employed by U.S. hospitals,” he said. “We’re pleased to be a part of an initiative that will result in more highly trained experts who will be focused on developing future medical devices specifically designed for reprocessing…”