Milestone Scientific Inc. announced on April 21 that Medical Device & Diagnostic Industry (MD&DI) magazine chose the company's STA™ System as a winner of the 2008 Medical Design Excellence Award (MDEA) in the "dental instruments, equipment and supplies" product category. Of the 33 products to receive an MDEA this year, Milestone's STA System was one of only two winning products that serve dental practitioners.
Sponsored by MD&DI, the MDEA competition is an awards program for the medical technology community. It recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes — engineers, scientists, designers and clinicians — who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of health care. MDEA-winning entries excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering achievement, end-user benefit and cost effectiveness in manufacturing, and health-care delivery.
To select the 2008 winners, a comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, human factors, medicine and diagnostics. The 2008 jury selected 33 winners in 10 medical product categories.
"We are delighted that our award winning STA System continues to be recognized by leading industry publications as the best of the best in dental innovations," stated Joe Martin, Milestone's CEO.
Headquartered in Livingston, N.J., Milestone Scientific is engaged in technological solutions for the medical and dental markets. The STA (Single Tooth Anesthesia) System is a computer-controlled local anesthesia delivery system which uses this technology to provide dentists with audible and visual signals as to in-tissue pressure.
Milestone's existing painless injection systems are currently sold in 25 countries.
"The team at Milestone Scientific is honored by this prestigious award. Over the years, our technology has been validated in numerous clinical studies published in professional journals documenting positive clinical results. This award, however, represents a new category of validation for us, so we are very pleased indeed," noted Dr. Mark Hochman, Director of Clinical Affairs of Milestone and STA System inventor.
The award ceremony will be hosted June 4 during the Medical Design and Medical Manufacturing East 2008 Conference and Exposition at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York City.
For more information about the 2008 MDEA award winners, please visitawards.