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Medical Devices · c2c:MD

The CCTST supports the design and development of novel devices and solutions to clinical problems through strategic partnerships and programs across the University of Cincinnati, the Academic Health Center and beyond. The University of Cincinnati is uniquely positioned for successful medical device development through world class Colleges and Programs and the integration of industrial practices through co-operative education. The CCTST’s mechanism for supporting medical devices is through c2c:MD.


Collaborate to Create: Medical Devices is an open forum initiated in 2009 to facilitate collaborations between faculty, students and industry partners interested in medical device development. This group meets regularly to streamline device development from concept to practice. Representatives include designers, engineers, clinicians, regulatory specialists, clinical researchers as well as technology transfer specialists.

c2c:MD itself does not develop devices; rather, it is a network of those who do.


To be a local and global community leader for the development of medical devices that improve health and health-related quality of life.


  • Improve the health of the public through excellence in the discovery, dissemination and commercialization of medical devices derived from the application of scientific principles and sound device development methods.
  • Provide students and other members of the community with the knowledge, skills and practical experience needed to pursue medical device development
  • Initiate and foster collaboration among University and its partners
  • Contribute to regional economic growth in the medical device industry.

Activities of c2c:MD

c2c:MD itself does not develop device rather it is a network of those who do. Activities completed to date include:

  1. Integration of medical devices into clinical and translational science and training
  2. Formalized collaborations across colleges and institutions
  3. Developed a mechanism for linking clinical problems with device solutions either through submission of an idea on a secure web-based system, or through one of our studios (see resources and links)
  4. Developed guiding principles for collaborations for use by c2c participants
  5. Performed a gap analysis of available resources in support of medical device development, and implemented strategies for mitigating challenges