SOURCE: Foliage

April 30, 2007 11:32 ET

Foliage to Speak at Medical Development Group Forum

Executive to Address Critical Issue of Developing Software in a Regulated vs. Non-Regulated Environment

BURLINGTON, MA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- April 30, 2007 -- Foliage, a technology consulting and product development partner to companies developing life- and mission-critical solutions, today announced that Timothy Bosch, chief architect of Foliage's Medical Division, will be presenting as part of a panel at the Medical Development Group (MDG) Forum being held May 2 from 6:00-8:30 p.m. in Waltham, Mass.

The panel, entitled "Medical Device Software: Don't Let the Bits Byte!," will cover the process and issues surrounding the development of medical device software. Bosch will address the varied requirements of developing software in a regulated vs. a non-regulated environment and the key questions and concerns surrounding this topic.

"Good commercial software development practices and those required for medical device software development are more alike than some may think. For instance, medical device software development can take advantage of iterative and agile development methods that have advanced commercial software development," stated Bosch. "The distinctions between the two deal more with the rigor with which process evidence is managed and the need for validation. This is a vital topic for those in the medical software industry to learn about, and I am pleased to be part of the panel addressing it."

"Developing medical device software is a meticulous and demanding process that requires a controlled approach and compliance to numerous standards and regulations," said Brian Shoemaker, Ph.D., principal consultant with ShoeBar Associates and membership chair of the MDG. "Having an expert like Tim on our panel will help attendees make sense of the complexities involved and better enable them to be successful with their development efforts."

Foliage has served the medical industry over the last 16 years. Its experience includes providing strategic consulting and development services for products ranging from complex medical devices to sophisticated patient information systems.

Sponsored by the MDG, a community of professionals in the Medical Device and Technology industry who believe that innovation and advances in technology lead to substantial improvements in healthcare, the MDG Forum will take place at the Emerging Enterprise Center at the Bay Colony Corporate Center located at 100 Winter Street, Suite 4000, North Entrance, in Waltham, Mass. For additional information or to register, visit http://www.meddevgroup.org/.

About Foliage

Foliage, the driving force behind many of today's life- and mission-critical products, provides clients with the business sense, industry insight and technology expertise needed to bring the right products to market faster. Since 1991, Foliage has provided clients with vital insight into the product development process, facilitating better-informed business decisions across the organization. Foliage enables its clients in the aerospace, financial, industrial equipment, medical and semiconductor industries to capture market share and maximize profitability. A privately held company, Foliage has offices in Burlington, Mass., Westford, Mass. and Mesa, Ariz. For more information, visit www.foliage.com.

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