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Biodesign by Paul Yock, Josh Makower, Stefanos Zenios

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Stage 4Acclarent Case Study

Stage 4 Concept selection
To determine whether the idea of using balloons to address chronic sinusitis was feasible, Makower and Chang had to take the idea through steps described in the concept selection stage of the biodesign innovation process. Even though they were not directly comparing the balloon solution against another idea, they had to be sure it would clear all appropriate hurdles before making a decision as to whether or not this would be their final concept. “We realized that there were a million questions that needed to be answered once we had cleared the simple hurdle of widening a sinus passageway. But none of these questions were worth asking if we did not know if we could find a technology that ...

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