Gladstone, NJ — HS Design today announced that gammaCore Sapphire™ has been selected as the Readers’ Choice winner and Bellus SkinPen®has been selected as the Bronze winner of the 21st Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. The 2019 winning products were announced at the MDEA Ceremony held Tuesday, June 11 in conjunction with Medical Design & Manufacturing (MD&M) East at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.  

The gammaCore Sapphire™, a non-invasive vagus nerve stimulator (nVNS), that treats pain related to migraine and episodic cluster headache. Designed as a portable, easy-to-use technology, the therapy can be self-administered via placement on a patient’s neck over the vagus nerve, stimulating the nerve’s fibers and resulting in a reduction of pain. HS Design partnered with the electroCore team on the user research, industrial design, user interface and mechanical engineering. The design focused on consumer healthcare parallels the novel technology features easy cleaning and simple intuitive operation.

The Bellus SkinPen® Precision microneedling device new MDEA Finalist Status follows becoming the first FDA-cleared microneedling device in 2018, that created a new class II category. Based on a series of technological advances, the handheld device, non-invasively creates controlled micro-injuries clinically proven to safely improve the appearance of facial acne scars for patients 22 years and older. HS Design worked in conjunction with Bellus Medical and Sparton Medical Systems in the design and development of the precision microneedling device.

The MDEAs are the medical technology industry’s premier design competition committed to searching for the world’s highest caliber finished medical devices, products, systems, or packaging available on the market. The awards program celebrates the achievements of the medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the cutting-edge products that are saving lives; improving patient healthcare; and transforming medtech—one innovation at a time. 

“The MDEA is a premier award and we’re thrilled to be recognized by them in this way. The recognition means a tremendous amount to all the team members that put so much passion in the development of both the gammaCore and SkinPen products. We are excited to see them being recognized,”noted Tor Alden, Principal of HS Design, Inc. 

The 2019 MDEA juror panel selected exceptional finalists in nine medical technology product categories. Products were judged based on design and engineering innovation, function and user-related innovation, patient benefits, business benefits, and overall benefit to the healthcare system. Unlike other design competitions that are merely styling contests, the MDEA jury is comprised of a balance of practicing doctors, nurses, and technicians alongside industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers, and human factors experts.

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ABOUT electroCore, Inc.:

electroCore, Inc. is a commercial-stage bioelectronic medicine company dedicated to improving patient outcomes through its platform non-invasive vagus nerve stimulation therapy initially focused on the treatment of multiple conditions in neurology and rheumatology. The company’s initial targets are the preventative treatment of cluster headache and acute treatment of migraine and episodic cluster headache. For more information, visit

ABOUT Bellus Medical:

Bellus Medical, the premier medical aesthetics company, is dedicated to helping leading aesthetic practices around the world grow their businesses. We do that by delivering dramatic results in rejuvenation and restoration. Our non-invasive innovations – SkinPen®, the first FDA-cleared microneedling device; the post-microneedling protocol SKINFUSE®; the light-activated cream Allumera®; and the platelet-rich plasma systems ProGen™ and RegenLab® – act as “gateway” products that draw new consumers to practices. Based in Dallas, Texas, Bellus sets industry standards for efficacy, safety, and innovation. As a result, our customers consistently deliver the best aesthetic care in the business. For more information, please visit  

ABOUT HS Design:

HS Design (HSD) is FDA compliant and is an ISO 13485 certified user centered design firm specializing in research, experiential design and engineering for Medical, Scientific, consumer healthcare products and delivery systems.  HSD integrates insight, experience, and innovation with user needs and client core competencies to develop products that exhibit a strategic advantage in the marketplace. The combination of Research, HFE, Industrial Design, UI/UX, and Engineering allows HSD to design for diverse environments and their implementation to manufacturing makes it a reality. HSD’s commitment to design excellence and strong relationships with our client partners has yielded numerous Medical Device Excellence Awards.  

HSD delivers innovative results through their unique ability to partner in development and combine creativity with end users’ needs and manufacturing implementation. HS Design offers a variety of services specifically aimed at aligning user needs to new ideas and technology to bring them to market quickly. For more information, please visit:

About Medical Design Excellence Awards

The MDEA program is presented by Informa’s Advanced Manufacturing portfolio, the leading B-to-B event producer, publisher, and digital media business for the world’s $3 trillion advanced, technology-based manufacturing industry, and by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the industry’s central source for late breaking news, information, and business intelligence. For more information about the Medical Design Excellence Awards—including additional details about the manufacturers and suppliers that created the 2019 MDEA-winning products—visit the MDEA website at or e-mail:

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