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Continued: Whiteboard Product Solutions Inc. is a product genie

  • Article by: DEE DEPASS , Star Tribune
  • Last update: April 13, 2013 - 5:13 PM

Gary Hansen, 3M’s new-product discovery manager for Infection Prevention, said, “I would not hesitate to work with [Whiteboard] again.” Hansen was the R&D director of what is now 3M Arizant Healthcare when he sought Polk’s help.

The guts of Arizant’s waterless blood-warming system for trauma emergencies worked. But engineers had little idea how to encase them into a snazzy, professional-looking medical device. “So, we brought this [project] to them because they had a better competency in the practical aspects of making a device,” Hansen said.

Whiteboard transformed Arizant’s sketches into 3-D models and then designed a handsome housing to neatly contain the mechanical guts that can warm 70 liters of blood per hour.

Arizant liked Whiteboard’s prototype. Hansen said 3M is launching the new “Rapid Ranger Flow Warmer System” in June.


Dee DePass • 612-673-7725


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