The Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) is the medtech industry's most-prestigious program, recognizing the year's most significant advances in medical product design and engineering. The winners in 10 categories will be crowned at an awards ceremony on opening day, June 9, of MD&M East.

In addition to medical device manufacturers, the MDEA program honors suppliers and others who work behind the scenes to produce breakthrough medical products. Not surprisingly, a fair number of contract molders and plastics processors are among the finalists, including Phillips-Medisize (Hudson, MN), which partnered with Exact Sciences (Madison, WI) to develop a first-of-its-kind at-home cancer-screening test, and Polygon Co. (Walkerton, IN ) and Putnam Plastics (Dayville, CT), which contributed to the development of an incision-free uterine fibroid treatment system manufactured by Gynesonics (pictured).

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