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Wed Aug 1
  • Trade Show

UL PRESENTING: "Life after Usability Validation"- Strategies and Trends in the Fields of Human Factors and Usability

  • Trade Show

Merrick Kossack is presenting “Life after Usability Validation” at the Marcus Evans 4th Annual Human Factors Excellence for Medical Device Design Conference. The conference will bring together professionals responsible for human factors engineering, user experience, usability engineering, and research and development to highlight cutting edge strategies and emerging trends in the fields of human factors and usability studies. Participants will uncover key tactics to mitigate use related risk and conduct validation testing.

Key Topics:

  • Improve device usability and user experience through enhanced testing and research strategies
  • Develop user-friendly devices by factoring in use environment and necessary training requirements
  • Maintain compliance by understanding existing and forthcoming changes in the regulatory space
  • Boost strategies for incorporating technology, wearables, and connected devices to improve the user interface
  • Assess the differences in development and submission requirements of combination products

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Speaker Bio:

Merrick Kossack, Research Director, Human Factors Engineering, UL - Wiklund

Merrick Kossack serves as Research Director of Human Factors Engineering (HFE) at UL-Wiklund. In this role, he works with medical technology developers to understand their HFE needs, develop strategies to meet those needs, and deliver the necessary HFE services. He manages UL-Wiklund's HFE services based in the Chicago area and supports the efforts in the group's other offices in Concord, MA, Utrecht, The Netherlands, and Tokyo, Japan. His past work has involved technologies ranging from medical robotics to diagnostic and therapeutic devices to combination products.

Merrick has been performing human factors engineering for over 25 years, most of that in the medical device industry. Immediately prior to joining UL-Wiklund, Merrick served as Principal Human Factors Engineer at Intuitive Surgical where he led the human factors engineering efforts developing the da Vinci Xi Surgical System. Merrick has been a regular contributor to the Association for Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI) Human Factors Engineering committee. Merrick also taught human factors in medical device development at the University of California-Santa Cruz and is currently a member of AAMI's faculty helping to teach their Human Factors for Medical Devices course.

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