Next-Generation Medical Device Companies Adopt Arena to Improve Their Product Development Processes

FOSTER CITY, CA -- (MARKET WIRE) -- Mar 18, 2009 -- Arena Solutions, a provider of on-demand software that helps small and mid-size manufacturers manage their complex and constantly changing product record, today announced its software is being used by some of the hottest new medical device manufacturers defining what is possible in healthcare now and in the future. The latest companies in the medical device industry to adopt Arena -- ACUTemp, VasoNova, ProGenTech Ltd., and Nanostim -- share a culture of innovation and have realized early in the lives of their businesses that it's more important than ever, despite the challenging economic climate, to support their operations teams with tools that help get their products to market in line with time, cost, regulatory and quality expectations.

Arena provides these medical device manufacturers a collaborative environment for centralizing, controlling and analyzing complex and constantly changing product information, including the design history file (DHF), device master record (DMR), bills of materials (BOMs), part specifications and change orders. The software helps reduce design errors while increasing the speed of information exchange across the enterprise and with its outsourcing partners. In addition, Arena makes it much easier for small and mid-size medical device manufacturers to comply with the ever-changing standards and regulations that govern the development and delivery of products in their industry.

The companies using Arena to gain greater control over their design and manufacturing processes are bringing to market new technologies that will significantly benefit healthcare across the nation and throughout the world. Among them are:

--  AcuTemp Thermal Systems, which is responsible for the design and
    manufacture of reliable products for the storage and transport of
    temperature-sensitive goods that enhance or save human life.
--  Nanostim, Inc., a company that creates miniaturized, leadless cardiac
--  VasoNova, which is developing a new peripherally inserted central
    catheter to facilitate easier, more accurate catheter placement.
--  ProGenTech Limited, a life science and molecular diagnostics company
    committed to delivering next-generation instrumentation for nucleic acid
    and protein purification and molecular diagnostic testing.

Because Arena is a web-native, on-demand (SaaS) application, these small and mid-size manufacturers have been easily able to take advantage of its benefits in the areas of availability, cost savings, security, ease of implementation and ease of use. With no servers or IT staff required, companies are able to get up and running with little to no investment or overhead.

Perhaps the most significant advantage of the SaaS model is the Arena Validation Maintenance Service (VMS). Arena is able to provide customers with results of its internal software validation for use as their own evidence of system compliance, saving customers the time and expense associated with completing these efforts themselves. This type of service is not available with traditional client/server software and can often take internal teams hundreds of hours every time a new software version is released.

"Our newest medical device customers are terrific examples of innovative companies with great foresight. They are staying squarely focused on getting their products to market instead of on trying to work with, and ultimately around, inefficient and error-prone spreadsheet software that many small and mid-size companies use at the start and quickly find to be one of their greatest roadblocks," said Marc Escobosa, vice president of product design at Arena Solutions. "When it comes to the success of their companies, these managers have recognized the critical role played by their operations professionals, quality and regulatory leaders and key team members like document control managers, and have made sure to provide them with software that can enhance the way they do their jobs."

To offer strategies for how to address the unique obstacles medical manufacturers face in effectively managing and securely sharing their product information, Arena Solutions has written a whitepaper, titled "Beyond Colored Folders and Spreadsheets: Next-Generation Document Control for the Medical Device Industry." The complimentary whitepaper discusses the issues and risks associated with using manual processes, paper folders and network drives for the distribution, sign-off and storage of device records, and it gives insight into how automated, electronic solutions can help medical device companies manage their DMR, DHF and change orders easily and efficiently without extra validation overhead. To download the free document, please go to:

About Arena Solutions

Arena Solutions enables small and mid-size manufacturers to deliver quality products to market on time and on budget. Arena provides a collaborative environment for centralizing, controlling and analyzing complex and constantly changing product information, including bills of materials (BOMs), part specifications and change orders.

The repository for the product record, Arena sits at the epicenter of the broader product lifecycle management (PLM) landscape, connecting with systems like CAD, EDA, PDM and ERP and linking organizations with their supply chains. With its on-demand, software-as-a-service (SaaS) approach, Arena is a low-risk, rapid-return proposition that makes enterprise-class functionality available to companies that would otherwise have to contend with manual, time-consuming and error-prone product data management processes.

Founded in February 2000, Arena Solutions is headquartered in Foster City, California.

For more information, please visit the company's website at

Arena and Arena Solutions are trademarks of Arena Solutions, Inc., Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. All rights reserved. Other product and company names are the property of their respective holders.

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