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New Product Development of Medical Devices* (42 HOURS)

Product Design and Innovation
*This is a non-WSQ module.

In an increasingly technologically complex world, product developers are expected to be masters of creativity, communication and collaboration. They must understand the processes of innovation, problem-solving and strategic decision making. Through this course, participants will learn how to develop new and innovative technology products for the global marketplace, work with cutting-edge design and making technologies including 3D digital design and 3D printing, gain skills and knowledge in design, making, creativity, innovation, technical analysis, and quality management system.

Today’s molecular diagnostics (MDx) is a game-changer for clinical laboratories, offering powerful tools for earlier and higher accurate detection of diseases. On the other hand, microfluidic Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) technologies offer significant advantages to molecular diagnostics: high speed, low cost, system integration and automation. In a LOC MDx device, various diagnostic steps can be seamlessly integrated into a single microchip. As a result, diagnostic procedures can be dramatically simplified and accelerated. Participants will get the opportunity during this course to practise their product innovation skills in the development of LOC MDx products under the close mentorship of an experienced product designer through group projects. Besides acquiring laboratory skills to operate MDx products, and training to build up a quality management system for medical products, participants will also gain knowledge about MDx fundamentals and applications and the microfluidics components design and fabrication through a combination of lectures and case studies.

Through our innovative Learn-Practise-Implement™ (LPI™) pedagogy plus mentorship training module, participants earn the confidence in new product development, especially for medical products such as molecular diagnostic device.

about the programme

The course integrates the training of important disciplines through 2 key stages:

  • Product Design: Ranging from idea generation, concept formulation and prototyping, to quality management, with the implementing of the skills
  • Skills Development: Participants practise skills in the development journey of Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) based molecular diagnostics (MDx) products.

Participants will learn about fundamental design principles as well as engineering concepts that are applied to the actual design processes. They are taught on how to use computer-aided design software and prototyping tools, before progressing to medical diagnostics product innovation and development projects under the guidance of industry experts in this field.

Microfluidics Lab-on-a-Chip (LOC) is an emerging technology which enables the miniaturization of medical diagnostic instrument and devices. It needs specific knowledge and skills regarding the microfluidics and Lab-on-a-Chip fundamentals, immune-sensing and optical detection, nuclei acid and cell analysis, and body blood treatment. This course trains participants to bridge these gaps. Participants learn the latest knowledge on how to transfer a laboratory protocol of body fluid analysis into a miniaturized MDx instrument and cartridge-based on microfluidics Lab-on-a-Chip strategy.

Participants will understand the concepts and applications of MDx technology. With the guidance of their experienced mentors, participants are given hands-on practical experience to practise nuclei acid testing, and experience the New Product Development (NPD) process of medical diagnostic instrument including the establishment of quality management system for medical devices.

Who Should Attend

This course is designed for and targeted at engineers or PMETs who have a degree or background knowledge of mechanical and/or product design and interested in gaining knowledge and skills on new product development. It is also recommended for participants seeking skills improvement and knowledge enhancement in medical product development, especially on molecular diagnostics and microfluidic Lab-on-Chip.

Course Outline

Course Outline

The course is delivered through a combination of lectures and hands-on practical sessions to better equip participants with knowledge and skills to the product design and innovation, implementing them in a case about miniaturized molecular diagnostic device. Case studies and project work form an integral element of the course structure in training the participants to make informed decisions and implement real-life processing solutions.


  • Product Design Process
  • Lab-on-a-Chip Basics
  • Molecular Diagnostics Basics
  • ISO 9001
  • ISO 13485


  • Idea Generation Tools
  • Modeling and Sketching
  • Prototyping
  • 3D Printing
  • Foam Board Cutting
  • Arduino Programming
  • Molecular Diagnostics
  • Lab Training


  • Miniaturized Molecular Diagnostics Product

Upon Completion of This Course


Participants will be awarded with a Certificate of Attendance (COA) by SIMTech if they meet the following criteria:

  • Achieve at least 75% course attendance;
  • Take all assessments; and
  • Pass the course.

Pre-Requisites, Full and Nett Course Fees


  • Applicants should possess a degree in any discipline or a diploma with a minimum of 3 years of related working experience.
  • Applicants who do not have the required academic qualifications are still welcome to apply, but shortlisted candidates may be required to attend an interview for special approval.
  • Proficiency in written and spoken English.

Full Course Fee

The full course fee for this module is $4,000 before funding and prevailing GST.

Nett Course Fee

Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders
Employer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above
(MCES) ²
SME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders) (ETSS) ¹
$4,320 $1,296 $496
All fees are inclusive of prevailing GST.

Please note that fees and funding amount are subject to change.

  • Long Term Visit Pass Plus (LTVP+) Holders
    The LTVP+ scheme applies to lawful foreign spouses of Singapore Citizens with (i) at least one Singapore Citizen child or are expecting one from the marriage, or at least three years of marriage, and (ii) where the Singapore Citizen sponsor is able to support the family.

    All LTVP+ holders can be identified with their green visit pass cards, with the word ‘PLUS’ printed on the back of the card.

    • ¹ Under the Enhanced Training Support for Small & Medium Enterprises (SMEs) scheme (ETSS), subject to eligibility criteria shown below.

      SMEs that meet all of the following eligibility criteria:

      • Registered or incorporated in Singapore
      • Employment size of not more than 200 or with annual sales turnover of not more than $100 million

      SME-sponsored Trainees:

      • Must be Singapore Citizens or Singapore Permanent Residents.
      • Courses have to be fully paid for by the employer.
      • Trainee is not a full-time national serviceman. 

      Further Info: This scheme is intended for all organisations, including non-business entities not registered with ACRA e.g. VWOs, societies, etc. Only ministries, statutory boards, and other government agencies are not eligible under Enhanced Training Support for SMEs Scheme. Sole proprietorships which meet all of the above criteria are also eligible.

    Singaporeans aged 25 years old and above are eligible for SkillsFuture Credit which can be used to offset course fees (for self-sponsored registrations only).

    For more information on the SkillsFuture funding schemes you are eligible for, please visit www.ssg.gov.sg

    How course fees are calculated

    International Participants Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ HoldersEmployer-sponsored and self-sponsored Singapore Citizens aged 40 years and above SME-sponsored local employees (i.e Singapore Citizens, Singapore Permanent Residents and LTVP+ Holders)
    Not applicable for SkillsFuture Funding SkillsFuture Funding (Baseline)  SkillsFuture Mid-career Enhanced Subsidy (MCES) ²SkillsFuture Enhanced Training Support for SMEs (ETSS) ¹
    Full Course Fee $4,000$4,000$4,000 $4,000 
    SkillsFuture Funding Not Applicable  ($2,800) ($3,600) ($3,600)
    Nett Course Fee $4,000$1,200 $400 $400
    8% GST
    $320$96* $96* $96*
    Total Nett Course Fee Payable to Training Provider $4,320$1,296 $496 $496
    * Based on 30% of Full Course Fee

    Contact Us

    For technical enquiries, please contact:

    Dr WANG Zhenfeng,
    Email: zfwang@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

    For general enquiries, please contact:

    Ms Joyce LING, 
    Email: linglp@SIMTech.a-star.edu.sg

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    • Please register for this course through our Course Registration Form.
    • For the first question, please select Qn1: Modular Programmes
    • Applicants will be placed on our waiting list if the course does not have an upcoming scheduled intake.
    • Once the next intake is confirmed to commence, SIMTech will contact the applicants to share the class information.


    Skills Course Reference Number Training Period
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    Registration Status
    • New Product Development of Medical Devices (42 hours)
    EVE 6 Jun 2023 - 25 Jul 2023

    The Jun 2023 intake is canceled. New dates will be published soon.
    : Full Day  AM
    : Morning PM
    : Afternoon EVE
    : Evening