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Welcome, Jacob Foster: Regulatory and Quality Solutions' New Senior Principal Engineer

Jacob Foster brings 20+ years of medical device and pharmaceutical regulatory, quality, and project management experience to R&Q. He also brings an engaging personality, eager to do more for clients.

Pittsburgh, PA -- Regulatory and Quality Solutions LLC (R&Q) exists to improve people’s lives and bring more safe and effective medical devices to market for medical device and combination product companies. Our results derive from a cohesive, hard-working, entrepreneurial, and supportive culture – a culture in which Jacob Foster effortlessly fits in.

R&Q is truly ecstatic to announce that Jacob Foster has been named Senior Principal Engineer.

An industry veteran of the global pharmaceutical and medical device industries, Foster brings extensive management, project leadership, and hands-on quality systems development experience to R&Q’s rapidly expanding operations team. His years of experience in the ever-changing regulatory environment  - including the upcoming and all-important EU MDR - strengthens R&Q's ability to expertly and efficiently serve clients. Foster has lived through uncertain times in the industry and despite the complexity of changes, has a track record of successfully navigating and deciphering them.

“I met the team at R&Q about three years ago, and became “fast friends” with each and every team member I was introduced to," said Foster. "So when the opportunity arose to join R&Q, it was one of the easiest decisions I have ever had to make. The culture of R&Q and the earnest sincerity to contribute to patient safety and client success is tangible. Who would not want to be a part of that?”

Minnesota Momentum: R&Q Hires Member of ISO Technical Committee 210, Mark Swanson

Mark Swanson is R&Q's new Director of Minneapolis–Saint Paul (MSP) Territory. Welcome, Mark!

Mark's addition firmly establishes R&Q in the Twin Cities and prepares R&Q to handle growth in the region. The hiring also builds upon R&Q's existing technical leadership, increasing company-wide capability. Mark will certainly be seen and heard across Minnesota on behalf of R&Q, starting today at MD&M Minneapolis!

Mark is a Senior Member of ASQ and holds ASQ certifications as a Certified Biomedical Auditor (CBA), Certified Quality Engineer (CQE) and Certified Manager of Quality/Organizational Excellence (CMQ/OE).

Read on as we ask Mark three questions about his work on the ISO Technical Committee and shed light on his background/experience.

4 Things R&Q Learned At MD&M East

What an action-packed three days MD&M East was this year! Our team is exhausted, but in the absolute best way possible. I'm not sure how anyone who attended the show could've escaped the exhaustion... as the exhibit floor was BIG. If you're reading this and attended, hopefullly you found the conference worthwhile. We certainly did.

Here are four things we learned this year.

This New Med Device Will Help You Sleep Better

Everyone appreciates a good night's sleep.

A big obstacle to that is the fact that 18 million American adults suffer from Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA), and the condition arises simply from a wayward throat muscle. A new study by Dr. Richard Schwab, co-medical director of the Sleep Center at the University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, shows how a new technique that can correct the issue.

Revisiting a Classic: The Pirate-Themed CT Scanner

Behold medical device ingenuity at its finest. In 2013 the NewYork-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital purchased a pirate-themed CT scanner, and the result is an incredible way to put children at ease before being scanned. See the rest of the creativity in pictures below.

Announcing R&Q's Newest Senior FDA Compliance Principal: Former FDA Consumer Safety Officer Jake O'Donnell

R&Q is thrilled to announce the newest member of our team. Jake O'Donnell will act as Senior FDA Compliance Principal beginning February 2016. Jake formerly acted as Consumer Safety Officer (CSO) at the FDA for 20 years.

We Made a Video About R&Q! Here's Why.

One of R&Q's priorities in 2015 was to find new, distinctive ways to tell our story. We wanted to make it abundantly clear to potential clients and employees that R&Q is first and foremost about improving lives. We also wanted to clearly explain how we improve lives.

The result of our brainstorming was to create a short video that takes the viewer through the journey of how R&Q helps our clients - from start to finish.

Devices for the Military

This past weekend I travelled to the Chicago-land area to attend my brother’s graduation from Northern Illinois University and commissioning into the US Army. He will be reporting to Fort Leonard Wood, Missouri for officer training as part of the Army Corps of Engineers. This has been a very proud and exciting time for all of us.

Deep Breaths

The standard treatment for patients with cancer of the larynx is to have a tracheostomy tube installed. Tracheostomy tubes are Class II devices, under 21 CFR 868.5800. According to ProTip CEO Maurice Beranger, this technology has not changed in 140 years. Tracheostomy tubes impair a patient’s ability to breathing through the upper airway and talk normally.

Pounding the Pavement

Earlier this year I joined a running club, Steel City Road Runners (come run with us!). I’m still a newbie, but I really enjoy the challenge that running provides. This past week, the Boston Marathon announced to applicants who would be awarded the last 5,000 spots in the 2014 Boston Marathon. It was really inspiring to see many of the people in my group be awarded these spots, I know how hard they have worked, and I’ve pounded the pavement with them more than once.

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