National Instruments Advances Medical Device Design with Technology and Training

New Workshops and Grant Program to Help Developers Simplify Medical Device Design with NI Technology

AUSTIN, Texas – May 28, 2008 – National Instruments (Nasdaq: NATI) today announced three initiatives to help support safe and efficient medical device development. Beginning in June, National Instruments is offering a series of free workshops that demonstrate how to develop a medical device using NI technology as well as provide instruction on how to secure validation for the device from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA). The company also is co-hosting a two-day workshop in August to give physicians, scientists and engineers a forum to network and share ideas on addressing some of the challenges and solutions for device research, development and commercialization. Additionally, National Instruments has started a grant program that will provide software, support and training to start-up companies developing medical devices.

NI hardware and software currently are used in a variety of medical devices including the Audeo from Ambient Corporation, a noninvasive device that acquires and interprets neurological signals to perform various actions such as speaking and moving; the PASCAL photocoagulator from OptiMedica, which reduces various retinal disease treatments from one hour to five minutes; and the Visica2 Treatment System from Sanarus Medical, a minimally invasive tumor treatment device that greatly reduces patient pain and discomfort. Each of these products was designed, prototyped and deployed using the NI LabVIEW graphical system design platform, which helped the medical device manufacturers quickly create reliable and cost-effective medical devices and shorten their time to market. This technology also makes it possible for developers to measure and understand physiological data and treat some of the worlds most serious illnesses and disabilities by designing devices with improved efficiency to decrease costs and increase long-term health.

“National Instruments technology played a critical role in the quick design, prototype and deployment of the Visica2 Treatment System,” said Jeff Stevens, principal systems engineer at Sanarus. “In addition to meeting a demanding release schedule, the NI graphical system design platform helped us develop a safe, reliable, high-quality medical device that is extremely effective in destroying common tumors with little discomfort to our patients.”

To help other medical device companies simplify development, National Instruments is hosting Medical Device Development – From Concept to Approval, a free, one-day workshop that will show attendees how they can use NI hardware and software in their development of more efficient and cost-effective medical devices. Offered in three U.S. locations, the workshop focuses teaching attendees ways to develop a simple medical device and features topics such as system requirements, prototyping, test development, deployment and FDA validation.

In collaboration with Carilion Biomedical Institute, National Instruments also is co-hosting an industry workshop that brings together physicians, scientists and engineers who are focused on developing innovative, effective and safe medical devices. The Medical Device Workshop, scheduled for Aug. 5–6 during NIWeek 2008, the companys annual graphical system design conference and exhibition, examines the landscape of the medical device market and offers a unique networking opportunity for physicians, researchers and engineers. Additionally, National Instruments will provide hands-on training on how to use NI technology to simplify all phases of medical device development from research to device deployment. The workshop kicks off with a keynote from G. Terry Sharrer, Ph.D., executive director of the Medical Innovation and Transformation Institute of the Inova Health System and former curator of health sciences at the Smithsonian Institute.

Additionally, because many of the innovative advances in medical technology over the past 20 years have been developed by small, entrepreneurial medical technology companies, National Instruments has created a grant program that will award up to $25,000 USD in software, support and training to up to 40 start-up medical device companies that are evaluating NI hardware as a component of their devices. The goal of the new grant program is to help start-up companies reduce the cost and complexity of development by providing them with technology such as the LabVIEW graphical programming environment. National Instruments is accepting applications for the grant program until Sept. 30.

Readers can visit to learn more about these medical device initiatives, apply for the grant program, read case studies and download webcasts. To learn more about the Medical Device Workshop and to register for NIWeek, readers can visit

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National Instruments ( is transforming the way engineers and scientists design, prototype and deploy systems for measurement, automation and embedded applications. NI empowers customers with off-the-shelf software such as NI LabVIEW and modular cost-effective hardware, and sells to a broad base of more than 25,000 different companies worldwide, with no one customer representing more than 3 percent of revenue and no one industry representing more than 10 percent of revenue. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, NI has more than 4,800 employees and direct operations in nearly 40 countries. For the past nine years, FORTUNE magazine has named NI one of the 100 best companies to work for in America. Readers can obtain investment information from the companys investor relations department by calling (512) 683-5090, e-mailing or visiting