Medical Product Design and Manufacturing

From A World Leader in Medical Devices and Diagnostics

Nova Biomedical is a world leader in the development and manufacturing of advanced technology blood testing analyzers and diagnostic products. As the largest privately held in vitro diagnostic company in the U.S., we employ over 1,200 people, including over 125 scientists and engineers, and have sales and service subsidiaries in nine countries and distributors in over 92 other countries. Nova also has 420,000 square feet of development and manufacturing space in facilities in Waltham and Billerica, Massachusetts; and Taipei, Taiwan.

Nova’s clients include some of the world’s best-known healthcare companies, as well as some of the most innovative newcomers.

Over the past 40+ years, we have built a strong reputation based on leadership in diagnostic technology, engineering excellence, cost-effective manufacturing, and integrity. In our entire history, we have never had a mandated product recall from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

Complete, Single Source Partner

From product development to manufacturing, distribution, and field support, and from refurbishment to spare parts management, Nova can provide the entire package or individual functions to supplement a client’s internal capabilities. We work with our clients to develop customized strategies, yet maintain the flexibility to respond quickly to changing business needs. Nova’s comprehensive staff of design, manufacturing, and test engineers; global supply chain experts; and quality and regulatory specialists can handle almost any client need.

Manufacturing Engineering

Nova uses Manufacturing Engineering as the key constant in all projects. Manufacturing Engineering is assigned to the product development project on day one and stays with the project for the life of the product. There is no handoff from development to manufacturing. There is no redesign for manufacturing effectiveness. There is a seamless transition that is managed by Manufacturing Engineering, which ensures that the product is reliable and cost-effective in manufacturing design.

Dedicated Resources

Nova appoints a dedicated development and manufacturing team to your project. Manufacturing is done through a “focused factory” concept where dedicated staff, space, and equipment are permanently assigned to your project.

Direct End User Experience

Nova is unique among medical equipment contract manufacturers because we have direct sales and service experience with end users of our own products. Our experience is not limited to building products to a contract specification and shipping those products to a warehouse. Since 1978, we have been selling and servicing our own lines of critical care blood analyzers, chemistry analyzers for biotechnology, and handheld point-of-care analyzers directly to hospitals worldwide. We know firsthand the importance of manufacturing, quality, speed, and cost to the commercial success of medical products.

Product Development

Engineering and scientific expertise

Nova’s engineering and product development expertise begins with world-class experience in both optical and electrochemical diagnostic technologies for blood chemistry and immunoassay applications. To this we add strong project management with computer-based electronic and electromechanical systems experience. We place particular emphasis on designing for reliability, value, and manufacturing readiness. Key mechanical skills include optics, precision fluid handling, heat transfer mechanisms, plastics, packaging, and industrial design. Electronic skills include both analog and digital circuitry, embedded microprocessors, ESD, and power supplies.

Nova’s software engineers are proficient in real-time control, multi-tasking operation, and custom-embedded systems software. All products are designed for worldwide sales and marketing, with appropriate regulatory certifications.

Nova offers component, sub-system, and complete product prototyping via a state-of-the art, parametric solids model CAD/CAM system, a prototype shop, and 3-D printers.

Our engineering and scientific expertise encompasses the following disciplines:

  • Mechanical engineering
  • Electrical engineering
  • Software engineering
  • Digital imaging
  • Plastics engineering
  • Packaging
  • Test engineering
  • System integration
  • Connectivity/integrated data solutions
  • Analytical chemistry methodologies: Electrochemistry, Flow cytometry, Immunofluorescence, Immunoagglutination, Ellipsometry, Optics, Reagent formulation

Products developed and manufactured

The following is a partial list of products Nova has developed and/or manufactured for our clients:

  • Electrolyte/chemistry module for a laboratory analyzer
  • Peritoneal dialysis system
  • Viral Inactivator for transfused blood
  • Pharmaceutical compounder
  • Cardiac and respiratory sufficiency monitor
  • Immunoassay analyzer (ellipsometry) for physician offices
  • Immunoassay analyzer (flow cytometry) for hospital laboratories
  • Noninvasive bilirubin analyzer
  • Automated immunohistological slide stainer
  • Urea monitor module for hemodialysis
  • Blood saver for orthopedic procedures
  • Corneal topographer
  • Hospital IV pump
  • Hemodialyzer components
  • POC coagulation analyzer
  • Automated Western Blot analyzer for Lyme, HIV
  • Chlorine dioxide sterilization system
  • Portable home IV pump
  • Erythrocyte sedimentation rate analyzer
  • Bone healing device
  • Tissue regeneration system

Proven development methodology

This process flow diagram illustrates Nova’s proven methodology for development and manufacturing of more than 100 products over the past 35 years. Nova has secured more than 100 FDA 510(k) approvals for our products and clients.

Contract Manufacturing

Manufacturing qualifications

Nova’s manufacturing group consists of the personnel and infrastructure to support our manufacturing, engineering, materials, management, quality control/assurance (QA), purchasing, scheduling, and production functions. Our state-of-the-art production facilities incorporate sophisticated manufacturing equipment to provide high quality, reliable products at an agreed upon schedule and price. Key areas of expertise include:
  • Full printed circuit board capability—both surface mount and through hole boards
  • Automated reagent mixing, filling, and sealing
  • Mechanical assembly
  • Final system assembly and test
  • Full in-house plastics molding and machine shop
  • State-of-the-art information systems
  • Automated manufacturing and packaging of high volume disposables

Intensive quality philosophy

During a development or manufacturing program, our innovative quality control program establishes cross-functional quality teams, including members of our clients’ staff, to proactively address quality and operational improvements throughout the duration of each project. This intensive philosophy results in a level of quality that consistently surpasses our clients’ expectations.

Continuous quality monitoring

Our standard quality procedures include organization and training, incoming QA, in-process inspection, full system functional testing, and statistical analysis. Importantly, we also form a Product Line Quality Committee (PLQC) for each product that is comprised of Nova and client participants. The PLQC is an oversight group that proactively addresses a wide range of quality and operational issues.

Continuous product improvement

With a goal to improve the quality of each product and reduce its manufacturing cost, Nova provides cost reduction and manufacturing engineering support to each client on an ongoing basis at no addition charge.

Focused factories

In contrast to many contract manufacturers, Nova does not “time share” its production resources. Instead, Nova dedicates manufacturing personnel as well as space and inventory resources to each individual project.

This focused factory approach clearly identifies responsibility and promotes the most effective operation throughout the manufacturing process including: manufacturing management, technical support, production control and planning, quality control, production supervision, and inventory warehouse.

Range of manufacturing capabilities

Among the capabilities that separate Nova from other manufacturers is our ability to accommodate a broad range of projects from simple to complex and low to high volume, including reagents, instrumentation, and disposables.

Our production capabilities range from high volume, low cost products to low volume, high cost products. We have structured our “focused factories” to accommodate this range of product mix.

Open-book pricing

Our unique “open-book” pricing model identifies costs for materials, overhead, labor, and profit associated with the project. This full disclosure policy keeps each client fully appraised of the financial status of a project every step of the way.

Regulatory compliance

Nova is an FDA-registered manufacturer of medical products. All design processes and manufacturing procedures comply with FDA Quality System Regulations, ISO 13485 and ISO 9001 requirements.

TÜV-certified, world-class quality

Nova has been awarded ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 international quality certification—quality standards recognized by more than 160 countries. A natural evolution of Nova’s world-class quality philosophy, ISO 9001 and ISO 13485 require that a company develop, document, and effectively implement comprehensive quality systems from research and development to manufacturing, delivery, and customer support.

Worldwide service organization

Nova’s U.S. service organization consists of more than 40 field engineers. We have direct service organizations in Brazil, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Italy, Spain, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.


Our Clients


We’re known by the company we keep. Nova’s clients include some of the world’s best-known healthcare companies, as well as some of the most innovative newcomers.