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Cambridge-based medical device consultancy Team Consulting has expanded its site with new laboratories and medical device testing capabilities.

Sandrine Cuney, programme director at Team Consulting, outside the company’s picturesque 13th century Abbey Barns site. Picture: Keith Heppell
Sandrine Cuney, programme director at Team Consulting, outside the company’s picturesque 13th century Abbey Barns site. Picture: Keith Heppell

The medical device design and development consultancy was founded in 1986 and is based in the picturesque 13th century Abbey Barns site in Ickleton.

The site, which is home to the company’s team of 130, has added 3,400 sq ft of new lab space, and refurbished 2,100 sq ft of existing lab space, taking the total to 6,500 sq ft. The expansion sees the addition of a whole new building with several high-spec lab spaces, design facilities and collaborative workspaces.

“At Team Consulting, we have always prided ourselves on our innovative lab spaces and state-of-the-art equipment, however this expansion means we can offer even greater flexibility to meet client requests, whether they need strict confidentiality or specialist requirements,” said Ian Vaughan, project manager, device testing.

The facilities include two environmental labs for tight control of temperature and humidity, electronics labs with Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) controls and test equipment, as well as bespoke containment solutions for handling and testing drug formulations for inhaled, ocular and parenteral devices.

Team Consulting has helped develop medical devices including for Tympa Health
Team Consulting has helped develop medical devices including for Tympa Health

Sandrine Cuney, programme director, explains some of the types of medical device project Team Consulting engages with.

“We have grown the service offering in many areas,” she said, “so we have the traditional product development, and are also developing our device testing offering as well, so clients come to us with their own products to test, to ensure that it functions as expected and is safe for patients.

“We also offer small-batch manufacture to our customers – we’re very flexible.”

Ian adds: “The vast majority are for for inhaled, ocular and parenteral devices.”

Projects can take anything from “two weeks to five years”, adds Sandrine.

Sandrine Cuney, programme director at Team Consulting, in the expanded lab facilities at the company’s Abbey Barns site. Picture: Keith Heppell
Sandrine Cuney, programme director at Team Consulting, in the expanded lab facilities at the company’s Abbey Barns site. Picture: Keith Heppell

Device testing consultant Nathan Entwistle has been at Team Consulting for six years: the last two years have been as a device testing consultant.

“I specialise in electronics, so I could be working on any sort of electronics from a small PCB to a full system, so it’s very varied in terms of the electronic sector,” he said. “I could be working in a team of three or four, or it could quite easily be a larger group of 15 or 20.”

Team Consulting works for pharmaceutical and medtech companies, including start-ups such as OrganOx with their metra device, which is used for transplanting livers from donors to patients.

“It’s the world’s first device that keeps the liver alive during transport for transplantations,” notes events and PR executive Jack Jakins.

Tympa Health device as developed by Team Consulting
Tympa Health device as developed by Team Consulting

Other devices have included the Tympa Health System for the treatment of hearing and Mylan’s EpiPen, “for the treatment of an allergic reaction”.

Team Consulting is hiring. Sandrine says there are openings for “project managers, head of device testing, a front-end innovation consultant and mechanical engineering”.



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