Zip® Surgical Skin Closure from ZipLine® Medical, Inc. Honored as Gold Winner in the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

Zip® Surgical Skin Closure from ZipLine® Medical, Inc. Honored as Gold Winner in the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards

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CAMPBELL, Calif., June 16, 2014—ZipLine® Medical today announced that the Zip® Surgical Skin Closure has been selected as the Gold Winnerin the “Surgical Equipment, Instruments, and Supplies category” of the 2014 Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. The 2014 MDEA winning products were announced at the MDEA Ceremony held June 11th inside the Jacob Javits Convention Center in New York City. The ceremony was held in conjunction with the 31st MD&M East Event at the convention center.

“We are honored to be recognized by the MDEA judges,” said Amir Belson, M.D., founder and Chief Technical Officer for ZipLine Medical.  “We are proud of our design team for their work in bringing this product to market.  The Zip is seeing rapid adoption in the U.S., Asia and Europe, and users are appreciating the excellent cosmetic outcomes, clinical efficiency and patient satisfaction offered by the non-invasive Zip.”  Dr. Belson was recently selected as the LSI Life Science Intelligence Emerging Medical Technologies (EMT)® “Innovator of the Month” for May 2014.

Presented by UBM Canon and Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry magazine, the MDEA program is the MedTech Industry’s Premier Competition for medical device design and innovation. It recognizes the achievements of medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the groundbreaking innovations that are changing the face of healthcare. MDEA-winning products excel in the areas of product innovation, design and engineering achievement, end-user benefit, and cost-effectiveness in manufacturing and healthcare delivery.

A comprehensive review of the entries was performed by an impartial, multidisciplinary panel of third-party jurors with expertise in biomedical engineering, clinical practice, diagnostics, human factors, industrial design, manufacturing, and medicine. Entries are evaluated on the basis of their design and engineering features, including innovative use of materials, user-related functions that improve healthcare delivery and change traditional medical attitudes or practices, features that provide enhanced benefits to the patient, and the ability of the product development team to overcome design and engineering challenges so that the product meets its clinical objectives.

About ZipLine Medical
ZipLine Medical (, headquartered in Campbell, Calif., is an emerging medical device company developing cost-effective, non-invasive surgical skin closure devices for suture-like outcomes at the speed of staples. Because skin-closure is the common denominator of nearly all surgical procedures, the Zip® Surgical Skin Closure devices have extensive applicability across multiple medical specialties.  The Company’s addressable market opportunity is estimated at $4 billion worldwide.

About Medical Design Excellence Awards
The MDEA program is presented by UBM Canon, the global advanced manufacturing and MedTech authority, and by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the industry’s central source for late breaking news, information, and business intelligence.   For more information about the Medical Design Excellence Awards, visit the MDEA website at or e-mail: