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Off to College: Cannon Quality Group Supporting Future Entrepreneurs

Posted on: May 7, 2019

On May 20, a small group of California Polytechnic State University alumni and supporters from the medtech industry will gather in San Luis Obispo to meet with select students, faculty, and Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CIE) staff for a 1-day planning summit. Among them will be Nicolle Cannon, founder/CEO of the Cannon Quality Group […]

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Event: Cannon Quality Group’s Industry Mixer on MDR Set for Weds Apr 24th

Posted on: March 15, 2019

The medical device industry is again busy dealing with changes to applicable standards and regulations, this time the transition from the EU’s Medical Device Directive (MDD) to the more sweeping Medical Device Regulation (MDR). As usual, there are deadlines and time pressure. Is the transition just an added burden or an opportunity to restructure processes […]

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Watch: When Is It Time for a Quality Management System for Your Early Stage Firm?

Posted on: March 8, 2019

Starting up a medical device company takes a lot of time, money and effort. In addition to the research, fundraising, product development, clinical trials, etc., the FDA and other regulatory agencies require a quality system to be defined and maintained. But when is the best time to implement a quality system in your medical device […]

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How Much Quality Can a Startup Stand?

Posted on: February 5, 2019

Are you unsure about when to introduce a quality management system for your early-stage medical device venture? Perhaps the step seems daunting and you’re putting it off? Nicolle Cannon, founder of Cannon Quality Group, will be addressing this topic in an upcoming webinar on March 7. (More information here: https://bit.ly/2Wraz1y) Some see it as the […]

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Where does Product Lifecycle Management fit in your IT infrastructure?

Posted on: December 19, 2018

Many of Cannon Quality Group’s clients in the medical device field are in the process of evaluating Product Lifecycle Management (PLM) platforms for their organizations, typically including an eQMS solution to allow them to go paperless in their quality management activities. I sat down recently with Cheryl Simmons, an account executive from Propel, a leader […]

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How Supplier-Friendly Shared Audits are Creating a Win-Win for the Medical Device Industry

Posted on: November 1, 2018

With popular ride-sharing apps, you can often save money going from A to B by joining up with other passengers who are going in the same direction. If various parties are going to the same place, can they save money by riding together? With supplier audits, the answer is “yes”. Especially for start-ups and emerging […]

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Do you have your year-end quality management checklist ready?

Posted on: October 25, 2018

Before we get to all the challenges that await us as quality professionals in 2019, now’s the time to take a cold hard look at the to-do list for the remainder of 2018. Why? Well, if you stack up the people on your staff using up their vacation allowance, the relatively dead week around Thanksgiving, […]

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Why Versatility is a Core Value at Cannon Quality Group

Posted on: August 14, 2018

By Richard Goeb – CQG Sales Note: This is the first in a series of employee-penned blog posts focused on Cannon Quality Group’s Core Values, known as “VITAL.” As a veteran of the medical device industry and having worked at numerous organizations throughout my career, I have seen many attempts at instituting some defined set of […]

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Real World Challenges when Transitioning to ISO 13485:2016

Posted on: July 30, 2018

At a recent medical device industry event in San Francisco, speaker Vee Arya from Cannon Quality Group asked the audience for a show of hands regarding their transition status to the 2016 version of the ISO 13485 standard for Quality Management Systems, which must be completed by March 31, 2019. Less than half the audience […]

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Common Quality System Challenges: Document Change Control

Posted on: June 6, 2018

One of the challenges for medical device companies, especially startups, is reviewing, approving, and implementing changes effectively as part of the Quality Management System.  Startup companies have varying degrees of knowledge and experience with Quality Management Systems.  The following are some of the common hurdles to overcome when meeting Document Change Control requirements whether it […]

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What’s New at CQG – Q2 2018

Posted on: May 18, 2018

Happy Spring! We’ve got some important updates for you regarding ISO 13485:2016, Shared Supplier Audits, our CQG Team as well as community involvement. Enjoy the latest! Are You Ready for ISO 13485:2016?? The Team at Cannon Quality Group has been busy helping our clients transition their Quality Systems to meet the ISO 13485:2016 standard by […]

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"Look what you have done!  Profusa has a functional QS thanks in large part to you. The GMED auditor has conducted over 700 audits and said we have an extremely good QS and a lot of that credit goes to you… I just wanted to let you know that Profusa…"

-David Hesting/QA Director, Profusa, Inc.

"My Manager reviewed and approved this validation, and he called me to say it would be the gold standard for spreadsheet validations for all Nordson Medical D&D sites from this point forward!"

-Kim Trottier/Quality Information Systems Manager, Nordson Medical

"Our notified body commented that he was impressed with the focus and professionalism of the Emboline team during a recent audit. This is largely a credit to the Cannon Quality Group team. Your team, as always, was extremely organized, well-prepared and professional. Thank you!"

-Scott Russell/President and CEO at Emboline, Inc.

"Everything about the audit process including scheduling, the audit itself, and results & follow-up were seamless and enabled LamaMed Solutions, Inc. to fulfill its requirements for Internal Audit and assessment of QMS conformance with ISO 13485:2016 in advance of our Notified Body audit."

-Lloyd Griese/Quality and Regulatory Consultant, LamaMed Solutions, Inc.

"Our SVP of QA/RA performs mock-FDA audits across all our global facilities. So it was huge compliment for us when, after reviewing all aspects of a software validation authored by Cannon Quality Group, he said it was as good a validation as he had ever seen."

-Ron Koronkowski/Director of Quality & Regulatory, Vention Medical, Inc.

"Cannon Quality Group's staff was highly engaged and responsive to our needs. They were easy to work with and provided a high-quality work product."

-Caroline Jewett/Consultant for PvP Biotech

"It was by far the best QSR/GMP training – high caliber content and engaging delivery."

-Robert Angelopoulos/Sr. Engineering Manager, Powervision, Inc.

"Don’t stress. Call Cannon Quality Group for great project support."

-David Freed/Sr. Quality Director, AcelRx Pharmaceuticals, Inc.

"My 3rd party ISO 13485:2016 audit was extremely beneficial to my company. The auditor was very knowledgeable about the standard and current trends that notified bodies are looking for."

-Tom Mason/Director QA, Vactronix Scientific

"When strategic partners were doing due diligence, I think they expected to find an empty drawer where the Quality Management System would be. We started showing them the procedures and design files that Cannon Quality Group helped us establish, and they were pleasantly surprised to get just what they wanted…The ability of…"

-Don Bogue/President/CEO, Compact Imaging

"Our [CQG] auditor provided findings with value-based explanations and implementation ideas."

-Kyle Dion/Quality Specialist, BlueLine Sterilization Services

"CQG has been with my organization from the nascent stages of our QMS.  Their team of experts coached us on the ISO standards, provided training classes, furnished sample QMS documentation, and were always quick to respond to our endless questions.  Most importantly they were present at our crucial certification and customer audits. …"

-Kathleen Perry/Twist Biosciences

"Working with Cannon was a pleasure. They helped us create our first formalized Quality Management System with just the right balance of rigor, detail-orientation, and practicality. I would definitely work with Cannon again in the future on quality management projects."

-Gideon Wald/CTO Welkin Health

"JenaValve would like to extend a very appreciated “Thank You” to the whole Cannon Group team in supporting us, JenaValve, through the quality system improvements and associated activities. Your organization has been exceptional in supporting the chaotic schedule and the Cannon Group team members have performed above and beyond the…"

-Peter Wulff/CFO JenaValve

"Your team is great, love the maturity level. Great respect from Quality & Regulatory."

-Mark Adler/Senior Director of R&D JenaValve

"CQG has really shattered my preconceptions of what contracted support can do for a quality system. They are true professionals from the advice they provide, work they produce, and the integrity of actions. From complicated design control issues, to Process Validation, to Doc Control, they have been a huge resource…"

-David Hesting/QA Director, Profusa, Inc.

"Amy has done an amazing job here and we appreciate all her help. Communication with everyone/doc control is good/responsive, and we especially appreciate the quick turnaround on hot DCO’s – they find everything."

-Bijesh Chandran/VP of Quality, R2 Dermatology

"Cannon Quality Group is an absolute pleasure. For our startup, CQG made QSR development and compliance enjoyable and easy. Their unique style and system has allowed us to work at the fast pace required by the market, while still maintaining regulatory compliance."

-Andrew Hosford/Director of Engineering, Gauss Surgical

"Our startup was working with a skeleton quality system and struggling to apply QSR standards, when we brought in the Cannon Quality Group. They overhauled and sharpened our quality system so that it complied with the QSR, in only a few months, which allowed us to have a flawless audit.…"

-CQG client/

"When a key employee quit just as the load on my QA group exploded because of a clinical build, CQG stepped in immediately with the resources we needed to keep us going. I hope nothing like this ever happens to us again but, if it does, I’ll know exactly whom…"

-Ari Zak/Sr. VP, Clinical, Regulatory & Quality and Corporate Counsel, PowerVision

"Prior to CQG, our startup worked with another company which made quality slow, very expensive, and highly frustrating. Comparatively, CQG has been a game changer for our company. They have made QSR development and compliance enjoyable and easy, which has allowed us to work at the fast pace required by…"

-CQG Client/

"Kudos to the Cannon Quality Group for helping us get through our FDA audit with zero 483s and just a few CAPAs.Their expertise in quickly turning our bare bones QMS into a robust system is exactly what was needed."

-Shaun R. Bagai/CEO – RenovoRx, Inc.

"Pete is awesome, I appreciate the help he provides to our team and his assistance in various quality needs."

-Kityee Au-Yeung/Profusa

"As a new Quality Director at a young start-up company, I am happy to leave a recommendation for Cannon Quality Group. Cannon Quality Group has an innovative and efficient process in place to bring a working Quality System to a start-up company in a short amount of time. Cannon retains…"

-Delane Dale/Quality Director – BioInspire Technologies
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