Medical Device Startup Outsources Product Design and Development to Create Innovative Cold Compression Therapy Device

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Portable Therapeutix, a medical device startup, partners with Bleck Design Group for product design and development of Squid, a new portable cold compression therapy product for treatment of joint or muscle pain.

innovative medical device for treatment of joint or muscle pain


This project is an excellent example of how we work as a startup's virtual product development team to commercialize their cutting-edge technology.

Portable Therapeutix, a Texas-based medical device company, today announced the introduction of its first product, Squid – an innovative cold compression therapy device for the treatment of joint or muscle pain. Bleck Design Group, a product design and development firm based in the greater Boston area, collaborated with Portable Therapeutix to turn their proprietary technology into a marketable product.

Dr. Shai Schubert, Chief Scientific Officer at Portable Therapeutix asked Bleck Design Group to help him create a new product using his patented sequential compression wrap technology. Unlike existing cold compression technology, this device is simple, easy-to-use and provides the highest level of performance, comfort, and efficacy for dancers, musicians, athletes and arthritis sufferers. Bleck Design Group provided a complete set of startup company product development services, including: concept development, industrial design, engineering, manufacturing selection, and FDA application support.

“This project is an excellent example of how we work as a startup’s virtual product development team to commercialize their cutting-edge technology. We collaborated with their management, scientists and athletic trainers to create a compelling design by optimizing the product’s ergonomics for patient comfort and clinical results. The result is an easy-to-use and highly effective product with the shortest treatment time available on the market,” explained Jim Bleck, Bleck Design Group president.

About Bleck Design Group

Bleck Design Group is an award-winning product design and development firm based in North Chelmsford, Massachusetts. For over 30 years, their industrial designers and mechanical engineers have created iconic designs for visionary leaders at both small and large medical device, business equipment and consumer product companies. They have a proven track record of working with clients to provide seamless product development from concept to production. For more information on Bleck Design Group’s product design and development capabilities, contact Jim Bleck at 978-251-7474 x223 or visit

About Portable Therapeutix

Portable Therapeutix is a Texas-based medical device company founded by an accomplished team of successful entrepreneurs and sports medicine experts. Squid, the company’s first product, provides intermittent cold compression using a proprietary sequential compression wrap and cold gel pack to direct edema away from the extremities and towards the heart, promoting venous return. Squid is a safe, portable, easy- to-use system that delivers full treatment in just 15 minutes. To learn more about Squid, visit

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