Day at the Races!

Off to the races! The Toolbox team headed out to Del Mar Racetrack last week for some fun in the sun. For nearly 80 years now, Del Mar has hosted horse races in which multiple generations have attended. We did our best to make winning bets, but our luck did not always agree with us. Overall, the we enjoyed the outing and the opportunity to grow closer together as a team.

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Toolbox Medical Innovations to Exhibit at AACC in Philadelphia

AACC 2016



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Assessment of the current status of your product development

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Overview of new usability and clinical requirements that could affect your product

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See you in Philly,

Team Toolbox

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Toolbox Installs Clean Room and Pilot Assembly Area

Toolbox has completed installation of a Portable Controlled Environment Area and a pilot assembly line including injection molding, laser welding, heat sealing and filling/sealing of reagents.   Toolbox is now producing development cartridges daily to help one of our customers’ through the design integration and verification phases of their project.


Clean Room

Toolbox has spent the last several months designing, prototyping, testing and iterating the various functional areas of this cartridge using our couponing strategy.   As we entered the design integration phase, we discovered that it is difficult to find a single contract manufacturer with all of the requisite capabilities.  In addition, CMs are often not able to respond so quickly to the rapid iterative approach required during this phase.

According to Toolbox President, John Zeis, “The Toolbox culture is to do whatever it takes to help our customer’s get the job done.   One team members stepped up and said, if we can’t find someone to do it, then we will just need to do it ourselves.   I was blown away at how quickly and effectively, the guys were able to get this assembly area installed, qualified and operational.   Rob, Cole, Romy, Xavier and the other team members have also done an exceptional job of responding to rapid design iterations and intense production demands.”   By all accounts, this effort has saved our customer significant development time and cost.

clean room 2

Let us know how we can help you with your diagnostic development needs.  We will find a way to make it happen.



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Toolbox Mountain Biking

Sunny coastal breeze and 70 degree weather? One of the benefits of working in Southern California! Every Tuesday after work, some of the Toolbox team set out for a couple of hours of mountain biking. Calavera Mountain, a quick 5 minutes from Toolbox, offers great riding opportunities. Everyone at Toolbox is pretty active and our area is popular for outdoors and coastal adventure. Whether it’s surfing before work, soccer during lunch, or mountain biking after work, we find ourselves very blessed to live and work in San Diego county.

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Foundry Medical Innovations featured at the 10x Medical Device Conference

Foundry Medical Innovations is excited about the 10x Medical Device Conference coming up! Now in its 3rd year, 10x is the thought leaders forum for medical device executives and the annual meeting for the Medical Devices Group, the world’s largest medical device community. Over 125 companies will be present at the conference creating an excellent opportunity for networking and discussion. For many, the conference is about new ideas. For others, it’s about new business. Our very own, Meghan Alonso, the leader of the Medical Device group in the Southern California region is organizing the event along with the host, Joe Hage. Along with Meghan is Abby Alonso, Meghan’s 2 year old husky, will direct the welcoming committee! We encourage you to learn more about the Medical Device group, and consider attending the conference as well. Click here to sign up today! Use discount code: Alliance for $25 off.


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Foundry Medical is Hiring!

As we continue to grow to serve more customers, we have more opportunities for employment. Currently, we are looking for a Senior Product Development Engineer and a Clinical Research Associate. Check out the job description below and see if you have what it takes to join our team! Apply by sending your resume and cover letter to

Senior Product Development Engineer

Job description

The Sr. Product Development Engineer will be a part of the Foundry Medical Innovations team.  They will serve as leader on some projects and assist with others.  This position requires a high level of autonomy and communication directly with customers.   You will be asked to…

  • Instill trust in our customers through your dedicated effort to achieve their product development goals with speed and efficiency.
  • Develop creative and innovative design concepts and help turn them into reliable, cost effective and user friendly products.
  • Manage multiple development projects simultaneously.
  • Coordinate the entire development process, from concept through manufacturing transfer.
  • Maintain project schedules and budget.
  • Promote the values and ethics of our company through all interactions with potential collaborators, customers and vendors.
  • Help create a fun, rewarding and collaborative environment.

Desired Skills and Experience

  • 5+ years of medical product design experience preferably with high volume disposables.
  • Proficiency with Solidworks.
  • Fluidic Device Design:  Hands on experience with design and development of a wide variety of micro and mesofluidic devices.  Understanding of both prototyping and manufacturing methods for microfluidic device fabrication.
  • Thorough understanding of conceptual design, design refinement, rapid prototyping methods and design for high volume manufacturing
  • Understanding and application of instrument interface for fluidics disposables that are part of  system
  • Strong track record of applying engineering analysis to product design.
  • Excellent written and verbal communication skills.


  • Minimum of a Bachelor’s of Science degree in Mechanical, Biomedical, Microfluidics Engineering or similar


Clinical Research Associate

Job description

The Clinical Research Associate (CRA) will monitor the progress of clinical studies at investigative sites or remotely, and ensure clinical trials are conducted, recorded, and reported in accordance with the protocol, standard operating procedures (SOPs), ICH/GCP, and all applicable regulatory requirements.  Occasional travel will be required.


  • Implement and monitor clinical trials to ensure sponsor and investigator obligations are being met and are compliant with applicable local regulatory requirements and ICH/GCP guidelines
  • Assess the qualification of potential investigative sites, initiate clinical trials at investigative sites, instruct site personnel on the proper conduct of clinical trials, and close clinical trials at investigative sites
  • Review and verify accuracy of clinical trial data collected, either onsite or remotely Provides regular site status information to team members, trial management, and updates trial management tools
  • Complete monitoring activity documents as required by Foundry SOPs or other contractual obligations
  • Work closely with other clinical team members to facilitate timely resolution of trial and/or clinical issues
  • Perform essential document site file reconciliation. Perform source document verification and query resolution
  • Assess IP accountability, dispensation, and compliance at the investigative sites.
  • Communicate with investigative sites
  • Update applicable database systems
  • Ensure all required training is completed and documented
  • May be assigned additional Clinical Operations tasks
  • May serve as a resource for and interact with other functional areas to resolve site issues and facilitate trial timelines
  • Promote the values and ethics of our company through all interactions with potential collaborators, customers and vendors.


Desired Skills and Experience

  • BA or BS Degree required, preferably in a science discipline
  • Minimum of 1 to 3 years monitoring clinical trials (IVD preferred)
  • Ability to travel up to 2-3 nights per week with the possibility of occasional additional overnights
  • Ability to instill trust in our customers through your dedicated effort to achieve their goals with quality, speed and efficiency.


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2015 Desert Smash hosted by Will Ferrell


Craig Pollard (Charity Founder and Cancer Survivor) and actor Will Ferrell


Foundry Medical Innovations’ president, John Zeis, recently attended the 11th Annual Desert Smash. This event raises money for the charity, Cancer for College. Cancer for College is an amazing charity that helps cancer survivors attend college. Craig Pollard, founder of Cancer for College, was diagnosed with Cancer as a teenager. His survival story and success in college has encouraged many cancer patients to pursue college with the help of Cancer for College. Each year, Will Ferrell hosts the Desert Smash along with many other celebrities like Kevin Hart, Justin Bieber, Genie Bouchard, and several professional tennis players. Incredibly, Cancer for College has raised over 2 million dollars to pay for cancer survivors college tuition. We encourage others to become involved in Cancer for College and charities like it.

Learn more and Donate today at

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Meet Abby, Our Newest Team Member!

Toolbox Medical Innovations has yet another dog in our pack! Meet Abby, a two year old husky recently adopted by Meghan Alonso from the animal shelter. Abby’s warm fur coat allows her to survive the coldest of Southern California winters! Abby is also adjusting wonderfully to her new workplace and she has quickly gained popularity among all visitors. When she is not napping, she fetches everything we need in the office and is quick to notice any curious birds outside. We welcome you to visit Toolbox Medical Innovations and meet Abby.
Have a great week!
The team at Toolbox Medical Innovations

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New Plastic Injection Molding Machine

It was an exciting day last week when our new Injection Molding Machine rolled in the door! After waiting for months as our machine was custom built, we are thrilled to finally get it on site! As our machine shop grows so do our capabilities, which allows our customers to have majority of production done […]

Toolbox Medical to Host DeviceAlliance Networking Event

Looking for an opportunity to network with medical device professionals? Please join us for an evening of networking and discussion with Orange County’s medical device community at our September mixer! DeviceAlliance is a community of experienced southern California medical device professionals committed to building relationships, sharing information, and gaining insight into the key issues and opportunities within the […]

Name Change & Expanding Our Service Capabilities!

Foundry Medical Innovations has merged with Zeis Consulting Group, a leader in IVD clinical research, and changed its name to Toolbox Medical Innovations to better leverage its strengths and serve its growing list of clients. We now have a wider focus and more tools at our disposal that will help us deliver the best in […]

Holiday Cheers from Foundry Medical Innovations!

Holiday Cheers from Toolbox Medical Innovations!

Thanks for making our first year a success!

Wishing you health and happiness this Holiday Season
and prosperity in the New Year.

This year Toolbox Medical Innovations provided solutions for numerous clients, grew as a team and as a company, and gave back to our community. We look forward to what the New Year will bring.

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Happy Friday From Foundry Medical Innovations!

Here at Foundry Med we take time to enjoy the good life with our employee, especially on Friday afternoons. Raise a glass and cheers to another work week gone by and more accomplishments under the belt.  We will be raising a few next week at the DCN Advanced Lateral Flow Course , FREE  Sony DADC smart consumables for in-vitro diagnostics workshop,  and the Lab on a Chip World Congress, if you would like to join us.

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Laser Welder Brings New Capabilities to Toolbox

We recently added a unique tool to our growing toolbox! Toolbox’s president, John Zeis, explains the significance of our Leister Laser Welder: “Laser welding has always had significant advantages over other bonding methods for microfluidic/diagnostic cartridges. It creates precise, particulate free, hermetic seals without adhesives that may impact assay stability. Recent advances in laser welding […]

hard at work in the booth at the DCN advanced lateral flow course

We are halfway through day 2 at the DCN Advanced Lateral Flow Course and are having so much fun learning about all of the innovative diagnostic tests being developed by the group.  The frosty cold root beer we have at the booth is helping everyone make it through the day as it is so hot […]

Join Foundry Med next week at the DCN Advanced Lateral Flow course in San Diego

Join Toolbox Medical Innovations at the first ever Advanced Lateral Flow Course is taking place in beautiful San Diego CA next week Sept. 15-17.  We are honored to sponsor the inaugural event.  During this intensive course, you will be taken through the design and development process of a high performance lateral flow product.  You will […]

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