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Kirk Honour

Kirk Honour

Product Development Strategist, Regulatory

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Kirk Honour has over 30 years of medical device technology and entrepreneurial business experience in electrophysiology, cardiovascular, peripheral vascular, urology and hospital capital equipment. He has been involved with bringing over a dozen medical devices from concept to market by providing tactical and strategic Regulatory Affairs leadership for multiple medical device companies including, Ecolab Inc., St Jude Medical Inc., American Medical Systems Inc. and Collagen Corporation. Kirk served as COO of Castlewood Surgical from 2008 to 2011 and as Vice President of Regulatory Affairs, Quality Assurance and Clinical Affairs for MedicalCV from 2006 to 2008. In these roles, Kirk oversaw and managed preclinical and clinical study design, physician training, post-market sales and corporate development. Kirk has built and supported numerous U.S. and International regulatory submissions, new product development strategies and financial market assessments.


  • Manages comprehensive medical device U.S. and international market entry strategy and submissions
  • Develops complete pre-marking submissions, submission and approval of PMAs, 510(k)s, and 513(g)s and their international equivalents
  • Presents pre-market clinical study proposals and pre-approval proposals, including primary and secondary endpoint indication and study design justifications to gain approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for IDEs
  • Develops benefit risk assessments and summary of safety and effectiveness statements for Class II and Class III U.S. regulatory submissions
  • Oversees device design development plans, testing, design iteration and validation studies
  • Oversees manufacturing processes, IQ/OQ/PQ and lean sigma implementation
  • Develops COGS, manufacturing forecast schedules and budgeting, including process cost analyses
  • Manages protocol development of design of experiments evaluation strategies to assess critical design functions and applicable data (preclinical) required for validation
  • Implements risk management processes for compliance with ISO 14971 (risk management), ISO 60601 (medical electrical equipment), ISO 62366 (application of usability engineering to medical devices)
  • Conducts corporate due diligence for device company acquisitions and business combinations
  • Develops and presents training materials for ISO 13485, ISO 14971, ISO 62304 and 21 CFR Part 11
  • Strategically develops, manages and executes clinical studies for medical devices from early feasibility through confirmatory/pivotal and post-market studies 


  • Developed U.S. regulatory strategy and phased product development plan: compiled and submitted Q-Sub and conducted FDA meeting regarding preclinical studies with an emphasis on primary safety study design to support an IDE for a Class III permanent implantable nitinol ophthalmic device under development by a startup company
  • Oversaw indication research, submission development and subsequent filing to the FDA Office of Combination Products (OCP) of pre-request for designation (pre-RFD) for two separate combination devices with different indications utilizing nanotechnology and drugs or biologics; successful outcome of a device designation for both designs under development by a principle investigator
  • Developed a Gap Assessment of primary preclinical animal safety testing, compliance with ISO 10993 biocompatibility requirements and identification of all applicable standards for an injectable radioisotope used in the treatment of cancer under development by wholly owned subsidiary of a large multinational medical device company