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Taylor Lunsford
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Taylor is fluent in Mandarin Chinese and has a strong background in medical interpreting and translating medical documents. Before joining Proxima, Taylor served in the Army as an intelligence analyst, instructor, translator and small-unit leader.

A medical device is an instrument, machine, implant, or other similar article and intended for use in the diagnosis, cure, mitigation, treatment, or prevention of disease, which does not achieve its primary purpose through chemical action within or on the body and which is not dependent upon being metabolized.  

Medical devices include products used for treatment as well as diagnostic products. Pacemakers, surgical lasers, wheelchairs and orthopedic pins are all examples of medical devices used in treatment. Examples of diagnostic medical devices range from pregnancy tests to magnetic resonance imagining (MRI) systems.

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