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West’s SmartDose® platform has been selected as a finalist in the 19th Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. Considered the medtech industry’s premier design competition, MDEA recognizes significant achievements in medical product design and engineering and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers and clinicians—who are responsible for the cutting-edge products that are improving patient healthcare.
For the 2017 MDEA, a jury of healthcare practitioners, designers, engineers, manufacturers and human factors experts selected finalists in nine medical technology product categories. Products were judged based on design and engineering innovation; function and user-related innovation; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall benefit to the healthcare system. West’s SmartDose platform is a finalist in the for the “Drug-Delivery and Combination Products” category.
The SmartDose platform is a single-use, electronic wearable injector that adheres to the patient’s body, usually on the abdomen. Discreet, intuitive, and designed to minimize discomfort, the SmartDose platform currently incorporates a polymer-based drug container (made from Daikyo Crystal Zenith® cyclic olefin polymer) with a drug delivery device that can be pre-programmed to deliver high volumes of viscous or sensitive drug products over time, making it easier for patients to self-administer medication outside of the clinical setting.
While developing the SmartDose platform, it became clear that when patients deem a drug delivery system inconvenient, there can be a negative effect on the emotional attitude and motivation to sustain adherent behavior. As a result, the SmartDose platform was developed with extensive human factors testing to address potential obstacles to compliance:
This year’s winners will be announced at the 2017 MDEA Ceremony on June 13, 2017, in conjunction with MD&M East event at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York. To learn more about the Medical Design Excellence Awards and the list of finalists, visit MDEAwards.com.
Take an in-depth look at the science behind containment & delivery of injectable medicines in the West Knowledge Center.