November/December 2015 / 19 Medical Design Technology®
an injector pen that should vastly improve
diabetes management with a number of helpful
“The device captures the exact insulin dose
delivered and wirelessly transmits the informa-
tion to an associated smartphone app,” said Bo
Petersson, head of diabetes care at Cambridge
Consultants. “The associated app seamlessly
gathers data on blood glucose levels, activi-
ty, and food consumption, and integrates it
with insulin dosage. Local and cloud-based
analytics turn the data into real-time actionable
insights—helping the patient stay in control.”
It’s true that other similar technologies
already exist, but KiCoPen brings something
new to the table—there’s no battery in the
device. How is that possible, you might ask,
because an auto-injector needs to be powered
by something, and plugging it into the wall
would be cumbersome. “KiCoPen uses energy
harvesting instead of a battery—the action of
removing the injector cap powers the device,”
said Petersson. “Eliminating the battery in
KiCoPen gives greater design freedom to cre-
ate a better user experience. It also means the
injector can be more reliable, manufacturing
and assembly effort is reduced, and the device
can have a lower environmental footprint.
And it proves to manufacturers that such an
innovative, low-cost design can be applied to
Compliance is key for diabetes patients to ef-
fectively manage their glucose levels. Trying to
monitor and regulate blood glucose levels and
keeping track of insulin dosage can be over-
whelming for patients, especially when they
begin insulin therapy. Glycemic control must
occur early on to avoid complications later in
OmniPod’s continuous subcutaneous insu-
lin delivery offers unparalleled freedom.
Traditional pumps are usually tethered
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life. “KiCoPen allows the patient to be confident they are on track
with their daily insulin regimen,” said Petersson. “This, in turn,
improves the patient’s compliance and results in better glycemic
control—helping to reduce late-stage complications.” MDT
1”Fast Facts: Data and Statistics About Diabetes.” American Diabetes
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