JDRF is partnering with a US medical technology start-up to develop a flexible patch pump worn over the skin like a plaster. The Evopump will be the size of a business card and just 6mm thick. It should make care more comfortable and discreet for those living with Type 1 diabetes. While pump use in the UK is increasing, some people are put off from using pumps due to their bulky size and visibility. The aim of this partnership, with Massachusetts-based Cam Med, is to overcome these issues and develop a pump that is more convenient and comfortable to use for a wider range of people.
Dr Jaime Giraldo, JDRF Program Scientist for Research, says, “The Evopump represents the type of miniaturised and user-centric design that could substantially reduce the burden of living with type 1 diabetes and remove obstacles preventing some people, particularly children, from using devices that could improve their glucose management.”
The Evopump will be made out of a flexible material so that it can be worn over the skin like a plaster. Special technology will be encased in the thin material to deliver precise amounts of insulin to the wearer through a cannula.
The team at Med Cam estimate that the patch pump could be worn for a week at a time. The partnership with JDRF enables Cam Med to accelerate the development and commercialisation of the Evopump. Described as a bandage-like patch pump for subcutaneous delivery of medications. The Evopump’s flow rate is highly precise, enabling the delivery of highly concentrated formulations of medications. www.myevopump.com
News items and features like this appear in the Desang Diabetes Magazine, our free-to-receive digital journal (see below). We cover diabetes news, diabetes management equipment (diabetes ‘kit’ such as insulin pumps and continuous glucose monitoring equipment) and news about food suitable for a diabetic diet including a regular Making Carbs Count column. We just need your email address to subscribe you (it’s free, and you can easily unsubscribe should you wish to).