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International acclaim for novel Klarus drug delivery system
29 June 2018 – Technology and product design firm Cambridge Design Partnership (CDP) has won a prestigious Red Dot Design Award for its Klarus drug delivery concept. The company was up against nearly 5,000 entries from 60 countries in the design concept category of the awards – one of the biggest and most illustrious design award schemes in the world.
The award is CDP’s third Red Dot accolade in just two years. “The Red Dot is renowned internationally as one of the most sought-after quality marks for excellent design so this is a testament to the world-class expertise of our team,” said Uri Baruch, head of drug delivery at CDP.
“The Klarus concept is a fantastic example of how the combination of innovative technology and great design has the potential to change people’s lives. The patient is always at the heart of our drug delivery device development – from understanding their unmet needs at the outset through to delivering a user experience that is second to none.”
Klarus is set to transform the lives of patients juggling complicated treatment regimens for chronic diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA). It does away with the need for them to worry about storing their drugs in the fridge, warming them up to the correct temperature for injection, preparing their auto-injector for use and disposing of the device safely. Klarus does everything for them – they simply have to pick up the reusable auto-injector from its base station when prompted to do so, inject themselves and then return the device to its cradle.
“All too often, patients with a chronic disease face the additional burden of struggling with a complex treatment regimen at home,” said Uri. “Learning how to use a new drug delivery device and remembering multiple treatment steps can be challenging – particularly for the elderly or those with dexterity issues. That’s one of the reasons why adherence rates are often low – many patients just give up or fail to take their medication correctly.
“Our Klarus system alleviates that burden for the patient and helps ensure they get the full benefit from their treatment. We’ve used state-of-the-art technology and applied our user experience and human factors expertise – together with our knowledge of medical device regulation and our skills in electronics, mechanical engineering, software and connectivity – to create a radically new approach to drug delivery.”
As well as RA, Klarus could be used to treat diseases such as multiple sclerosis or to administer vaccines. It could also enable some cancer patients to be treated at home using drugs that are currently only allowed to be given in hospital. And it opens the door to the emerging world of companion diagnostics and truly personalised medication, where treatment is tailored to each individual patient using genetic information.
In 2016, CDP won two Red Dot Design Awards, including a ‘Best of the Best’ award, for its First Response Monitor – a wearable connected vital signs monitor for use by first response medics.
Notes for editors
Cambridge Design Partnership is a technology and product design partner focused on helping clients grow their businesses. Some of the world’s largest companies trust CDP to develop their most important innovations. Located in both Cambridge (UK) and in Palo Alto, California (US), CDP specialises in the consumer products, healthcare, energy and industrial equipment markets. Its multidisciplinary staff have the expert knowledge to identify opportunities and tackle the challenges its clients face. For more information, visit: www.cambridge-design.co.uk
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