Key Topic: Electronics Integration
With the introduction of electronics in drug delivery devices, we have seen a shift in the market from purely mechanical devices to electromechanical devices being part of a larger connected health solution. These new smart devices and connected health solutions come with an incredible number of advantages. They have also introduced a lasting change in the way new drugs and drug delivery devices are perceived. As these new devices come with highly sophisticated electronics, it is now possible to satisfy patients, healthcare providers (HCPs), payers and pharma companies — all at once. It means patients can self-administer their drugs, HCPs can monitor the patients’ adherence to prescriptions, payers get valid proof of the outcomes of therapies and pharma companies can speed through clinical trials.
Improved Therapy Effectiveness and Better Outcomes
Adding electronics and connected health services to conventional drug delivery devices can turn them smart and enable improved therapy effectiveness and better outcomes. In addition to this, electronics enable more preciseness in many aspects of drug delivery. Electronics also give better opportunities than mechanics do, where the physical limitations of the patient may be an issue.
Most devices will also benefit from adding connectivity to their mix. Connected health systems add value to all involved, as they enable better drug delivery and higher adherence from the patients. In addition, come all the benefits of having HCPs monitor their patients’ use of medicine. Read more about connected health.
Better User Experiences
When you design a new drug delivery device, you want to make sure that end users of the device find it usable, intuitive and desirable. Electronics can help you make a device that has all these human-centered qualities. For example, automating user-steps with motors and electronics can make a device more usable. Easy-to-understand displays and buttons can make it more intuitive. Continuous feedback during injection makes it more desirable. By improving the usability, intuitiveness and desirability of a device, you create the opportunity for improved adherence and higher patient satisfaction. However, it all begins with the right design. Read more about how we approach design and development.
Global leaders in advanced electronics
We were acquired in 2016 by Molex, a global leader in connectors and electronics. The new ownership brought valuable new technological know-how and global electronics design and manufacturing capabilities to the table. Since its beginning, we have continually invested time and money in the area of electronics.
Molex is second to none when it comes to printed circuit boards manufacturing and assembly. Their newest technologies allow them to print circuit boards on paper thin materials. This capability removes the known industrial design issue of having enough space for long, stiff printed circuit boards in electronics-enabled drug delivery devices. With the acquisition comes Molex global electronics manufacturing capabilities, which enrich our own capabilities within electronics.
We have already felt how Molex’ innovative technologies push the boundaries of our own technologies. We feel secure enough to say that we have not seen the best of this partnership yet.
We think electronics from the beginning
We have been working with electronics in drug delivery devices for more than 20 years. Our range extends from simple, low-volume consumables to highly sophisticated, high-volume connected health systems. Explore below to learn more about how we apply electronics to our customers’ products, and get proof of our positive track record of regulated devices and combination products launched in the global market.