The YpsoMate® Smart autoinjector featuring NFC OpenSense™ aims to improve patient adherence among those who use self-medication delivery systems.
Thin Film Electronics ASA announced a partnership with the Ypsomed Group. Through the partnership, the companies will collaborate to incorporate Thinfilm’s NFC OpenSense™ technology in the YpsoMate® autoinjector as a means of improving patient self-care compliance.
YpsoMate® autoinjectors are disposable 2-step injection systems that house pre-filled glass or polymer syringes, and are triggered by push-on-skin activation. Patients use autoinjectors to self-deliver periodic injections for the ongoing management of chronic conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis or cardiovascular indications, making compliance a critical factor in their treatment plan. Through the combination of the NFC OpenSense™ tags and a custom mobile app, patients will be able to receive valuable compliance assistance such as adherence history, injection reminders, usage guidelines, refill instructions and authentication. In turn, doctors will be able to track whether or not patients are adhering to daily self-medication requirements.
NFC OpenSense™ tags are thin, flexible labels that can detect both the state before and after injection of YpsoMate® Smart autoinjector, wirelessly deliver content to patients through the simple tap of a smartphone, and record patients’ interactions with the YpsoMate® Smart device in the cloud. Each tag contains a unique identifier that makes it possible to track every YpsoMate® Smart to the individual-item level. In addition, the tag remains active even after the factory seal has been broken, enabling an extended dialogue between patients, doctors and brands.
“As a leader in innovation and quality, Ypsomed is constantly looking for new ways to improve its product platform offering,” said Simon Michel, CEO of Ypsomed. “We believe Thinfilm’s NFC OpenSense™ can be of significant value to YpsoMate® users across the globe, and we look forward to leveraging this next-generation technology to help improve patient adherence.”
Ypsomed will be investing over 50 million Swiss francs (approx. USD51.2 million) in the coming years in the research and development of a new generation of injection and infusion systems. These systems support the administration of medications with intelligent electronic and software-based additional functions.
“Ypsomed is at the forefront of self-medication delivery systems, and it’s clear that a focus on user-friendly products and the patient experience has played a key role in their success,” said Davor Sutija, Thinfilm’s CEO. “We’re pleased to be working with Ypsomed and look forward to helping them connect YpsoMate® Smart to the digital world.”
Ypsomed will be demonstrating YpsoMate® Smart featuring NFC OpenSense™ at an upcoming conference titled “The Universe of Pre-filled Syringes and Injection Devices.” The event is sponsored by PDA and takes place November 3-4 at the Austria Center Vienna in Vienna, Austria.