Cambridge Consultants unveils auto-injector concept

Cambridge Consultants unveils auto-injector concept
A novel auto-injector concept for improved drug delivery has been unveiled by Cambridge Consultants.

Dubbed Flexi-ject, the new system measures just 11cm long and simply requires the user to press the device against their skin to deliver a 1ml dose of drug, rather than having to simultaneously hold it in the correct position and press a button.

The Flexi-ject features a newly developed mechanical trigger mechanism and a novel flexible primary pack called Fleximed, which was developed by high barrier tubes manufacturer Neopac. It is said to be significantly more compact than existing auto-injectors and easier to use.

Matthew Allen, director of drug delivery at Cambridge Consultants, said: "With our reputation for creating world class drug delivery devices, I am delighted to see us coming up with yet another innovation in the way that we see drugs being dispensed.

"In a competitive market place, devices that are designed with the user in mind, and recognise their need for products that fit with their lifestyle, are much more likely to succeed. I hope this novel design will stimulate thought and debate amongst the industry about how we can take advantage of innovations in both design and packaging to enhance people's lives."

As well as giving patients the ability to change the needle depth, the new system has been designed to be re-used with an individually pre-packed drug dose so that waste can be minimised. It is being demonstrated for the first time at the PDA Europe conference in Basel on 8-9 November 2011.

Laura Hopperton

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