Smart sy­ringe wins Shark Tank

Pharmacy Daily - - News -

A TEAM of Syd­ney Univer­sity phar­macy re­searchers have taken out the Phar­macy Shark Tank ses­sion at PSA18 on the week­end, with a “smart sy­ringe sys­tem” which aims to elim­i­nate liq­uid medicine dos­ing er­rors.

The SetDose sys­tem de­vel­oped by Pro­fes­sor Lyn­dal Trevena and her col­leagues was com­mended for tack­ling a sig­nif­i­cant is­sue in the health­care sys­tem via a three­fold so­lu­tion in­cor­po­rat­ing soft­ware, in­di­vid­u­alised en­coded key­cards and a de­vice that at­taches to stan­dard­ised sy­ringes.

The phar­macy ‘sharks’ - PSA na­tional pres­i­dent Shane Jack­son, Cathie Reid from Epic Phar­macy and Katrina Nielsen of Step Change - chose to in­vest $6,000 in the SetDose sys­tem.

Other fi­nal­ists in­cluded Sa­muel Keitaan­paa from the North­ern Ter­ri­tory, who was awarded $2,000 along with the Peo­ple’s Choice Award for his in­no­va­tion, Ver­iPharm Medicine Track­ing, which is an elec­tronic sys­tem link­ing phys­i­cal medicine pack­ets to their con­tents to cre­ate a univer­sal record of when stock is trans­ferred be­tween par­ties.

The sharks said Keitaan­paa’s pas­sion for im­prov­ing qual­ity use of medicines shone through, with his prod­uct hav­ing a “strong op­por­tu­nity to in­crease over­sight around medicine sup­ply in Aus­tralia”.

The third place award of $1,000 went to Michelle Cas­sumb­hoy and Car­son Au’s M&C’s Cream with Con­cen­trated Oat­meal.

The panel con­grat­u­lated all three of the fi­nal­ists for their “courage and ded­i­ca­tion to bring­ing their ground­break­ing projects to life”.

Pic­tured above from left are Cathie Reid, Katrina Neilsen, Pro­fes­sor Lyn­dal Trevena, Philip Boughton and Shane Jack­son.

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