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Eye drop guide device for self-administration of eye drops

Country of origin:
Country: 
SINGAPORE
Opportunity:
External Id: 
TOSG20200102003
Published
02/01/2020
Last update
13/01/2020
Expiration date
13/01/2021

Keywords

Partner keyword: 
Pharmaceutical Products / Drugs
Single Use Products and Consumer Goods
Drug delivery and other equipment
Ophthalmology, ear, nose and throat diseases
Handicap aids
Safety for the elderly
Hospital activities
Specialist medical practice activities
Other human health activities
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Summary

Summary: 
A Singapore institute has developed an eye drop guide (EDG) to ease the instillation of eye drops in patient eyes, thus empowering patients to self-administer their own eye drop medication. The EDG includes an eye cup housing and eye drop dispenser holder which fits various bottle sizes and minims. The EDG further prevents bottle and minims tips from touching the eye. The institute seeks licensing partnerships with MNEs/SMEs of all sizes.

Description

Description: 

Elderly patients often experience difficulties in self-administering their eye medication, which may result in unnecessary wastage. Furthermore, the current practice of instilling eye drops directly from an eye drop bottle runs the risk of compromising the sterility of the eye drop bottle.

The modular EDG jointly developed by the Singapore institute and an eye centre is configured to address these concerns above and is in addition, adaptable to the different sizes of eye drop bottles and minims tips available.

Ensuring the accurate and independent self-instillation of eye medication, the EDG technology offered comprises an eye cup housing and an eye drop dispenser holder held together by magnets. A flexible and magnetic universal adaptor allows the snug fit of various sizes of eye drop bottles and minims, while flexible squeeze levers allow the eye drops to be easily dispensed from even stiff minims. The invention is easy to use and reduces the risk of contamination.

The institute is keen to establish a licensing partnership with MNEs or SMEs of all sizes where the partner could license the technology and further develop it to introduce it to its target market segments.

Advantages & innovations

Cooperation plus value: 
The modular EDG has the following advantages: - Easy to use for kids and the elderly - Allows accurate self-instillation of eye drops - Empowers patients to instil their eye drop medications comfortably - Fits a variety of bottle sizes, making it suitable for patients with multiple drug prescriptions Compared to the conventional manual way of instilling eye-drops, it is a hygienic way for the medication to reach the eye without external contamination. Because of it's accuracy, there is no or minimal wastage of the eye drop. It brings about convenience to the patient and healthcare provider and ensures safe instillation of the eyedrop.

Stage of development

Cooperation stage dev stage: 
Already on the market

Partner sought

Cooperation area: 
The institute seeks licensing agreements with MNEs or SMEs of all sizes. The partner could be a healthcare provider or healthcare equipment provider. The partner could license the technology and develop it further to serve the needs of its markets.

Type and size

Cooperation task: 
SME 11-50,SME <10,>500 MNE,251-500,SME 51-250,>500

Dissemination

Dissemination sector group : 
Dissemination preferred : 
Albania, Argentina, Armenia, Austria, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Brazil, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Canada, Chile, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Denmark, Egypt, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Italy, Japan, Jordan, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Malta, Mexico, Moldova, Montenegro, Netherlands, New Zealand, North Macedonia, Norway, Paraguay, Peru, Poland, Portugal, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Singapore, Slovakia, Slovenia, South Korea, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Taiwan, Tunisia, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, Vietnam