Oxfordshire-based Owen Mumford has been awarded a distinction in the prestigious Red Dot Award for innovative product design for its Aidaptus single-use auto-injector launched in 2021. Aidaptus received the Red Dot Award in the Product Design 2023 category.
Designed, developed, and manufactured by Owen Mumford, Aidaptus is a single-use auto-injector created for the administration of a wide range of drugs and biologics, which require subcutaneous delivery. Aidaptus features distinctive design elements that benefit both drug companies and patients, which helped to secure the award.
The unique auto-adjust stopper sensing technology features a self-adjusting plunger that automatically adapts to different fill volumes in each syringe, with no change parts required. The versatile design also accommodates both 1mL and 2.25 mL prefilled glass syringes in the same compact base device.
This provides pharmaceutical companies with a single solution for the delivery of a variety of drug formulations. In addition, the compact design and simple 2-step injection process provide ease of use and confidence for those patients who require subcutaneous medication. The intuitive design is key to helping patients administer their own treatments in a home setting, helping to reduce the burden on healthcare practitioners and services.
“Red Dot is one of the most prestigious design competitions that is highly competitive, and we are honoured to be globally recognised with distinction in the Product Design 2023 category,” said Jarl Severn, CEO Owen Mumford. “We have previously enjoyed this accolade for our Unifine® Pentips® Plus pen needle, and today’s news further underscores our ongoing pursuit and commitment to excellence in design.”
The Red Dot Award has a history of more than 60 years of recognising excellence in design. With around 20,000 entries per year, the Red Dot Design Award is one of the biggest design competitions in the world. Its panel of over 40 international expert judges award excellent designs across several products annually. The “Red Dot” accolade has become established internationally as one of the most sought-after seals of quality for good design.
“Our Aidaptus auto-injector platform has been designed to reduce complexity and provide a flexible solution for pharmaceutical and biotechnology companies who are developing a variety of drug formulations for subcutaneous delivery.
It tackles the challenges of changes to drug formulation or injected volume and can, therefore, help reduce risk during drug development and lifecycle management,” said Michael Earl, Director at Owen Mumford Pharmaceutical Services. “In addition, Aidaptus will help patients to self-administer their individual therapies for diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis, Crohn’s disease and multiple sclerosis, using a simple and easy-to-use device.”
Aidaptus will be manufactured in state-of-the-art factories in Malaysia and the new Owen Mumford production facility in Witney, which is due for completion later this year. The site is being developed in accordance with BREEAM guidelines, recognising the highest levels of environmental, social and economic sustainability performance.
The new centre of excellence will play an important role in supporting the core principles of the organisation – doing business in a responsible and ethical way. In addition, Owen Mumford is collaborating with Stevanato Group for the moulding and assembly of Aidaptus, which gives customers the benefit of dual sourcing and security of supply.