Insulin therapy is often a cumbersome process for the diabetic who runs the risk of neglecting their treatment. Jose Luis Lopez has been experiencing it firsthand from age 19, but he did not find a customized solution until 2013, when he created the prototype of a device that replaces the notebook where the diabetic writes each insulin injection.
The result is called Insulclock. The diabetic tired of carrying a book is today one of the CEOs of a developing project. The idea consists of a small suitable device to place anywhere in the insulin pen. As soon as the drug is administered, the device sends data about the doses to an application so patients do not need to worry about anything else.
The time, amounts, temperature and state of insulin are recorded and available both to the doctor and to the patient at the same time the patient has pricked. If all project objectives are met, it could be on the market in the first half of 2016.
“It involves above all quality of life, because it allows to automate the entire prescription process of quality insulin administration with only one puncture. It can create a number of useful alerts,” comments Jesus Perez, director of Insulclock in Galicia, on a project that is currently being developed at the Center for Entrepreneurship ‘Galicia Open Future‘ of the City of Culture in Santiago, a collaboration between the Telefonica Foundation and the regional government, Xunta.
In a few months when the crowdfunding, which 12 Insulclock supporters have just promoted, finishes the device will be tested in hospitals in A Coruña and Santiago, and at the University of Atlanta, in the United States.
“There is nothing like this on the market today, existing applications work to enter the data manually,” explains the project manager in Galicia, who emphasizes that the idea comes from a group of professionals with very different profiles, like doctors, such as Clotilde Vázquez, head of the Clinical Nutrition Service of Ramon&Cajal Hospital, engineers like Jesus Arenas, one of the CEOs of Insulclock or nurses, such as Araceli Martin, from the Jimenez Diaz Foundation.
“Everyone tells us Insulclock improves the quality of life greatly. This tool allows daily and more precise control, because it is very important that chronically ill people respect the treatment. Forgetfulness can be very serious,” explains Perez.