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By Beth Bacheldor

Thinfilm, Ypsomed Partner on NFC-enabled Injection Systems for Self-Medication

Thin Film Electronics (Thinfilm), a Norwegian provider of printed electronics and smart systems, and the Ypsomed Group, a developer and manufacturer of injection systems for self-medication, have announced a partnership to incorporate Thinfilm's Near Field Communication (NFC) OpenSense technology in the YpsoMate autoinjector as a means of improving patient self-care compliance.

YpsoMate autoinjectors are disposable two-step injection systems that house prefilled glass or polymer syringes, Thinfilm reports, and are triggered by push-on-skin activation. Patients use autoinjectors to self-deliver periodic injections for the ongoing management of chronic conditions, such as rheumatoid arthritis or cardiovascular indications, making compliance a critical factor in their treatment plan.

The YpsoMate Smart autoinjector
Through the combination of the NFC OpenSense tags and a custom mobile app, Thinfilm explains, patients will be able to receive compliance assistance, such as adherence history, injection reminders, usage guidelines, refill instructions and authentication. In turn, the company notes, doctors will be able to track whether or not patients are adhering to daily self-medication requirements.

According to Thinfilm, NFC OpenSense tags are thin, flexible labels that can detect both the state before and after injection of an YpsoMate Smart autoinjector, as well as wirelessly deliver medication to patients through the simple tap of a smartphone, and record patients' interactions with the YpsoMate Smart device in the cloud. Each tag contains a unique identifier that makes it possible to track every YpsoMate Smart autoinjector to the individual item level. In addition, Thinfilm reports, the tag remains active even after the factory seal has been broken, enabling an extended dialogue between patients, doctors and brands.

Ypsomed will invest more than 50 million Swiss francs (approximately $50 million) during the coming years in the research and development of the new generation of injection and infusion systems. These systems support the administration of medications with intelligent electronic and software-based additional functions. Commercial availability of the systems has not yet been determined.

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