We have an unparalleled track record in end-to-end product development for some of the world’s largest and most innovative pharmaceutical companies.

Our bespoke designs enable clients to differentiate their products and meet the challenging performance requirements of new markets and novel drugs.

Award-winning devices

We provide rapid, risk-based design and development from concept to commercial launch, with compliance to international standards, as well as FDA and EMA guidelines.

Our deep scientific understanding combined with patient and healthcare insight leads to award-winning drug delivery devices for the treatment of conditions ranging from cancer and autoimmune diseases to diabetes and asthma.

Wide-ranging applications

Our wide-ranging work within drug delivery includes:

High-performance respiratory products (such as MDIs, DPIs and nebulisers)

Parenteral delivery devices (such as pens, autoinjectors, patch pumps and large volume injectors)

Electromechanical drug delivery devices integrating connectivity with eHealth solutions.

How we work


Integrated product design begins with our user insight experts working with our clients to define critical stakeholder needs, which underpins all subsequent design, development and testing phases.

Our multidisciplinary teams bring expertise in analytical sciences, human factors, industrial design and mechanical, electrical and software engineering. And our rigorous processes ensure that every device is robust and reliable, including verification and validation studies for regulatory submission.

Design for manufacturing (DFM) is embedded in our process and we work closely with manufacturers to ensure seamless transfer to production. Our end-to-end approach to development extends to packaging and instructions for use (IFU) design, and we regularly support our clients in scaling up production of their successful products.

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Tech, tools & facilities


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Design & analysis tools

We use a range of design tools including Solidworks and Pro/E. Analysis tools include Ansys Fluent for fluid analysis, Ansys Mechanical for finite element analysis and Maxwell for electromagnetic analysis. We use Zemax for optical simulation, Matlab for general mathematical/statistical simulation and Labview for the rapid build and control of laboratory equipment.

Test labs
 

Development & test laboratories

We have 100,000sq feet of laboratories spread across the UK and USA, including electronic production, fabrication and low-volume production capability. This includes medical laboratories specifically equipped for analytical testing of drug delivery devices, from prototype development to design verification. Our climate-controlled labs feature laser diffraction, high-speed video, in-vitro test equipment, metrology, microscopy and force test equipment.

Prototyping workshops
 

Prototyping workshops

Our electronic and mechanical prototyping workshops allow us to produce technically credible prototypes that bring ideas to life and offer a powerful demonstration of their value. All while maintaining extremely high standards of quality that conform to ISO 9001, ISO 13485 and ISO 14001 regulations. Using the latest CNC and milling machines, lathes, welding gear and wire harness and cable assembly tools, we are able to produce parts very quickly and assemble full-scale working prototypes for testing and consumer trials.

Anechoic chamber (Stargate Satimo)
 

Satimo Stargate 64

This anechoic radio and antenna test chamber is one of only a handful of facilities in Europe. Within this six-metre cube, we can carry out automated three-dimensional measurement and visualisation of wireless device behaviour and test body-worn technology using body phantoms or real live test subjects. This helps us to understand and optimise real-word RF performance of products such as smart implants (including implanted telemetry), connected drug delivery devices and wearables.

We can help you achieve the impossible

CASE STUDIES


Case study

Chiesi next-generation inhaler

We helped Chiesi Farmaceutici create a novel, next-generation dry powder inhaler (DPI) to compete with the market leaders throughout Europe.

 

Smart health monitoring wearable

Capturing data and applying machine learning algorithms to better understand stress and deliver more effective drug treatment

 

Novartis auto-injector design

Intuitive drug delivery device for multiple sclerosis sufferers

NEWS & INSIGHTS


Whitepaper

Connected drug delivery devices: the reality of design and development

28th September 2018

Connected drug delivery products (Drug delivery devices with attached/incorporated capability that includes connectivity to wider digital services) continue to be a driving force in medical devices. In this whitepaper...

  • Digital health
  • Digital services
  • Machine learning & AI
  • Product realisation
  • Project management
  • Service design
  • Strategic advice
  • User Experience (UX)
Peer reviewed research

Adding Electronics to the Breezhaler®: Satisfying the Needs of Patients and Regulators

4th July 2018

Low adherence to therapy is a recognized issue in respiratory disease and has driven the development of electronic sensors for monitoring inhaler use. To date, sensors for dry powder inhalers (DPIs) have...

  • Connectivity & IoT
  • Digital health
  • Electronics & ASICs
  • Embedded software
  • Mechanical engineering
  • Sensing
Opinion

Technology, clinical trials and oncology - how they're all connected

9th May 2018

“What does the youngest chief executive in Big Pharma want? A control room straight off the starship Enterprise.”… That was the headline of a recent Forbes article on the vision of the new Novartis CEO, Vasant Narsimhan...

  • Digital health
  • Strategic advice
Whitepaper

Clinical trials: how technology is driving digitisation

23rd April 2018

The era of clinical trials as we’ve known them, is coming to an end. Rising costs, coupled with the commercial risks of failure, are unsustainable. This disruptive state is driving the adoption of new technologies, and catalysing...

  • Digital health