Valtronic and Debiotech Announce Partnership on the JewelPUMP for Diabetic Patients

February 22, 2013 – 3:14 am

Debiotech SA and Valtronic announced that they have entered into an exclusive partnership agreement regarding the manufacturing of the electronic controller unit for Debiotech’s novel insulin “JewelPUMPTM”. Representing the most advanced use of microfluidic MEMS (Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems) technology in diabetes treatment, the watertight pump can be mounted on a disposable skin patch to provide continuous insulin infusion and is controlled by a dedicated smartphone device incorporating a BGM (blood-glucose meter), thus enabling substantial improvements in the treatment efficiency and the quality of life of diabetic patients. The highly miniaturised disposable insulin pump combines Debiotech’s expertise in insulin delivery systems with Valtronic’s experience in manufacturing high-quality and ultra-miniaturised electronic devices.

“The collaboration with Valtronic in Switzerland and in the US is an integral part of our objective to provide the best product manufactured by the best companies in the world,” said Dr. Frederic Neftel, President and CEO of Debiotech. “We are now engaged in a large scale production effort to make sure the JewelPUMP will be made available to every diabetic patient in the soonest possible time to ensure a better quality of life, while also improving reliability and performance of insulin delivery with a pump.”

“The collaboration with Debiotech on the JewelPUMP fits our strategy extremely well of participating in the most exciting medical device products, while contributing to patient safety and therapeutic efficacy,” says Martin Zimmermann, President and CEO of Valtronic. “At Valtronic we strive to bring our expertise to highly innovative projects like the JewelPUMP and ensure a full commitment and support to our partner. ”

The JewelPUMP is smaller, thinner and lighter than currently available insulin pumps, while incorporating double the amount of insulin (5mL), and is a nearly invisibly skin patch which can be worn for a 7-day treatment. It is directly controlled by the patient from a dedicated cell-phone remote control device, which also serves as a telephone and a BGM (Blood Glucose Meter) on a secured Androïd platform.

The JewelPUMP incorporates a microfluidic technology manufactured by MEMS manufacturing company ST Microelectronics to provide better control of the administered insulin doses, while detecting potential malfunctions of the pump to further protect the patient. The JewelPUMP is composed of a disposable pump-reservoir unit and an electronic controller unit that can be used for up to two years. The controller unit that will be manufactured by Valtronic integrates a number of functionalities, both for the operation of the pump unit and the highly secured communication with the remote smartphone device, as well as a large number of sensors and actuators (e.g. vibrator and acoustic alarm, temperature sensor, humidity sensor, accelerometer and cannula detector).

During the ATTD Congress in Paris, starting on February 27th, Debiotech will demonstrate the commercial version of the Jewel Pump which is currently on the way to the CE marking.

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