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E Ink and LTS Develop Smart Patch to Improve Medical Management

Published: Oct 23,2017

E Ink Holdings and LTS Lohmann-Therapie Systeme AG, today announced their partnership to develop a “Smart Patch” prototype. The Smart Patch prototype is a transdermal therapeutic system (TTS) which delivers medication to patients in a convenient, controlled and comfortable manner and features an E Ink display to deliver and to convey relevant information about patch performance.

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The Smart Patch is equipped with a 2-inch E Ink electronic paper display (EPD) which leverages the display’s bistable nature to ensure the patient doesn’t need to recharge the battery. The patch features a switch, pressure sensor and a low voltage E Ink display that shows helpful information with functionalities including timer, corrector and reminder.

“Poor medical adherence negatively impacts patient’s therapeutic outcomes, leading to more hospitalizations and higher total costs,” said Dr. Hanshermann Franke, Corp. VP of R&D at LTS. “The main purpose of any innovation must be centered on the idea of making patients’ lives as healthy and comfortable as possible. This can be achieved by designing “smart” solutions that easily integrate, facilitate treatment monitoring and help patients use their medication properly.”

“This is the first application to feature E Ink’s low voltage film, which uses 50-70% of the typical driving voltage for EPDs,” said Dr. FY Gan, EVP of Sales Center at E Ink. “In addition to minimizing power consumption, which results in being able to use a small battery with a longer battery life, the low voltage film is the thinnest electronic paper film available on the market at less than 200um, enabling it to fit flawlessly on the TTS.”

“There are many advantages to TTS technologies, and now we can add a decisive enhancement – an E Ink display,” said Dr. Tim Schlange, CMO at LTS. “This feature allows LTS to provide functionalities to patients with more reliable, safe and pain-free applications and to further enhance the value of solutions for its partners in the pharmaceutical industry .”

“Medical innovation is happening at an unprecedented rate and we are excited to partner with a company that is providing unique drug delivery systems in the marketplace to improve medical compliance,” said Dr. Paul Apen, Chief Strategy Officer at E Ink. “Our displays are a natural fit for this type of drug delivery system as they are thin, have a wide viewing angle and consume minimal power for continued use. This is just one of the ways our display technology is impacting the future of medical applications.”

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