Ruggell, Liechtenstein, 30 July 2010- Pantec Biosolutions AG, a privately-owned company developing innovative technologies for transdermal drug delivery, today announced that its first manufactured product, P.L.E.A.S.E.® Professional’ received an "honourable mention" at the "red dot award: product design 2010" for its particularly successful and innovative design solutions. The red dot awards for product design recognise outstanding international product design in a variety of industry sectors including medical devices.
P.L.E.A.S.E.® Professional is a benchtop product for medical practice, implementing a new kind of medication-administration. The device’s distinctive design incorporates a hand-laser with which the physician applies a microporation technique to the skin, thus preparing the area for a medicated patch. As opposed to the often painful injection of medications - for example hormone therapies - the P.L.E.A.S.E.® Professional laser-system is pain-free. Marc Ruta and Milan Marovac from WILDDESIGN were responsible for the conception and the product development of this laser-system, allowing the users an intuitive handling of the device by a simple to understand graphical touch screen interface.
Evaluation of the submitted products for the red dot awards is performed by an international panel of judges consisting of eminent design experts. The panel examines and tests the products, assessing them according to criteria such as degree of innovation, functionality, ergonomics, durability and self-explanatory quality. This year, companies from 57 countries presented a total of 4250 products to the judges for evaluation.
Thomas Bragagna CTO of Pantec Biosolutions stated:
“Right from the start we wanted to express the real innovation of P.L.E.A.S.E. Professional through the design. We feel that we achieved this and it is super to see the judges agreed! This award is a tribute to the substantial efforts of all the teams involved in designing P.L.E.A.S.E. Professional including Pantec’s in-house development group, the designers from WILDDESIGN and the outsourced plastics engineering experts. We are delighted to have this substantial recognition.”
About Pantec Biosolutions and P.L.E.A.S.E.®
Pantec Biosolutions AG is a private drug delivery company specialised in using laser microporation technology to deliver large molecular weight drugs into the epidermis for local or systemic uptake. Its proprietary P.L.E.A.S.E.® (Painless Laser Epidermal System) platform enables efficient, needle-free and painless administration of biopharmaceutical drugs, in varying and individualised dosages, through partnered patch technology. The technology is currently in clinical trials for the delivery of IVF hormone therapy, a market with an estimated value of US$1.5 – 2 billion.
Pantec Biosolutions’ P.L.E.A.S.E.® platform is available both for the development of the Company’s own pipeline and for penetration into new markets through strategic partnerships. Pantec Biosolutions is based in Ruggell, Liechtenstein.
Dr. Christof Boehler
Pantec Biosolutions AG
t: +423 377 7800
Dr. Robert Mayer
College Hill Life Sciences
t: +49 (0)89 5238 8030
Background information on the "red dot award"
The "red dot design award", covering the disciplines of product design, communication design and design concept, is one of the largest of the leading design competitions world-wide. Since 1955, exceptional design quality has annually been selected by the Design Zentrum Nordrhein Westfalen in Essen (Germany) and officially honoured during an exhibition. In the year 2000, the Design Innovations - as the competition was previously named - was given the new international name, "red dot award: product design". The manufacturers and designers of a wide variety of industrial products can apply for this coveted award, which bestows the "red dot" in 16 product groups.