Our Innovation Analysts recently looked into emerging technologies and up-and-coming startups in the packaging industry. As there is a large number of startups working on a wide variety of solutions, we decided to share our insights with you. So, let’s take a look at promising adherence control solutions for pharma packaging.
Heat Map: 5 Top Adherence Control Startups
For our 5 picks of adherence control startups, we used a data-driven startup scouting approach to identify the most relevant solutions globally. The Global Startup Heat Map below highlights 5 interesting examples out of 300 relevant solutions. Depending on your specific needs, your top picks might look entirely different.
Speed Medicine – Customized Medicine Packaging
It has become necessary to provide enhanced, better and more professional healthcare services, especially for terminally ill and elderly patients. As they find it difficult to manage their medication on their own, a customized medication packaging system is a useful and productive feature. Indian startup Speed Medicine customizes patient’s medicines into sachets based on the doctor’s prescription. They receive one sachet (with date, time, day, meal preference, medicine name and expiry date) for every time of medication. Patients also get text message reminders about their medication schedule.
Water.IO – Dose-Measure Packaging
Today’s companies offer special devices that identify and measure dosage without direct contact with the medicine. They provide notifications for the consumer to take the medicine on time, both on the smartphone and the cap or blister according to the patient’s prescription. Israeli startup Water.IO’s solution is comprised of disposable Smart-Cap sensors that measure the usage of the product in the bottle, reminds patients to take their pill and alerts them before an overdose. The package communicates with a dedicated app and gives alerts when the medication is about to run out.
Pillsy – Smart Pill Dispenser
Upgraded traditional pill bottles with an application installed are able to set timers and reminders to discreetly prompt the patient to take their medication using messages, sounds or other notifications. SmartBottle by Pillsy alerts users when it’s time to take their medication and tracks whether it was taken. The bottle is connected to a smartphone or tablet to provide relevant notifications, to keep track of medication intake, and to allow a family member or health professional to receive a notification if the medicine was taken or not.
ALE – Compliance-Encouraging Design
Depending on prescription and dosage, manufacturers offer different packaging formats and designs to promote patient compliance. Day/night treatment schedule graphics, a calendar with the prescribed medication regimen, separate sectors distinguished by package color schemes and other design elements are available to encourage compliance. French company ALE offers marquage-blister packaging design that simplifies the process of taking medicine as prescribed with printed day-to-day marks.
Popit – Smart Sensing Devices
So far, not all medications come with a smart package that improves patient compliance although especially pill reminders are a solution that makes any package “smart” and patient-friendly by attaching it to any plain blister pack. Finish startup Popit creates a pill tracker and reminder for medication that comes in blister packs. It is attached to a blister pack, where it automatically detects when pills are taken by using proprietary technologies. The Popit App automatically keeps track of all pills consumed.
What About The Other 295 Adherence Control Solutions?
While we believe data is key to creating insights it can be easy to be overwhelmed by it. Our ambition is to create a comprehensive overview and provide actionable innovation intelligence for your Proof of Concept (PoC), partnership, or investment targets. The 5 adherence control startups showcased above are promising examples out of 300 we analyzed for this article. To identify the most relevant solutions based on your specific criteria and collaboration strategy, get in touch.