HealthWorks, winner at the Concours Lépine 2010

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Three HealthWorks products won important awards at the 2010 Concours Lépine in Paris at a glittering ceremony under the patronage of Nicolas SARCOZY, President of the Republic of France.

The Concours Lépine is one of the world’s most important platforms for inventors. Held yearly in Paris, it attracts thousands of inventors from all over the world who present their inventions that are then judged by panels of experts in each profession.

For Uwe DIEGEL, inventor and president of HealthWorks France (the company responsible for the development of the Medifridge and of the entire MedActiv range) the three awards are the supreme accolade after many years of research and development.

« There are in France about 1.7 million people who are affected by diseases that hamper their travels because the medication they use is sensitive and must be kept at a temperature between 2 and 8°C. These people are effectively prisoners of their diseases. These medications include growth hormones, medications for poly arthritis, multiple sclerosis, vaccines and anti venoms. The MedActiv range of products gives these people the liberty to travel and to take responsibility for their health”
, says Uwe DIEGEL.

The Medifridge was developed in France by two well-known brothers in the medical industry, Dr. Olaf and Uwe DIEGEL, following an incident where Dr. Diegel’s insulin was compromised during the heat wave of 2003. If heat-sensitive medication is exposed to extreme temperatures, it is damaged and very quickly loses its effectiveness. The perfect temperature of storage for these medications is between 2°C and 8°C. They should never be frozen. These factors handicap patients in their travels and daily lifestyle.

The Concours Lépine: an important milestone for HealthWorks

The “Handicap 2010” prize given by the Mayor of Paris for the Medifridge is very important for Dr Olaf DIEGEL and Uwe DIEGEL, the two brothers who invented the Medifridge. The Medifridge is a portable fridge that allows people to travel with their medication. The Medifridge is recommended for insulin, vaccines, adrenalin, interferons, growth hormones and monoclonal antibodies, covering pathologies as diverse as diabetes, poly arthritis, multiple sclerosis and growth problems.

“We presented the first prototype of the Medifridge at the Concours Lépine in 2005 and were rewarded with the “Prix du Premier Ministre”. In 2005 the product was not yet ready, it was just a concept. The Concours Lépine helped us to crystallize our ideas and to really understand what the public was looking for. This is why we went back to our drawing boards to develop during the following 5 years the new Medifridge that answers not only the needs of diabetics, but also of those suffering from poly arthritis and a host of other diseases. Being winners at the Concours Lépine 2010 is directly in line with our company vision which includes a future where patients are not hampered by the intrinsic limitations dictated by their health condition and where doctors are not limited by the intrinsic limitations of their diagnostics material” says Uwe DIEGEL, president of HealthWorks.

A blue sky for those who suffer from chronic diseases

Another HealthWorks product, the Poucho (a new generation of isothermic bags that keeps insulin cool for 4 days without electricity) received a Special Award from the Ministry of Defense and the entire MedActiv range to transport thermo sensitive medication received the Gold Medal of the Minister of Health and Sports.

A state-of-the-art technology that follows international recommendations

Applications for the technologies of the MedActiv are numerous and HealthWorks is already developing new uses of these technologies for other drugs such as anti venoms and the transport of blood samples; “The MedActiv range makes it possible to simplify the management of all the chronic diseases that use drugs sensitive to heat”, explains Uwe DIEGEL. “Today’s health management is more about managing patients than diseases because any person who suffers from a chronic disease is defined by her daily lifestyle.”

The MedActiv range is available on the site  http://www.medactiv.fr

About HealthWorks

HealthWorks is the company created by the two Diegel brothers to develop and distribute their inventions. The HealthWorks products are sold under the brand MedActiv. One of the most popular products of the MedActiv range is the Medifridge, the world’s smallest fridge for the transport of insulin and other medications sensitive to heat

About the Concours Lépine

The Concours Lépine, created in 1901, is today one of the world’s foremost platforms for inventors to launch their new technologies. It has seen the birth of the Bic pen and of the electric oven. It facilitates the link between inventors and investors and allows inventors to find all the resources necessary for the manufacturing of their inventions.

For more information, please contact:

HealthWorks France
6 rue de Castellane
75008, Paris, France
Tel: +33 (0)1 42 66 15 59
http://www.medactiv.fr
Press contact:
Name: Uwe DIEGEL
Direct line: +33 (0)6 76 31 29 93
Mail :  udiegel@medactiv.com

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