MedActiv wins big at the Taipei International Invention Show in Taiwan

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Two MedActiv products won top awards at the Taiwan 2010 Technomart Design Contest last night in Taiwan. The iFridge and the iTube herald a new era for the transport and storage of sensitive medications.

For Olaf and Uwe Diegel, inventors and developers of the iFridge and the full range of MedActiv products, the TechnoMart prizes are the ultimate reward after long years of research and development.

« There are about 1.2 million people in France 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 polyarthritis, 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.

iFridge: Innovation as the ultimate expression of technology

Winner Silver Medal at TechnoMart 2010

iFridge - Say Hello to the Future

iFridge - Say Hello to the Future

The “smallest refrigerator in the world” is designed for insulin and any other medication that needs to be maintained at a fresh and constant temperature. Winner of the Concours Lepine in Paris and of the “2010 Handicap Prize” by the City of Paris, it allows those suffering from chronic diseases to transport their medication in perfect safety during their travels, at work and at play.

In 2003, when we invented the world’s first truly portable fridge, we had not yet realized the impact our invention would have on the lives of millions of people worldwide who are effectively prisoners of their diseases. Today, I am proud to say that with the iFridge we can transport just about any medication safely, ranging from insulin to procreation agents. In France alone, there are over a million people with a lifestyle that is hampered by their fragile medication. To these people, we offer freedom of movement and the freedom to better manage their health, knowing that their medication is always kept at exactly the right temperature”, says Uwe DIEGEL, president of MedActiv.

The iFridge is recommended for the transport of insulin, vaccines, adrenaline, interferons, procreation agents, coagulation agents, growth hormones and monoclonal antibodies (TNF/Anti-TNF), covering diseases such as diabetes, polyarthritis, multiple sclerosis and growth deficiencies.

Technomart: an important milestone for MedActiv

Winning a Technomart Award 2010 for the iFridge is very important for MedActiv. “We presented the first prototype of the Medifridge in France in 2005 and were winners of the Prime Minister’s Prize at the Concours Lépine. The same year we were winners of a NASA award in the USA. In 2010 we won the 2010 City of Paris Handicap Prize with the second generation of this product. The iFridge is the natural evolution of these first two products and is more suited to international demands for the transportation of medications. Despite the great commercial success and the obvious importance of this product for people who suffer from chronic diseases, we had great difficulty in finding development aid for this product in France and had to do everything ourselves, which made it a much harder and longer process because of our limited resources. Winning at such a prestigious international design competition in Taiwan will help us in finding international investors. We already last week signed a new manufacturing agreement with a local company in Taiwan for the Asian market. It is amazing to me that such a unique technology as the iFridge, which meets the demands of millions of people around the world, must go abroad to find aid” said Uwe Diegel.

A blue sky for those who suffer from chronic diseases


Another MedActiv product, the iTube (an isothermal tube that keeps insulin cool for 24 hours) also received a silver medal in the Technomart competition.

iTube: A state-of-the-art technology that answers the daily needs of patients

The iTube is a brushed steel insulated vacuum flask designed to carry an insulin pen. It’s small, lightweight, stylish and was designed by HealthWorks to keep insulin cool for 24 hours.

Because the iTube looks a bit like a cigar tube, it might at first be seen as a gadget. However, I think that the iTube will be the single most used item by a diabetic on an everyday basis. Since I’ve started using it, I keep it with me at all times, so that when I go out to dinner with friends, I can keep my insulin with me safely in my jacket pocket without it being affected by my body heat”, says Dr Olaf DIEGEL, head of research at HealthWorks and himself a diabetic.

The iFridge and iTube technologies make it possible to simplify the management of all chronic diseases that use drugs sensitive to heat”, explains Uwe DIEGEL, president of HealthWorks. “Any person who suffers from a chronic disease is defined by his or her daily lifestyle, so it is important that we give them the correct tools that will give them the freedom to take responsibility for themselves. The iFridge and the iTube do just that and give them the liberty to embrace a new lifestyle that includes travel and movement.”

The iFridge and iTube will be available to the public on the site http://www.medactiv.com from December 24, 2010.

About MedActiv

MedActiv is a HealthWorks brand. HealthWorks is the company created by brothers Olaf and Uwe Diegel to develop and distribute their inventions. 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. MedActiv is today a global leader in the development of solutions for the transport and storage of medication.

Contact information:
HealthWorks France
6, rue de Castellane
75008 PARIS, France
Tel. 33 (0) 1 42 66 15 59
Press Contact:
Name: Uwe Diegel
Mail: udiegel@medactiv.com

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