Move over, OmniPod (?): Medingo Medical Solutions, based in Israel, is bragging that it's creating "the first truly discreet insulin patch pump."
Like the OmniPod, the product they're developing, called the Soloâ„¢ system, is a two-part wireless system consisting of an insulin "patch" that adheres to the skin and a separate remote control unit with an integrated blood glucose monitor.
According to Medingo, the Solo will have a thinner profile than the OmniPod, and offer other advantages, including advanced safety features like an occlusion (blockage) sensor, and a way to control the patch manually even if you lose or forget the controller.
Here's the statement from their web site that really got me:
"For the first time the seven S's can be performed without a second thought: Sports, Shower, Swimming, Shopping, Sleeping, Sex and now also Sauna or hot bath."
This must mean that there will be a way to temporarily disconnect the Solo patch from your body, or at least the insulin reservoir, to keep it safe from jacuzzi and hot bath temperatures. Wow!
Unfortunately, no product photos are available yet. I understand patient studies are underway in Israel, and will be kicked off in the US in the not-too-distant future. Note that Medingo's scientific advisory board includes the likes of former ADA President Dr. Jay Skyler and Diabetes Technology Society founder Dr. David Klonoff, so this is no fly-by-night outfit here.
And Medingo's not the only show in town. The Australian enterprise Nanotechnology Victoria introduced its ground-breaking insulin patch technology in Boston early last month. You can watch a YouTube video on that one HERE.
Cross your fingers for the turbo-development of tiny nano-pumps!