SHL Medical | 2019.06

Auto-Injector Designed by SHL Medical Receives 2019 Medical Design Excellence Awards

Medical Design Excellence Awards

SHL Group is pleased to announce that AstraZeneca’s BYDUREON BCise auto-injector, which is designed and manufactured by SHL Medical AG, has been selected as the Gold Winner in the Drug-Delivery and Combination Products category of the 21st Annual Medical Design Excellence Awards (MDEA) competition. Winners were announced at the 2019 MDEA Ceremony held on June 11 at the Jacob K. Javits Convention Center in New York.

SHL is proud to have partnered with AstraZeneca to design, develop, and manufacture the cartridge-based BYDUREON BCise auto-injector. The injector is equipped with SHL’s proprietary Needle Isolation Technology (NIT®), a unique safety solution that enables cartridges to function like traditional prefilled, staked-needle syringes. Featuring a pre-installed needle that is permanently hidden throughout the injection process, this technology eliminates the need for patients to manually attach the needle before each injection. Production of the device is driven by SHL’s full set of in-house capabilities and fully automated assembly processes to meet the demands for high-volume production.

"SHL has always supported our pharmaceutical partners with innovative solutions that enable them to empower their patients. The MDEA nomination is an affirmation of SHL's dedication to doing just that—empowering AstraZeneca's patients with a simplified device for a more convenient injection experience," said SHL Medical Chief Commercial Officer Josh Gonzalez.

Jochen Ratjen, director of industrial design said, "Building an easy-to-use auto-injector around a cartridge was a new challenge that involved an unprecedented level of attention to multiple factors surrounding the drug, the needle attachment, and the overall injection process. Therefore, the users were essential in determining the device's activation mechanism and form factor. SHL worked closely with AstraZeneca throughout the entire development phase to ensure that the design made sense to drug's nature as well as the end-user."

The MDEA is the medtech industry's premier design competition committed to recognizing significant achievements in medical product design and engineering that improve the quality of healthcare delivery and accessibility. The awards program celebrates the accomplishments of the medical device manufacturers, their suppliers, and the many people behind the scenes—engineers, scientists, designers, and clinicians—who are responsible for the cutting-edge products that are saving lives; improving patient healthcare; and transforming medtech—one innovation at a time.

About SHL

SHL Group is a world-leading solution provider in the design, development and manufacturing of advanced drug delivery devices such as auto-injectors, pen injectors and advanced inhaler systems. We also offer core competencies and services in the fields of medtech and patient care solutions. With locations in Taiwan, Switzerland, Sweden, China and the United States, our experienced engineers and designers develop product enhancements as well as breakthrough drug delivery and patient care solutions for pharma and biotech clients globally. Significant investment in research and development has enhanced our broad pipeline of next-generation drug delivery systems that support ongoing innovations in drug development and digital healthcare. This includes advanced reusable and disposable injectors that can accommodate high volume and high viscosity drugs and biologics and can be enhanced through digital implementations.

With over 4,000 employees worldwide, SHL Group consists of several distinct group companies:

SHL Medical designs, develops and manufactures advanced drug delivery devices, as well as provides final assembly, labeling and packaging services for leading pharmaceutical and biotech companies across the globe.

SHL Healthcare develops and manufactures equipment solutions for home, hospital and long term care use.

SHL Technologies provides contract manufacturing and engineering services for the production of complex medtech and industrial products.

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About the MDEA Program

The Medical Design Excellence Awards are presented by UBM, a global advanced manufacturing and medtech events organizer, and by Medical Device and Diagnostic Industry (MD+DI), the industry's central source for late breaking news, information, and business intelligence.

The MDEA panel is comprised of medtech experts, including a balance of practicing doctors, nurses, and technicians alongside industrial designers, engineers, manufacturers, and human factors experts. MDEA jurors comprehensively review entries based on the following criteria: the ability of the product development team to overcome all challenges so the product meets its clinical objectives; innovative use of materials, components, and processes; user-related functions improving healthcare delivery and changing traditional medical attitudes or practices; features providing enhanced benefits to the patient and end-user in relation to clinical efficacy; manufacturing cost-effectiveness and profitability; and healthcare system benefits such as improved accessibility, efficacy, or safety, in addition to providing attention to a critical unmet clinical need.

The 2019 MDEA Juror Panel selected 46 exceptional finalists in nine medical technology product categories. Products were judged based on design and engineering innovation; function and user-related innovation; patient benefits; business benefits; and overall benefit to the healthcare system.

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