We have created novel inhaler devices aimed at empowering users, removing social stigma and boosting adherence. A win, win, win combination for sufferers. The patented rotary technology creates a dynamic inhaler that encourages the user to create a positive relationship with it. The plan is to be the first medical device designed to be fully functional and able to be personalised by the user.
The Hexa-haler journey started around 20 years ago when my sister had a dangerous incident relating to peanuts. Her usual adherence routine affected by a last minute bag change. The resulting episode saw her suffer in silence and she could have died. It was at this point, I decided I was going to invent devices that reduce the risk of avoidable incidents. I was 15. What started out as a key ring allergy box has evolved into an exciting and original solution to a global problem with in excess of 300 million sufferers.
We are in the development stage having had the OK in principal from the MHRA to develop it further and a UK granted patent to protect the special mechanics and global applications filed. We are collaborating with the LJMU and Alder Hey hospital along with associations with Medilink and Daresbury Science Park.
My inspiration is James Dyson. Like him, I'm dyslexic and had meningitis. His identification and problem solving solutions very much match my thought processes. Above all, for his Dyson vacuum, he had to turn the tide of skepticism and the status quo to get his device to market. The validity of his conviction is seen in the market dominance and better vacuums people use now as a result.
My innovation, is designed to improve peoples lives. Living with Asthma or COPD is a life long illness and one that is very on/off. I have created a design solution that will encourage children and adults to carry an inhaler - saving lives. The interaction with the device has shown that it resonates differently with each individual that uses it. I feel that any invention that creates benefits beyond the ideas of the creator must be doing something good.