The winner of the Horners Award for Design and Innovation was announced today at Interplas. TickleFLEX, an insulin injection aid, was invented by type-1 diabetic Peter Bailey of TickleTEC Ltd. TickleFLEX assists insulin-dependent diabetics who self-administer insulin. It fits onto existing needles and is designed to minimise both the pain of injection and the human error that sometimes occurs.
With over four million diabetics in the UK the device was judged to have the potential to make a positive difference in many people’s lives. Judges, including members of the Worshipful Company of Horners and the British Plastics Federation (BPF), determined it to be an ‘innovative medical application of plastics’ versatility in solving a real-world issue’.
The TickleFLEX uses ‘specially textured flexing fingers’ to grip a small area of skin and control insertion depth, whilst pain is blocked by ‘saturating local sensory inputs’. For those who suffer from a fear of needles the device is also designed to hide the needle. The judges were impressed by how these features were combined to improve the everyday lives of those who need to self-administer insulin.
TickleTec Ltd will be presented with their trophy by the Lord Mayor of the City of London at the Horners Annual Banquet to be held at Mansion House on Thursday 5th October.