Meet Medingo — The Future of Patch Pumps?

Move over, OmniPod (?): Medingo Medical Solutions, based in Israel, is bragging that it’s creating “theMedingo_logo first truly discreet insulin patch pump.”

Like the OmniPod, the product they’re developing, called the Solo™ 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!

4 Responses

  1. Manny Hernandez
    Manny Hernandez June 28, 2007 at 2:09 am | | Reply

    So many great developments lately, Amy! Thanks for sharing them.

    BTW, congrats on the award for the First Annual Diabetes Top Sites!! Well deserved.

    Wrote a little post about it back in TuDiabetes:
    http://tudiabetes.com/profiles/blog/show?id=583967%3ABlogPost%3A9168
    (we miss you!)

  2. riva
    riva June 28, 2007 at 2:10 pm | | Reply

    Hi Amy,

    Last year I was in a focus group held by Medingo for the patch you’re talking about. I thought it was the most exciting thing I’d seen since the Omnipod, which is still bigger than I want to wear.

    The patch they showed us looked very much like the patch you feature on the nanopump article: that size, that slim. The patch was two pieces that fit together, one holds the insulin, the other the pump device.

    The prototype was made in hard plastic, but the real thing they said would of course be made in a flexible, pliable material to fit any body part and any curve. I’m glad to see you reporting on it as I know now it’s really happening.

  3. WeightLossGuy
    WeightLossGuy June 29, 2007 at 10:32 pm | | Reply

    Just found your blog, very nice.. ! you have a lot of very useful information here. Thanks !

  4. Bianca
    Bianca January 28, 2008 at 11:36 pm | | Reply

    I am so excited I can’t wait. Something tubeless and discreet…oh how beautiful : )

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