Under the agreement, Qolpac joins Holst Centre’s “Integration technologies for flexible systems” shared research program. Together, the new partners will extend Holst Centre’s existing thin-foil smart blister technology to create intelligent tablet packaging that actively helps people adhere to medication regimes.
Smart blisters are pharmaceutical packages capable of monitoring when a pill is taken out of its packaging. Qolpac and Holst Centre have jointly developed a technology that integrates an ultra-low-power processor and radio into a thin plastic foil that could replace the standard backing foil of a blister package. Drawing on Qolpac’s expertise in therapy adherence solutions, the two partners will further develop this technology for mass-market use. This includes finding suppliers and manufacturers capable of supporting a high-volume application.
“Printed electronics has reached a certain level of maturity and it is now time for the technology to go to market. We believe smart blister pharmaceutical packaging will be one of the first printed electronics applications to reach the consumer. Working with Qolpac will help us take our technology to the next level towards market-readiness,” said Jeroen van den Brand, Program Manager Integration Technologies for Flexible Systems at Holst Centre.
“Qolpac aims to improve quality of life for individual patients through therapy adherence solutions that enable assisted living and allow patients to take control of their treatment. Within this vision, we have an ambition to bring smart blister packaging to the market to help monitor whether patients are taking their necessary medication. As a leader in flexible electronics with a global reputation, we believe Holst Centre is the ideal partner to help us realize that ambition,” said Qolpac CEO Bjorn Janse.About Qolpac
"To create an easy to use environment that helps people to improve their quality of life by providing knowledge, information and support by the means of E-communicative packaging."
Qolpac supports assisted living in the field of therapy adherence. We strongly believe that people are capable of maintaining a satisfactory quality of live under their own power. Our Healthiness-services do not take over but instead empower individuals to have more influence in their own Quality of Life. Qolpac (qolpac.com) bridges the distance between the therapist, the therapy and the adherence of the client. This reduces the call for more care and increases the quality of life for our users. We have created a range of products that will help anyone who wants to be in charge of their own health, but needs a little help and encouragement. All our products can communicate with the user’s smartphone helping our clients to improve their quality of life. No more constant bleeps or pings, just a gentle reminder when they need it most.
About Holst Centre
Holst Centre (holstcentre.com) is an independent open-innovation R&D centre that develops generic technologies for Wireless Autonomous Sensor Technologies and for Flexible Electronics. A key feature of Holst Centre is its partnership model with industry and academia around shared roadmaps and programs. It is this kind of cross-fertilization that enables Holst Centre to tune its scientific strategy to industrial needs.
Holst Centre was set up in 2005 by imec (Flanders, Belgium) and TNO (The Netherlands) with support from the Dutch Ministry of Economic Affairs and the Government of Flanders. It is named after Gilles Holst, a Dutch pioneer in Research and Development and first director of Philips Research.
Located on High Tech Campus Eindhoven, Holst Centre benefits from the state-of-the-art on-site facilities. Holst Centre has over 180 employees from 28 nationalities and a commitment from over 35 industrial partners.
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