Three-way partnership out of Peterborough, Ontario, Canada, sets the stage for a radical change in injection drug delivery for patients worldwide.
Peterborough, Ontario, Canada – A partnership of three Peterborough Ontario-based companies is set to start production of its final generation of a unique patented micro-needle drug delivery system, using state-of-the-art equipment unavailable anywhere else in the world.
“The partnership of PKA SoftTouch, Steelworks Design, and Westmount Pharmacy signifies a huge leap forward to actual profitability,” says Dick Crawford, PKA chair of the board and CEO, as he announced the long-awaited initiation of the micro-needle’s production capability.
PKA’s small and inexpensive Micro-Needle is a unique device that lets patients inject only into the skin layers where there are no nerves and no pain. The company began research in October 2005 to design and develop a cost-effective, painless, minimally invasive medical device technology for the treatment of chronic diseases such as diabetes.
Steelworks Design engineers have worked tirelessly in partnership with PKA SoftTouch to develop and construct the micro needle’s drug capsule (bubble) production equipment, now installed and ready for use in Westmount Pharmacy’s unique sterile facility.
“This is the longest standing project our company has ever had, and it’s not the kind of project we get to do every day,” says Don Barnet, Steelworks president. “It’s great to see the micro needle get some real traction and take off the way we thought it always would. You really feel like you are part of something special, developed right here in Peterborough. If it takes off and goes to market in a big way we hope to build a factory around the device. This means a huge project for us and a big win for Peterborough, and I really do think this can happen.”
Steelworks Design is a full-service Engineering firm located in Peterborough, specializing in machine design, research and development, product design, process improvements, and design/build of production automation and custom lifting devices.
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Source: www.onlinetmd.com; December 16, 2014.