New product design contest on desall.com: Bormioli Pharma and Desall invite you to revolutionise current child-resistant closure systems for medication containers by leveraging the power of biometric recognition solutions.
At Bormioli Pharma, we design and manufacture pharmaceutical packaging systems that reach millions of patients worldwide every year. With 9 factories across Europe and over 1,400 dedicated employees, we proudly distribute our products to more than 100 countries.
We see ourselves as a “start-up” with over a century of experience, originating from a historic industrial background and becoming an independent company in 2017. This unique position allows us to be both stable and dynamic. In recent years, we have consistently invested in enhancing our production capabilities, acquiring new businesses, and, most importantly, driving growth through innovation.
Embracing this spirit, we have developed our own Open Innovation model, a system that promotes skill-sharing and external collaboration in our processes. We firmly believe that collaboration fuels change and that fresh ideas have the power to improve people’s lives.
What we are looking for
Bormioli Pharma is seeking a new closure system to safeguard medications at home and limit their use exclusively to the prescribed patients. The so-called “child-resistant caps” (CRC) or “child-proof caps” effectively prevent medication packaging from being opened by children, thereby avoiding accidental ingestion of medicinal substances. Currently, CRC caps utilise a system that necessitates pushing the closure downwards while simultaneously rotating it anti-clockwise.
However, CRC caps exhibit several drawbacks: they pose difficulty for the elderly or those unable to exert sufficient force, are prone to tampering, and lack smart features. The integration of novel identity recognition technologies with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions could significantly revolutionise the approach to tackling this safety issue.
To ensure the successful implementation of your proposals, please consider the following guidelines:
You are invited to submit innovative concepts, objects, shapes, and mechanisms for a CRC (Child-Resistant Closure) system for medication containers that incorporate advanced biometric recognition systems.The closure system must ensure that the container cannot be opened, particularly by children, without proper activation of the electromechanical component associated with patient identification. Otherwise, the container will remain effectively tamper-proof.
The electromechanical component can either be integrated into the new closure system or housed within an accessory that can be mounted onto an existing closure (refer to the downloadable Material files). The entire system must be compatible with an existing Bormioli container (see the “Dimensions” section and downloadable Material files).
The product should be easily portable and operable both via a smartphone app connected to the proposed solution and without the use of a smartphone.
The closure system may also track the number and timing of openings to provide information regarding the patient’s adherence to their medication regimen.
While optional, the design of an app to accompany the device is welcome (not required, but a nice-to-have feature).
Additional suggestions for enhancing the functionality of the closure system and app are also appreciated.
Target and usage
The product is intended for personal and independent use by patients and non-professional users in various daily routine contexts, such as home, work, and travel. It should also be suitable for individuals with disabilities (e.g., visual impairment or motor difficulties in limbs or hands). Therefore, inclusivity is crucial in selecting appropriate solutions.
Aesthetics and shapes
The product should feature a minimalistic and modern design, incorporating curved and gentle contours while avoiding sharp and angular forms.
Inspiration for the style can be drawn from sectors beyond medical, such as aerospace. The product should convey and ensure reliability, robustness, trust, safety, and ease of use.
For guidance on colour choices, refer to Bormioli Pharma’s corporate visual identity.
The company logo must be displayed on the product, and it can be found in the downloadable Material files.
The medication stored in this type of container, either in liquid or solid form (powder or pills), is typically marketed in containers of varying capacities (from 50 ml to 300 ml) and mouth sizes (28mm or 35mm). For this contest, the product’s size should be based on the sample containers provided in the downloadable Material files.
Production technologies and materials
The primary production method permitted for the dispenser is plastic injection moulding. The use of medical-grade rubber or silicone is allowed. All surfaces in contact with the medication must be made from plastic materials. Matte finishes are preferred, as they facilitate the handling of the opening mechanism.Required materials
Up to 5 low-res images to effectively present your project
The project description and low-res images can be uploaded via the dedicated form in the Upload page. Images should be in 4:3 format, with .jpg, .gif or .png file formats acceptable. The colour mode should be RGB and the maximum size of a single file should be 1 MB.
Summary presentation of the product
User experience storyboard
Operational details of the release system
The selection of the winner by the Sponsor will be the result of an unquestionable evaluation and it will take into account originality, feasibility and consistency of submitted projects with the presented brief.
Extra Award (option right fee)
For the duration of the option right, the Sponsor offers an extra chance to all participants setting a fee of €2500 for the purchase of the licence for the economical exploitation of the projects not-acknowledged as the winning proposals.