Cambridge Consultants designs smart injection pen

10 October 2014

Cambridge Consultants has designed a smart injection pen that will help diabetes patients to better manage their insulin delivery and hence their disease, by capturing the exact moment and dose of the insulin at the moment of injection. The so-called KiCoPen works without batteries.

Diabetes is a lifelong disease that causes someone’s blood sugar level to become too high. With the right amount of insulin at the right times throughout the day, patients can live very long and healthy lives. But failure to do so, can lead to damaged organs, blood vessels, and over time nerves, risking further health complications, and driving the costs to the healthcare system. Worldwide more than 371 million people are affected by diabetes, a number that is expected to increase to 552 million by 2030. In the UK, the number of diabetes patients aged 16 or over is 3.1 million and is expected to be 4.6 million in 2013.

Cambridge Consultants, a global product development engineering and technology consulting firm, has designed a smart injection pen that will help diabetes patients to track their insulin delivery, to make the management of their disease an easier and more accurate task.

Cambridge Consultants designs

How does it work?
Pens currently on the market will allow patients to capture the time of the last insulin shot by freezing the time when the cap was taken off. Cambridge Consultants states that this leaves room for error, in case the cap falls off, resulting in false information concerning the last dose. Cambridge Consultants’ so-called KiCoPen will combat this risk, by capturing the exact dose and time of the insulin delivered at the moment of the injection, information that is subsequently send to a an associated smartphone app. The KiCoPen works without a battery, and is powered by the action of  removing the injector cap, also resulting in a more reliable product, accoding to the consulting firm.

“Our new injection pen design allows patients to more easily self-manage their treatment, while ensuring they’re getting the exact amount of insulin they need,” says Vaishali Kamat, Head of Digital Health at Cambridge Consultants.

In addition to this new pen, Cambridge Consultants is currently developing a ‘companion app’ that will allow patients to better manage their diabetes through access to all necessary data and relevant analytics in one place. 


Ecorys manages Government fund reducing parental conflict

24 April 2019

Professional services firm Ecorys has been tasked with overseeing the management of a £2.7 million fund to increase support for disadvantaged families. The consultancy will work with charity Family Lives to assess applications for funding from projects on and offline which will support families at risk of parental conflict.

As defined by the UK Government, parental conflict can range from a lack of warmth and emotional distance, right through to verbal abuse. If children are exposed to this sort of distress over longer periods of time, their emotional and social development can be significantly affected. It may stop children from doing as well at school or even impact their career chances in later life – and this serves as an added handicap to the country’s most disadvantaged children, as those most at risk are those with parents who are out of work, on low incomes, or are themselves struggling with physical and mental health conditions.

In order to combat this vicious cycle, a new fund has been announced by the Minister for Family Support, Housing and Child Maintenance, Justin Tomlinson. The Reducing Parental Conflict Challenge Fund is part of a wider programme which encourages councils across England to integrate approaches addressing parental conflict into their local services for families.

Ecorys manages Government fund reducing parental conflict

Tomlinson said of the initiative, “Conflict between parents can have a devastating and long-lasting impact on children, and it’s often caused by external stresses. We want families experiencing problems to have easier access to help… This innovative fund will develop solutions for parents to repair their relationships, resolve any conflict and provide a safer environment for their children to grow up.”

The multi-million pound fund will consist of two separate strands. £1.1 million of funding will be earmarked for projects to support families at a greater risk of parental conflict, working to help families deal with complex issues including debt trouble, divorce and mental health issues. A further £1.6 million will go to digital support, which will help parents find beneficial resources online.

Eligible bidders could include local authorities, digital organisations, organisations from the public and private sector, voluntary and community organisations, and social enterprises. Grant participants in both categories will be asked to develop creative solutions which target digital help at parents with low digital skills and who live in low income and workless households.

The applicants will be assessed by Family Lives and consulting firm Ecorys UK. Family Lives is a charity with over three decades of experience helping parents to deal with the changes that are a constant part of family life. They will review applications for funding and oversee the delivery of the final projects, taking place between April 2019 and March 2020. Meanwhile, Ecorys is one of the oldest economic research and consulting companies in Europe. Its history dates back to 1929, when a group of businessmen from Rotterdam established the Foundation NEI: The Netherlands Economic Institute.

In the UK, Ecorys has worked on a number of high-profile governmental projects of late. Last year, the firm was recruited by the UK Government to evaluate Regional Adoption Agencies in England. The firm subsequently collaborated with the University of Bristol to examine the effectiveness of the new scheme – aimed at helping children find new, supportive homes more quickly – on behalf of the Department for Education.

Elsewhere, Ecorys was criticised for its management of another Government fund in 2018. Ecorys was placed in control of a £5 million pot aimed at supporting women’s rights groups during the 100th anniversary of female suffrage in Britain. However, a delayed and shortened submissions period for the fund meant that less than 5% of available funds were allocated to grassroots groups, leading Labour’s Shadow Minister for Women and Equalities, Dawn Butler, to state “the Government has outsourced yet another contract that has fallen woefully short of achieving its intended purpose.”