Novo Nordisk wins design award for NovoTwist® needle
Novo Nordisk has been awarded a Good Design Award™ for NovoTwist®, the new needle designed for use with the insulin delivery device FlexPen®. The needle, which has a simple ‘just twist’ attachment and detachment, makes injection easier for people with diabetes.
The Good Design Award® (also known as G-Mark Award) from the Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization is a mark of true quality and gives recognition to the uniqueness of NovoTwist®. Nearly 3,000 entries were narrowed down by the judging panel and NovoTwist® was selected for an award in the ‘Society – Medical Equipment’ section. Previous winners of the Good Design Award™ include Apple, Toshiba, Toyota and Nintendo.
The Good Design Award™ highlights the unique design features of NovoTwist®. The judges specifically commented that “Conventional screw thread needles can be difficult to attach and detach, especially for the elderly, as limited manual dexterity and hand strength make the circular motion of screw attachment/detachment challenging. NovoTwist® has solved this problem with a simple functional design with a push-and-twist needle attachment/detachment system”.
When used with FlexPen®, three out of four patients prefer NovoTwist® to conventional needles, and patients find NovoTwist® easier to use, less time-consuming and more user-friendly than conventional needles. These benefits may be important to people with diabetes who seek easier and more discreet methods of self-administering insulin.
Novo Nordisk has a long tradition of innovative design. In 2005, the insulin pen NovoPen® 4 was also given a Good Design Award™, and in 2007, the pen was winner of a red dot product design award. Last year, the NovoFine® Autocover® needle from Novo Nordisk was awarded a Medical Design Excellence Award.
NovoTwist® comes in 5 mm (32G Tip) and 8 mm (30G), and its novel bayonet fitting allows the user to twist the needle onto FlexPen®. An audible and tactile ‘click’ confirms attachment of the needle. An integral glue tower minimises the risk of needle breakage, and short, thin needles ensure safe insulin deposition and reduce injection pain and bruising. According to Sommavilla et al 2008, the needle is preferred by people with diabetes.
For more information on NovoTwist®, please visit the NovoTwist® site
Photos of NovoTwist® can be downloaded from www.novonordisk.com/press
About the Good Design Award™
The Good Design Awards is a comprehensive programme for the evaluation and encouragement of design, organised by Japan Industrial Design Promotion Organization. The award’s parent organisation is the Good Design Products Selection System (commonly known as the G-Mark system), established in 1957 by the then Ministry of International Trade and Industry (the current Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry).
For more information on the G-Mark Awards, please visit www.g-mark.org.
APROM ID# 2799. January 2011.