Population Health

December 11, 2019

New autoinjector device seeks to make medicine more accessible

Image of the Epinject deviceThrough student project-turned-startup MedsForAll, University of Washington materials science and engineering alum Shawn Swanson is developing an affordable alternative to the EpiPen.

The MedsForAll approach is to separate the drug from the autoinjector device, allowing the device to be sold separately and pharmacists to load it by inserting a glass ampule of the prescribed drug.

Swanson and the MedsForAll team have drawn heavily from the expertise and resources of the UW, including the Department of Materials & Engineering, the Engineering Innovation in Health program, the Buerk Center for Entrepreneurship and CoMotion.

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