Epinow

Isabella Mumford

Northcross intermediate
Auckland


Profile Info

My project is a more portable, sustainable, easily accessible EpiPen. It's a smaller device than the current EpiPen that you can wear on your wrist. I'm hoping to develop the material of the casing to regulate the temperature of the lifesaving medicine inside the device. You wear Epi Now on your body, so you have instant access to life-saving medication the design of the case saves vital seconds in the access to the plunger. As the plunger is on the lid so it's easier for you to take out. My casing could also be used for other lifesaving medication in the future.

 


What inspired you to create your project?

When I was at a concert and security assumed my Epi-Pen was a weapon and tried to confiscate it off me. Then my mum and I had to explain it was a medical device that could save my life. As well as when I go to the beach or pool there's nowhere to carry my Epi-Pen because it's too long to fit in my pocket or a small bag. Then from there it got me thinking about what I can do to improve the design. These issues I faced inspired me to create Epi Now.

Who influences your tech/innovation?

I have had some fantastic teachers in my schooling who have made me realise that if I put my mind to something, I can do anything. I also realise there is a lot of young people whose ideas have been recognised around the world and this has made me realise my ideas aren't worthless.

What is your dream job?

I would love to do something in medicine to help with the eradication of anaphylaxis.