June 2, 2023 4:17 pm

EOFlow’s device will be integrated into Medtronic’s Meal Detection Technologies algorithm

Over 37 million Americans alone have diabetes, and about 31% of these individuals are treated with insulin, which comes with its personal dangers: incorrect insulin dosing, which means either injecting as well small or as well a lot, or undertaking it at the incorrect time, can outcome in challenges such as hypoglycemia, hyperglycemia, wide glycemic excursions, or diabetic ketoacidosis. 

To aid resolve for this, South Korean enterprise EOFlow has created a device named the EOPatch, which characteristics microfluidic technologies developed to provide insulin with greater accuracy and reliability, when also minimizing the danger of insulin occlusion, aka a blockage that prevents the pump from delivering insulin appropriately

Now the enterprise will be capable to get its technologies out to even a lot more men and women as medtech enterprise Medtronic plc announced on Thursday that it has entered into a set of definitive agreements to obtain EOFlow and its technologies. 

As per the agreement, Medtronic will obtain all of its shares in EOFlow at a price tag per share of KRW 30,000 ($22.57 in US dollars). In addition, pursuant to a share subscription agreement with EOFlow, Medtronic will also obtain new shares at a price tag per share of KRW 24,359 ($18.32), which will be employed to fund EOFlow’s operational and study and improvement specifications. In total, this bring the price tag of the acquisition, which is anticipated to close in the second half of this year, to KRW 971 billion, or $738 million.

The EOPatch device is a tubeless, wearable, completely disposable, external insulin injection device that automatically injects insulin from the outdoors of the physique. The device is developed to be discreet, so it that can be worn on a variety of components of the physique.

Going forward it will be integrated into Medtronic’s Meal Detection Technologies algorithm, which offers insulin to aid account for when customers neglect to bolus, or they underestimate the quantity of carbs in their meal, as properly as the company’s continuous glucose monitor (CGM), the 780G method insulin pump, which was approved by the FDA a month ago.

Founded in 2011, the Seongnam, South Korea headquartered EOFlow, which also has offices in San Jose, is authorized to marketplace the EOPatch in Europe, South Korea, Indonesia, and the United Arab Emirates the EOPatch initially launched in South Korea in April 2021, and then in September 2022 in Europe, when also obtaining the U.A.E. the very same month. It also obtained Indonesia approval in October 2022. As of the finish of 2022, EOFlow had more than 600 EOPatch customers in Korea.

The enterprise is not however authorized to marketplace in the U.S., even though it did submit its application to the FDA in December it did previously receive Breakthrough Device Designation for the EOPancreas Program, its closed loop Automated Insulin Delivery /Artificial Pancreas Device, in 2019.

“We’re thrilled to accelerate our subsequent phase of development with a companion like Medtronic who shares our target of simplifying diabetes management to make life less complicated for the prospects we serve,” Jesse J. Kim, CEO and founder of EOFlow, stated in a statement. 

“With each other, we’ll perform to advance innovation in wearable insulin patch technologies to expand our attain to a lot more folks about the planet living with diabetes. With a worldwide footprint in more than one hundred nations, potential to scale up manufacturing rapidly, and sophisticated application and sensor capabilities, Medtronic is the excellent strategic companion for EOFlow.” 

(Image supply: eoflow.com)

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