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Carrigaline Woman Competes For International Award

Revolutionary New Diabetes Management Design Sends Carrigaline Student To The International Stages Of The James Dyson Award.

22-year-old product design student Orla Murphy, from Carrigaline and just graduated from the University of Limerick, has been shortlisted to progress to the international stages of the prestigious James Dyson Award where she is in with the chance of winning the grand prize of €33,500.

Orla has developed a revolutionary new type of insulin pump for diabetics which is exceptionally less invasive than traditional methods. The pump is for sufferers of ‘type one’ diabetes and the sleek design incorporates the use of micro needles for maximum comfort.

Orla began to learn about the day to day complexities of managing type one diabetes from her friend living with the condition. As a result, Orla was inspired to hone her design skills to help those living with diabetes and set about developing SmartGluco. Developed in consultation with diabetic specialists, the device provides glucose monitoring, delivery of insulin and algorithms to identify the user’s patterns and remedy their glucose fluctuations. The accompanying app also provides customized alerts and coaching on achieving a healthy diet and lifestyle.

Having just graduated from the University of Limerick, Orla has now taken her product design skills to LifeScan, a global leader in the development of diabetes management products based in Inverness, Scotland.

For more detail on Orla’s design, see www.jamesdysonaward.org 

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