Timestrip Attending ISBT London 2015

ISBTFrom 27 June – 1 July 2015, Timestrip will be attending the 25th  Regional Congress of the International Society of Blood Transfusion (ISBT) in London, UK.

ISBT is a society in the field of blood transfusion, transplants, science and medicine.

It facilitates knowledge about transfusion medicine to serve the interests of donors and patients.

Attendees will be able to see our new 6°C temperature monitoring product, Timestrip Blood Temp 6, along with Timestrip Blood Temp 10. Blood Temp 6Look for future news updates where we will post our booth number and detailed schedule. We look forward to meeting you!

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New vaccination reminder band made possible by Timestrip & Trust for Vaccines and Immunization (TVI)

tvi-logoTimestrip UK Ltd has announced it is working with Trust for Vaccines & Immunization (TVI), a not-for-profit organization, established to help ensure that every child, irrespective of his/her social class, colour or ethnic group is protected against Vaccine Preventable Diseases in Pakistan and around the world.

Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationTVI is the recipient of a Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Grand Challenges Explorations Award to develop a Vaccine Indicator and Reminder (VIR) band and is working in collaboration with Timestrip to develop the innovative device, reminding parents for timely completion of their children’s vaccines.

Working in partnership with Timestrip® and design consultants Daylight, Dr. Noor Sabah Rakshani from TVI has created the Vaccine Indicator Reminder (VIR) band to provide a simple, low-cost method of showing when each of the three rounds of vaccines needed over the first 14 weeks of a child’s life are due, alerting the mother with a clear visual marker at 6, 10 and 14 week intervals.

VIR band being put on an infant

Whilst the World Health Organisation estimates that vaccinations help save over 2.5 million lives each year globally, figures indicate that up to 60% of children in Pakistan do not complete the immunization schedule.

Those with a vaccination reminder card achieve above 80% vaccination completion but if no card is available, or if the card is lost or damaged, the child may miss a lifesaving vaccination.

This new ‘wearable’ healthcare reminder solution is being heralded as a breakthrough solution, thanks to the revolutionary application of a Timestrip® indicator manufactured into the durable, soft plastic waterproof VIR band, which is attached to the baby’s ankle.

Each VIR band is marked with a unique number to match the child’s medical records at the point of issue.

The failsafe and irreversible nature of the Timestrip® technology (activated by simple finger pressure) shows each of the 6, 10 and 14 weeks vaccination milestones.

As the highly visible red indicator liquid (a food grade dye) sealed inside the Timestrip® migrates along the clear window, the three vaccination periods are graphically marked.

Timestrip’s patented ‘liquid’ technology ensures the accurate passage of elapsed time over the entire 18 week period.

Gates Foundation Vaccine Reminder BandThere are no moving parts or electronics, just good science helping mothers and carers follow their child’s vital vaccination program with nothing but a quick glance at their baby’s ankle.

Dr. Noor Sabah Rakshani is excited at the progress made since the first VIR Bands were shipped to Pakistan late last year.

“We started our community effectiveness trial on October 28, 2014 in four study sites in Karachi, Pakistan. As of February 2015 the team has enrolled 344 children in the intervention and control groups, with 200 wearing the VIR band and 144 children in the control group receiving only the routine immunization card.

We have started receiving input from the parents as they come back for their second and third doses of the vaccine at 6, 10 and 14 weeks time.

Aside from the vital funds and invaluable support this pilot study has received from the Gates Foundation, an application for a GAVI grant to introduce the VIR band through a community midwifery program is also in the works.

The idea is for every midwife to give an activated VIR band to every infant they attend to in the community, and the VIR band will indicate to the parents the ‘Number of Weeks Unprotected’ for their child.

We are taking small but very important steps in our quest to protect children from vaccine preventable illnesses across Pakistan and around the world. The environmental friendly low cost and widely used Timestrip® technology has made it possible for the VIR band to be tested in low income communities in Pakistan and and I am thrilled to be working with the team.”

Commenting on the VIR band project, Timestrip® Founder Reuben Isbitsky said:

“We have a long history of innovation in the medical and pharmaceutical sectors, including the development of temperature monitoring products for blood products and vaccines. This project has allowed us to support the creation of a simple but life-saving product that could help millions of children who suffer through incomplete vaccination regimes. We are absolutely delighted to be helping bring about change in this vital area of work.”

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Temperature Controlled Warehouse Opening in Chicago Renews Focus on Monitoring Pharmaceuticals

departures_lounge DHL Global Forwarding opened it’s purpose built temperature controlled warehouse to process pharmaceutical, biotech and medical devices in Chicago’s O’Hare airport.

With 10,000 temperature controlled square feet situated in the world’s busiest airport, businesses now have better ways to get their temperature controlled healthcare products all over the globe.

Whether your products are being flown internationally, or shipped overground locally, you need to be sure temperature breaches have not occurred in transit.

Timestrip® has a line of temperature breach indicators that are small, easy-to-use, cost effective indicators that and provide auditable proof that your devices arrived safe to use.

The Timestrip® PLUS Duo line is created with vaccines in mind, as they indicate two ascending temperature breaches, both the higher and lower thresholds.

Our Timestrip® Blood Temp 10 indicator is a single use ascending temperature breach indicator that can be applied directly to a blood bag, and will visually alert you to a 10°C breach of the blood bag’s core temperature.

For all other temperature monitoring needs, our Timestrip® PLUS line monitors ascending temperature breaches in a variety of temperatures between -20°C and 30°C.

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ISO 13485:2003 Quality Management Certification

ISO 13485:2003Timestrip is proud to announce the successful certification to ISO 13485:2003 Quality Management Standard for Medical Devices in addition to our recent recertification of ISO 9001:2008.

Recognised around the world, the ISO 13485:2003 registration is based on eight quality management principles. These include: customer focus, leadership, involvement of people, process approach, system approach to management, continual improvement, fact-based decision-making and mutually beneficial supplier relationships.

The certification of the Company’s compliance with ISO 13485:2003 recognizes the policies, practices and procedures of our firm to ensure consistent quality in the products provided to our customers. With this certification, our medical and non-medical clients can be confident that Timestrip is dedicated to maintaining the highest efficiency and responsiveness achieving our ultimate goal – Guaranteed Customer Satisfaction.

Timestrip is certified as meeting the requirements of ISO:13485 for the following activities: DEVELOPMENT AND MANUFACTURING OF SMART LABELS FOR MEDICAL USE.

To maintain our certification, Timestrip will perform annual audits to ensure compliance and to assess initiatives for continued improvement. Our customers can be confident that Timestrip will continue to provide the high quality services they have come to expect well into the future.

We believe that our decision to become ISO 13485 Certified is a proactive one that not only anticipates the demands of our customers, but also demonstrates our commitment to providing quality services to all our customers in the medical industry. We strongly believe augmenting our certification offers our customers a “Best-in-Class” choice for smart labels.

The accreditation also supports our work in pharmaceutical categories, where a range of Timestrip products are used to identify temperature breaches in highly regulated cold chain environments. We are helping to protect patients and prevent unnecessary wastage of many drugs, vaccines and blood products, where the 2-8°C/46°F storage range is critical to so many products.

BT10 activationTimestrip indicators are leading the market in the provision of low-cost temperature indicators, as demonstrated by our blood bag temperature monitoring labels. In 2013 we launched the Timestrip Blood Temp 10 indicator, in response to the need to reduce wastage of precious blood stocks, discarded through uncertainty around temperature breaches incurred when bags are in use and removed from carefully controlled refrigeration storage units in blood banks.

Belgian Red Cross-Flanders logoIn 2014, Timestrip UK Ltd announced it is working with Belgian Red Cross-Flanders to develop new blood temperature monitoring labels with a product development program looking to create optimal temperature  monitoring labels for the blood collection, distribution and transfusion organisations operating within the Flanders catchment area.

Temperature monitoring labels based on the existing Timestrip Blood Temp 10 product are now being developed and reviewed in consultation with Belgian Red Cross-Flanders.

Gates Foundation Vaccine Reminder BandAlso in 2014 we were proud to be the technology of choice for an innovative new product created to provide a wearable, low-cost vaccination reminder product for new-born children.

Bill & Melinda Gates FoundationThe Bill Gates Foundation funded Vaccine Reminder Band is currently undergoing field trials in Pakistan. Timestrip has a long history of innovation in the medical device sector and we now provide a range of products which act as invaluable visual aids to doctors, patients and healthcare workers.

Timestrip Plus activation

For example in the UK, a number of NHS dispensing pharmacies are already using Timestrip® PLUS to monitor the cold chain for temperature-sensitive drugs such as Neulasta® and Total Paternal Nutrition (‘TPN’) products.

Timestrip is committed to quality assurance processes and procedures and we see the ISO 13485:2003 Quality Management Standard for Medical Devices accreditation as a natural progression of our work in the specialist markets in which we aim to excel.

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Clinical Innovations Rom Plus

Clinical Innovations Rom Plus™ Fetal Membranes Rupture Test with Timestrip®

With an accurate diagnosis of PROM (premature rupture of membranes),  patients can receive interventions to minimize the risk of complications.

ROM Plus™ is a self-contained test  designed by Clinical Innovations that comes packaged for use in either a POC (point-of-care) setting or in the lab. The cassette has a built-in twenty minute time monitoring Timestrip® indicator and lateral flow test strip as well as a patient ID field.

The video below shows how the built in Timestrip® time indicator measures the length of time elapsed between the beginning of the test until the time the results can be read.

The results manifest within 5-20 minutes. 5, 10 and 20 minutes are clearly marked on the Timestrip®, allowing for clinicians to have a clear visual indication of when results are ready.

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