The Design for Health award will be judged by the Royal College of Art and biopharmaceuticals company Merck Serono, among others. Entrants in the under-13 and under-18 categories are being asked to submit illustrations of their injection devices, explaining the functions they offer.
Winners in both categories will spend the day with a professional designer and attend an awards presentation day in London.
Jessen, who fronts the Channel 4 series Embarrassing Bodies and Supersize vs Superskinny, says, ‘Innovative design in healthcare can make a huge difference to the way people respond to treatment and manage their condition – especially for children who require injections every day.’
In recent years, the variety of injection devices has increased to include re-usable pens, needle-free devices, safety syringes and auto-injectors.
The deadline for entries is 30 September. Entries should be emailed along with name, date of birth, and contact details to firstname.lastname@example.org. Entries can also be posted to: Design for Health Award, 2c The Plough Brewery, 516 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 3JX.