Design for Health children’s award launches

TV presenter Dr Christian Jessen is launching an award intended to encourage children to become product designers. The award’s inaugural year will focus on syringe design.

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 Entries can also be posted to: Design for Health Award, 2c The Plough Brewery, 516 Wandsworth Road, London SW8 3JX.

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