Iconovo

Because every dose counts

Challenge

Designing inhalers that tells us exactly how to use them, how many doses that are left and if it was a successful inhalation is a tricky one. When designing medical products, one of many important things to consider is to make them intuitive and fail-proof to create safe prerequisites for the user, because every dose counts, and every dose must be delivered. Every single one.

Result

We have been working with Iconovo since their start in 2013 and have during our long-term collaboration been part of several projects, from an FDA approved product family that through good user experience offers the patients a safe medical experience, to have served as advisors regarding technical and mechanical solutions.

Challenge

Designing inhalers that tells us exactly how to use them, how many doses that are left and if it was a successful inhalation is a tricky one. When designing medical products, one of many important things to consider is to make them intuitive and fail-proof to create safe prerequisites for the user, because every dose counts, and every dose must be delivered. Every single one.

Approach

Result

We have been working with Iconovo since their start in 2013 and have during our long-term collaboration been part of several projects, from an FDA approved product family that through good user experience offers the patients a safe medical experience, to have served as advisors regarding technical and mechanical solutions.

 

Global products

Icovono is a well-established Swedish company that offers innovative and effective inhalation platforms for generic drug and pharmaceutical companies in the global market.


Through close dialogue with Iconovo and always with the end users as a starting point, we have designed inhalers available for customization for Iconovos costumers. By offering other medical companies to buy already developed inhalers, they can skip a long and expensive design process of their own, which in turn saves both time and resources. With our assistance, the costumers can (without compromising quality) customize shape, color and texture to achieve the perfect fit based on special needs or company branding. Below is an example of a customized ICOcap by one of Iconovos collaborators Stevanato Group and their blue and white asthma and COPD treatment inhaler.  

Image from Stevanato Group

It’s all UX

When designing medical products, the most important thing is to make it intuitive and fail-proof in order to create a safe product for the user. Every dose counts and every dose needs to be delivered. Every single one.


It’s our mission to make sure that the user immediately understands the correct way to use the inhaler, because the outcome of a mishandled inhaler is unrecoverable medicine. User studies and tests steer us in the right direction and are the basis for many of our decisions, not only touching form, but also the ability to help our customer with strategic business decisions.

With all senses - shape, touch and graphic design we have achieved an intuitive experience for the user, while having in mind the advanced and long process to put medical devices into production.

It can take up to eight years due to requirement approvals, so we always put effort into achieving a modern yet timeless design expression. This is where we also benefit from our user interviews, because with extensive user insights you will always have a backlog of data to make well-rooted decisions.



Active collaboration with Zenit over the years have helped establish Iconovo as a globally recognized provider of high quality inhalation products. It’s all about having a great customer offer and design is important. Smart Nordic industrial design becomes a tangible differentiating feature that gives us that extra needed edge.

- JOHAN WÄBORG, CEO ICONOVO


ICOone - Covid-19 vaccine inhaler

ICOone is ideal for short-term treatments that only require a few doses for full effect. This quality is one of the reasons why ISR (Immune System Regulation) signed a deal with Iconovo to use ICOone

for vaccination purposes, including vaccine for Covid-19. The pros of having vaccines in powder form instead of liquid form are many. To distribute a vaccine through ICOone eliminates the demand of having medically trained staff, use a syringe and needle, handle the needle after use, cold chain, cold storage and more. We are so excited to follow this exciting cooperation. Learn more about it here (tv4) and here (DI).

Iconovo Product Family

The family

The product family is designed to complement each other. ICOone is a single dose inhaler, while ICOpre has a dose counter and contains 30 individually sealed doses for a month's supply. ICOres is designed for longer term treatment and is pre-filled with up to 180 doses also with a numerical dose counter. ICOcap is a super flexible inhalator with many advantages.


Our collaboration with Iconovo continues and we’re enjoying every step of the way.  

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Want to know more?
Get in touch with:
Carl Forslund
Design Strategist
+46 704 20 77 31
Want to know more?
Get in touch with:
Carl Forslund
Design Strategist
+46 704 20 77 31
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