According to Ann Parr, M.D. Ph.D., a co-author of the study and University of Minnesota Medical School Assistant Professor in the Department of Neurosurgery and Stem Cell Institute, “This is an inspiring first step in developing a treatment to help people with spinal cord injuries. Currently, there aren’t any precise treatments for those with long-term spinal cord injuries.”
Multiply Labs makes robots that print customized pills. A customer can select minerals, vitamins, or other compounds (caffeine, for instance) and specify dosages and release times. This allows you to design a personalized capsule. A two-week supply is delivered to you. You can update your capsule as your needs change.
According to their website, their technology allows supplements to be released in your body at different times throughout the day, optimizing the supplements’ absorption through a dissolution process. The capsule is made up of two 3D printed compartments of varying thicknesses. The “sooner release” corresponds to the compartment with the thinner wall, while the “later release” corresponds to the compartment with the thicker wall. This technology uses knowledge of both robotics and pharmaceuticals.
Y Combinator, a startup incubator, has approached Multiply Labs to join it. Multiply Labs has four co-founders, all in their 20s, Parietti (CEO), Tiffany Kuo MBA ’16 (head of marketing and operations), MBA candidate Joe Wilson (head of product), and Alice Melocchi (CTO).
According to Kuo, “We took these ourselves when we first presented before Y Combinator. We equipped them with vitamins and a late-afternoon release of caffeine, to keep us at our best. And, hey, it worked.¨
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