Berkshire awarded $2 million to further develop opioid therapy device with finger, dental biometrics


Berkshire Biomedical has received funding to further develop its biometric home methadone delivery device.

Development of the technology is supported by a two-phase $2 million Fast-Track Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grant from the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), managed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH).

The Computerized Oral Prescription Administration (COPA) system delivers precise doses of screened or unscreened medications to authenticated users with their fingerprint biometrics and then back to the point of medication dispensing with dental recognition.

The company also raised $3 million to develop its multi-biometric device in early 2021.

Methadone is used in the treatment of opioid addiction, but can be dangerous if not administered correctly.

Only 15% of Fast-Track SBIR grant applicants were chosen in 2021, according to Berkshire chief executive John Timberlake.

“Before the COVID-19 outbreak, there was a serious unmet need to support patients with OUD,” says Timberlake. “There is now an even more critical need for a system capable of accurately and safely dispensing methadone for home use that incorporates real-time remote monitoring, as the pandemic has limited access to treatment programs methadone maintenance (MMT) in urban and rural areas. sections of the United States »

Berkshire intends to complete a set of improvements to its COPA, conduct testing, and then submit a De Novo request for review by the US Food and Drug Administration. De Novo is a journal for a new type of medical device.

SOBRsafe rewarded

SOBRsafe won an award for its SOBRcheck non-invasive alcohol screening technology, which uses fingerprint biometrics to confirm an individual’s identity.

The solution won the 2022 New Product of the Year award in the Safety Monitoring Devices category from Occupational Health & Safety publication.

The company also recently signed a US distribution deal with RecoveryTrek.

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alcohol detection | Berkshire Biomedical | biometrics | fingerprint biometrics | health care | identity verification | research and development | Safe safe | tooth recognition


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