About the Innovator

IHP (Innovations for High Performance Microelectronics) is a leading research institute for SiGe technologies with more than 150 scientists. It investigates and develops silicon-based systems, RF circuits and technologies for wireless applications in communication, aerospace, biotechnology & medicine, automotive, security and automation. With its state of the art foundry plant, IHP produces ICs (Integrated Circuits) and wireless sensor systems for its research projects and offers research and prototyping services for partners from academia and industry.

What is the innovation

IHP is developing a smart adapter that can be used with most commercially available inhalers for asthma patients. It monitors all relevant insights needed for assessing adherence to the patient’s care plan and medication. The device determines proper medication intake (shaking, position, actuation) and tracks time and place of inhaler use as well as environmental triggers (e.g. temperature, humidity, and particulate matters). Recorded data are wirelessly transferred to a smartphone, then forwarded to an online health record to continuously improve the treatment. A first working version (TRL 4) has already been demonstrated in laboratory environment. This work has been undertaken as part of the Horizon 2020 project MyAirCoach.

A group picture of the team of innovators

Out of the lab – Into the Market

Starting in 2017, 50 patients (in three hospitals, in Leiden, London and Manchester) will use the device for a first short study for about 3 to 6 months. The results will be used to further improve and adapt functionality of the smart adapter. In the next step, it will be developed further from TRL 4 (now) to TRL 7 or higher. Advancement from a demonstrator to a product prototype will then be undertaken (by IHP Solutions GmbH, a 100% subsidiary of IHP). For such purposes, IHP will provide licenses and offer key personnel to IHP Solutions GmbH for their work on transferring the research results to the market.

Benefits of participation in the Framework Programme

Horizon 2020 enables us to develop the smart adapter as the first real world example of our strategic goal to combine secure IoT technologies with mHealth services.