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Smart label firm registers interest


A pioneering drug label technology firm has experienced “unprecedented” levels of interest from pharmaceutical companies.

Timestrip, based in Hitchin, UK, makes disposable “smart” labels that show how long a product’s packaging has been open or the product has been in use.

Rather than just using an expiry date, the labels give patients, doctors and pharmacists information on temperature levels, allowing them to see if the contents are safe to use.

The labels — themselves called Timestrips — can also incorporate anticounterfeiting features to ensure products’ authenticity.

Timestrips can also prompt nurses and patients about when repeat doses are needed or when procedures such as dressing changes should be administered.

The firm also revealed it has a “strong sales pipeline” as it unveiled details of a new contract with a US firm worth £1.5m over the next three years.

The deal involves integrating Timestrips into a “market-leading product that is currently used in millions of homes across the world”.

But the company remains tight-lipped over the nature of the agreement, as there are confidentiality restrictions on the customer’s details.

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