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Exciting designs that allow families to spend less time worrying about their device adhesives and more time living their lives!
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Thank you for supporting! Here is my story: 

My name is Meghan Sharkus and I am a Freshman at the University of St.Thomas in St.Paul Minnesota. I've been volunteering my time to help families with chronic diseases for as long as I remember. I always admired families' strength and sympathized with their troubles. 

My personal background with diabetes is that my nanny when I was younger had Type 1 diabetes, and I was afraid of the "doctor shots" she had to give herself every day. In third grade, my friend Jessica was diagnosed and I was amazed by the pump she used to replace insulin injections. I thought all of her troubles would be solved with this new device but years later I conducted interviews and found out that even with new medical devices, problems still exist for families affected by diabetes.

Diabetes can be depressing to live with. In fact, 1-in-7 kids with type 1 diabetes also meet the clinical threshold for depression. While I've met many happy families with few problems, I’ve also met kids who have dropped out of sports because teammates make fun of their devices and adults who say they became shy 10 years ago when they were diagnosed and complain that their shyness still affects their job, their friendships and their happiness. Diabetes doesn’t limit their intellectual or physical capabilities, it is how their disease and devices are perceived. I believe we can change that.

I believe that with design they will be more confident with the visual aspect of their device and more confident and outgoing as a person. A change in personality like this at a young age could change someone's future for the better. I really want that for the kids that have depression. They should be able to enjoy their childhood and not be self conscious. For the kids and adults who are already confident with themselves, the designs are just an extra element of fun for their daily care routine.

Another issue ExpressionMed solves has to do with the physical adhesives. In my interviews I heard countless stories of infusion sets being pulled out when caught on chairs or door handles, and stories of dexcom monitors falling off in 3 days or failing after tape was replaced over and over. I had to find a tape that would stay for 7 days with no hassle.

I was very excited when I found the perfect tape and  a way I could make families lives simpler and more positive and that I could actually build it right here in Minnesota. 

As a company, Expressionmed values local, fair labor and environmental awareness. Our ink and waterproof coating are not solvent based which would be hazardous to produce and dispose of. Our packaging will be entirely recyclable and soon, made out of recycled material. 

I haven't figured out fulfillment completely yet, but I intend to hire people with mental disabilities who want to be employed but cannot find work elsewhere. 

With a project timeline of 60 days I am confident that I can have a printed product for you all ready by the day the project ends. It will take one or two weeks to ship because I have to survey you for design preferences, but I am confident the wait won't be any longer than that! 

Thank you once again for your interest and support, it means the world to me. 

If you have any questions, concern, or ideas, don't hesitate to email me: 

[email protected]

Jessica and I the year she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes
Jessica and I the year she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes

Risks and challenges

My product doesn't require any pre-market approval as it is a class 1 product under FDA regulations so I will be able to get the product to you as soon as possible.

I already have my manufacturing and packaging processes in place and just have to finalize fulfillment in the next 60 days.

Our manufacturers are ready for any amount of product so more backers will not make your product arrive to you any slower.

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