Not many 10 year olds are inventing medical devices…

Not many 10 year olds are inventing medical devices… 19 April 2017

Not many 10 year olds are inventing medical devices, much less attracting international attention for it. Bridgette Veneris is no ordinary 10 year old. Bridgette is the inspiration for the ABC’s headline Melbourne girl NASA-bound after creating bandage dispenser while undergoing chemotherapy.

Whilst battling leukaemia, Bridgette has had hundreds needles to draw blood samples and to inject an assortment of drugs. Each time the site of the injection is suitably dressed, typically with an adhesive bandage such as those sold under the BAND-AID trade mark.

To most of us, applying an adhesive bandages is pretty mundane. We’ve all torn open the little paper envelope, peeled back the backing strips, applied the bandage and then retrieved and disposed of the waste envelope and backing strips.

Whilst to most of us applying a bandage is mundane, Bridgette has noticed that it actually takes a lot of time. Indeed Bridgette has noticed that there are medical professionals out there charged with helping Bridgette and others like her, who end up spending a significant proportion of their days fiddling with envelopes and backing strips, etc.

Bridgette has not only noticed but has done something about it … and the bandage dispenser is born. Bridgette’s dispenser promises to reduce the time it takes to apply a bandage to give the medical professionals some of their time back and to make things just a little easier for the rest of us. We can’t reveal the details of the dispenser just yet, but we can tell you that it is exciting. Watch this space.

We are proud to support Bridgette in guarding her dispenser against imitators. A patent application is in train and we are privileged to be a part of the team bringing this great idea to fruition.

Authored by

Ben Mott Patent Attorney & Mechanical Engineer Ben Mott

Mechanical Engineer & Patent Attorney