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MIND (Mini, Intelligent & Nearby Dispenser)

MIND (Mini, Intelligent & Nearby Dispenser)

Applicant: Eng. Tareq Makhalfe; Co-applicant: Nada Khatib


  "M.I.N.D." is a full automatic dispenser where “MIND” and its follow up services will be part of the solution for Medication Non-adherence.

The elderly often have multiple disease states and/or chronic conditions and approximately around 12% of them, ages of 65 & older, take more than 10 medications per week.   Nearly 67% of all elderly patients fail to follow important dosage instructions for their medications.

As a result around 194,500 deaths per year are reported in the EU due to missed doses and non-adherence of prescribed medication, also it is estimated that 125,000 lives could be saved annually with better medication compliance in the USA. IMS institute for healthcare informatics finds that about 8% of total healthcare expenditure or about 500Bn USD per year globally can be avoided with optimized use of medicines.

On the other hand in the USA 30% of hospital admissions over age 65 are directly related to non-adherence of medication regimens.

Studies have shown as much as a 79% reduction in hospitalization rate per patient when using a technology-enabled dispensing service over simple medication boxes.  “MIND”’s mission is to give patients the opportunity to have a better, longer and healthier lives by using it. It will let patients take their medications in the right way,  at the right time, with the right dose, and at any place .Our target market is patients aged 65 and above in the EU and the USA.

“MIND” faces competition in the medication compliance market from reminder devices, automated medication dispensers and compliance services. The closest competitor to be considered is a similar product in the automated medication dispenser and compliance service market. Its weaknesses are size, method of filling, and its lack of having a portable device to be used outside home.

“M.I.N.D.” is in the last step of the proof of concept development stage, and it is expected that the working prototype will be launch at the beginning of October 2016.

MIND dispenser can:

· Dispense the dose automatically .

· Give Alert when time occurs.

· Send SMS to Relatives when doses missed.


In addition to that there is a mobile application to keep patients' relatives updated about their relative’s adherence status.

MIND improves the capacity, reliability, and portability compared to other similar devices.

· Capacity &Size : taking as much as 23 different medications without affecting the size

· Reliability: using “By- Medicine” method to fill (Fill every cartridge with one type of medications) and has a sufficient way to hold missed doses.

· Portability: adding a small portable dispenser to be carried by the patient outside or inside home.

By using “MIND” & its services we will;

· Help the elderly to become more independent.

· Reduce the hospital admissions.

· Reduce the burden of medication non-adherence on economies.

· Help care givers & pharmacies serving their customers in the most reliable & easy way.



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Assessment the impact of various control programs used in controlling pests that infested date palm under field condition on the quality and quantity of the yield

Assessment the impact of various control programs used in controlling pests that infested date palm under field condition on the quality and quantity of the yield.

Applicant: Eng. Basil Obeidat, Co-applicant: Dr. Muna mashal


The overall objective of the project is to evaluate the impact of three main control measures which used to control pests of date palm to increase the quality and quantity of the yield. To assess the impact of conventional integrated pest management (IPM) and organic cultural methods on controlling pest that infested date palm, several activities have been conducted: The first activity was to detect the reasons behind the high losses of date palm during the early transplants age, 150 Medjool date palm seedlings were transplants in August 2015 on three plots to represent the three treatments (conventional, IPM, and organic). During date palm season a weekly monitoring for infestation and intensity of infected insect and diseases was conducted, in order to collect data needed to evaluate the used control measurement. The second activity was in Commercial farms (10-15 and 0-3 year’s old farms) to evaluate the impact of the conventional, organic and IPM methods used by the farmers. The third activity conducted in a farm that has old palm date trees where farmers used a specific instruction procedures; a monitoring and evaluation program was set for all processes from the preparation till the harvesting date. The last activity was school field days, which aimed to train technicians on IPM and organic cultural practices needed to manage date palm farms, twenty five students of the agricultural-vocational school in Jordan valley were trained through fourteen lectures and fourteen field days. They were trained on practical techniques and received all the needed knowledge to work in date palm as a technician starting from establishing the farm, planting and irrigation system installation to harvesting.


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