Our Personal Motivation

Dick Crawford, CEO and Co-founder

When I first met Dr. Modi I was impressed with his profound ‘out of the box’ inventiveness. He is brilliant. I decided to join him in helping create a company to bring his micro-needle invention to the market. Since then, we have navigated the minefields presented to a new and brilliantly innovative company in the pharmaceutical and regulatory industry.

During the development of bringing our device up to world regulatory standards, I saw its potential to help prevent and control many chronic diseases in the world. The PKA SoftTouch Micro-Needle could increase the inoculation rate in underserved world populations, thus saving lives and improving health. Currently, organizations such as Doctors Without Borders or the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation send medical professionals into these communities with vials and syringes. 

Given that our device is a painless, single-shot, pre-measured dose, the dispensing of drugs to people in remote regions is made vastly easier — easier to innoculate people and to prevent dosage errors by the colour-coded caps. Further, disposal of the used device would be easier and safer since the device doesn’t require safe needle containment, only common waste.  

In light of recent events, these unique features of our technology could also be critical in providing a single-shot, pre-dosed COVID-19 vaccine in mass quantities, rapidly and to large populations across the globe.  

No needle is seen by the patient (thus eliminating needle phobia) and there is no pain upon injection (children and elderly would be easily inoculated). Sharps disposal is eliminated, and secondary re-use is avoided. The pre-loaded, single shot is dispensed and then thrown in the garbage with no sharps danger to anyone.

Part of my personal motivation was to help people in underserved areas, living in Africa and Asia. It is my personal dream, helped by the power of Dr. Modi’s inventiveness, to see this company succeed and have the micro-needle available by 2021.

Dr. Pankaj Modi, Inventor and Co-founder

My name is Dr. Pankaj Modi and I invented the Micro-Needle. I am also a diabetic and have been since I was diagnosed at the age of 16.

I created the Micro-Needle because I was devastated by the way my diabetes restricted my adolescent years, and also by my painful daily injections of insulin. I vowed then to make it my life’s mission to find another way to inject insulin into people like me, making it a painless and easy process. 

Throughout my life, I have studied extensively. I hold an Internal Medicine specialization in endocrinology and pain management, a Ph.D. in biotechnology-biochemistry –photobiology, a BSc in chemical engineering and over 280 patents worldwide. But the MicroNeedle is my first priority. It has the potential to change and save lives in a pain-free, simple manner – particularly in the current global pandemic.

The world needs this device and this PKA team has the right people to make it happen. 

Brian Mckinley, Director of Marketing 

My years working with IV therapists and medical professionals highlighted the need to deal with needle stick injuries and dosage errors.

I’m driven to provide these groups and their patients with a painless, more rapid delivery system that also addresses these two issues.

Larry Smoot, Business Coordinator

While caring for my father over the last six weeks of life, I had to administer his insulin injections. It was a crash course in giving injections with a syringe and vial of insulin. It was an added strain to an already stressful time.

When I learned of the PKA SoftTouch device, I instantly wished it would have been available for my father.

It’s my wish that no other person would have to know the anguish of being the cause of pain to a loved one in such difficult times.  

PKA SoftTouch Corp. is a leading-edge research and development company that has created a unique, proprietary device; the PKA SoftTouch Micro-Needle. This revolutionary device will replace the outdated syringe in drug applications for the pharmaceutical, healthcare and veterinary industries by offering pain-free medication and vaccine delivery. Equity in PKA SoftTouch is now available https://www.frontfundr.com/Company/PKA

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