The founders of Pilloxa recognized the need to facilitate medication adherence during Clinical Innovation Fellowships; a joint venture program run by Royal Institute of Technology, Karolinska Institute and Stockholm County Council. In the clinical context, we really got to see what poor adherence could lead to: people coming into the emergency department with their medications in large grocery bags and surgeries being aborted due to wrongfully taking medication.
Contrary to common belief, we saw that the younger population was the group that struggled the most with taking their medication - and all the current solutions in the market were aimed towards an older generation. We wanted to invent something for the smartphone generation, solving all the underlying problems as to why people do not take their medication.
We have researched and verified the need through hundreds of interviews with patients, relatives, caregivers, pharmacists, researchers and patient organizations in addition to a thorough literature study.
On this basis, Pilloxa was founded in 2015 with the aim to create a patient-centric adherence platform that solves the problem from a holistic perspective by combining hardware, software and cloud services. Our first product, a smart pillbox with embedded sensors connected to a mobile app, has been used by patients since 2017.
In collaboration with some of the most prominent hospitals in Sweden, Pilloxa is now being used in several therapeutic areas where adherence is of utmost importance.
We at Pilloxa are convinced that detailed anonymous data on medication adherence will bring medical research to the next level. We are excited to drive the development in this field and are looking forward to creating a difference for the millions of patients that medicate daily.