When Mike Wilkinson was attending a boat show, he made sure to book a hotel room with a refrigerator. Wilkinson is a type 2 diabetic, and he needed to keep his insulin cool to preserve it. But when he arrived at the hotel, all the refrigerator rooms were taken – forcing him to spend the rest of the trip worrying if his insulin was overheating.
Situations like this are routine for diabetics, who constantly have to keep their insulin cool even on the go. Most resort to heavy coolers or ice packs, which aren’t reliable, or large insulin cases.
Searching for a better solution, Wilkinson founded Kewl Innovations and created ClimaPak, a high-tech container that monitors and controls insulin temperature. It’s designed to be portable – less than 2 pounds in weight and only 8 inches high – and the battery charge lasts for 3-5 days. The Dallas startup hopes to offer diabetics freedom of movement, freedom from worry, and the more active lifestyle they need:
“Insulin makes the body store more fat, requiring more activity to burn that fat. If you are chained to a refrigerator, it’s difficult to take the steps you need to combat this unpopular side effect,” explains community engagement specialist Shayne O’Sullivan.
With funding from the Houston Angel Network, ClimaPak will be available around late summer 2012, but you can meet the team at our Tech Cocktail Dallas mixer tonight.