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12 Oct 23

37 entries





New product design contest on Bormioli Pharma and Desall invite you to revolutionise current child-resistant closure systems for medication containers by leveraging the power of biometric recognition solutions.

Company description

At Bormioli Pharma, we design and manufacture pharmaceutical packaging systems that reach millions of patients worldwide every year. With 9 factories across Europe and over 1,400 dedicated employees, we proudly distribute our products to more than 100 countries.

We see ourselves as a “start-up” with over a century of experience, originating from a historic industrial background and becoming an independent company in 2017. This unique position allows us to be both stable and dynamic. In recent years, we have consistently invested in enhancing our production capabilities, acquiring new businesses, and, most importantly, driving growth through innovation.

Embracing this spirit, we have developed our own Open Innovation model, a system that promotes skill-sharing and external collaboration in our processes. We firmly believe that collaboration fuels change and that fresh ideas have the power to improve people’s lives.

The brief is available in the following languages:
- English
- Italian

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What we are looking for

Bormioli Pharma is seeking a new closure system to safeguard medications at home and limit their use exclusively to the prescribed patients. The so-called "child-resistant caps" (CRC) or “child-proof caps” effectively prevent medication packaging from being opened by children, thereby avoiding accidental ingestion of medicinal substances. Currently, CRC caps utilise a system that necessitates pushing the closure downwards while simultaneously rotating it anti-clockwise.

However, CRC caps exhibit several drawbacks: they pose difficulty for the elderly or those unable to exert sufficient force, are prone to tampering, and lack smart features. The integration of novel identity recognition technologies with Internet of Things (IoT) solutions could significantly revolutionise the approach to tackling this safety issue.


To ensure the proper development of your projects, please consider the following guidelines:

Product type
You are invited to submit innovative concepts, objects, shapes, and mechanisms for a CRC (Child-Resistant Closure) system for medication containers that incorporate advanced biometric recognition systems.

The closure system must ensure that the container cannot be opened, particularly by children, without proper activation of the electromechanical component associated with patient identification. Otherwise, the container will remain effectively tamper-proof.

The electromechanical component can either be integrated into the new closure system or housed within an accessory that can be mounted onto an existing closure (refer to the downloadable Material files. The entire system must be compatible with an existing Bormioli container (see the “Dimensions” section and the downloadable Material files.

The product should be easily portable and operable both via a smartphone app connected to the proposed solution and without the use of a smartphone.

The closure system may also track the number and timing of openings to provide information regarding the patient’s adherence to their medication regimen.

While optional, the design of an app to accompany the device is welcome (not required, but a nice-to-have feature).

Additional suggestions for enhancing the functionality of the closure system and app are also appreciated.

Target and usage
The product is intended for personal and independent use by patients and non-professional users in various daily routine contexts, such as home, work, and travel. It should also be suitable for individuals with disabilities (e.g., visual impairment or motor difficulties in limbs or hands). Therefore, inclusivity is crucial in selecting appropriate solutions.

Aesthetics and shapes
The product should feature a minimalistic and modern design, incorporating curved and gentle contours while avoiding sharp and angular forms.

Inspiration for the style can be drawn from sectors beyond medical, such as aerospace. The product should convey and ensure reliability, robustness, trust, safety, and ease of use.

For guidance on colour choices, refer to Bormioli Pharma’s corporate visual identity.

The company logo must be displayed on the product, and it can be found in the downloadable Material files.

The medication stored in this type of container, either in liquid or solid form (powder or pills), is typically marketed in containers of varying capacities (from 50 ml to 300 ml) and mouth sizes (28mm or 35mm). For this contest, the product’s size should be based on the 3D file provided in the downloadable Material files.

Production technologies and materials
The primary production method permitted for the dispenser is plastic injection moulding. The use of medical-grade rubber or silicone is allowed. All surfaces in contact with the medication must be made from plastic materials. Matte finishes are preferred, as they facilitate the handling of the opening mechanism.

Required materials

Detailed description
Up to 5 low-res images to effectively present your project

The project description and low-res images can be uploaded via the dedicated form in the Upload page. Images should be in 4:3 format, with .jpg, .gif or .png file formats acceptable. The colour mode should be RGB and the maximum size of a single file should be 1 MB.

Summary presentation of the product
User experience storyboard
High-resolution renders
● 3D files
● Operational details of the release system

The summary presentation and the other materials listed above should be attached in the Upload page as a .zip folder with a maximum size of 100MB.

Judging criteria
The entries will be evaluated based on the following criteria:

Innovation 5/5
Functionality / usability 5/5
Technical feasibility 5/5
Eco-friendliness 4/5
Aesthetic quality 4/5

English – Desall is an international community, so all texts (abstract, description, tags, etc.) must be written in English.

Contest Timeline
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Upload phase: 04 May 2023 – 02 August 2023 (1.59 PM UTC)
Concept review: 06 June 2023 (1.59 PM UTC)
Client vote: from 02 August 2023
Winner announcement: tentatively by the end of October 2023

Concept review (optional)
Participants have the opportunity to request an optional review of their project by the Desall team by the date indicated above. To do so, they must 1) save their project as a draft from the upload page and 2) send a request to the Desall team via email at or through the contact form. The review is not mandatory and only provides an opportunity for participants to receive feedback but does not constitute a necessary condition for participation or provide any advantage in the final evaluation by the Sponsor.

Participation criteria
Participation is free and open to creative talents of any nationality aged 18 or older. Participants may submit one or more projects, but only projects published on the website from the upload page dedicated to the contest will be accepted.

1°: €5000
The selection of winners will be the result of an indisputable evaluation by the Sponsor. Originality, feasibility, and coherence with the brief will be taken into consideration.

Extra Award (option right fee)
Throughout the duration of the option right, the Sponsor offers an additional opportunity to all participants by setting the compensation of €2500 for the purchase of the license for the economic exploitation of projects not recognized as winning proposals. For more information, log in and read the Contest Agreement from the upload page. For questions about the brief, use the “Have a question” button or write to


Since we are an international Community, all texts provided with your uploads (abstract, description, tags, etc.) should be written in English.

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Desall required files

Minimum 1 image, up to 5.
Recommended dimensions: 960 x 720px (player size) ; allowed format: .jpg , .gif , .png; color mode: RGB;
allowed resolution: 72 dpi ; max file (for each one) size: 1 mb.






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