Design for Flies
Design for Flies offers new possibilities for research into rare illness. It is often not cost-effective for pharmaceutical companies to develop medicines for them. This is a real problem for patients and calls their healing process to a halt. With this toolkit it is possible to transfer the research to the patients. Using fruit flies as ‘Guinee pigs’ large-scale tests can be performed that are adapted to the personal characteristics of the patient.
A designer as a catalyser for an entirely new approach to pharmaceutical research: that is impressive. Kolkman worked with renowned scientific institutes, but also involved patients in the research, to the advantage of all parties. Design for Flies breaks open a field and accelerates research methods. Although it is still in a preliminary phase, the committee sees a promising and pioneering project here that can effectuate great advances.
Kyoto Institute of Technology (Kyoto, JP). Professor Julia Cassim – Kyoto Design Lab (D-Lab) & Professor Masamitsu Yamaguchi – Faculty of Applied Biology / The Center for Advanced Insect Research (CAIR).
Dutch Design Awards finalist Service & Systems, 2016