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Each week, the UNC Eshelman School of Pharmacy will highlight the bold work of researchers who have received funding from the Eshelman Institute for Innovation (EII). The Eshelman Institute for Innovation is made possible by a $100 million gift from Fred Eshelman to accelerate the creation and development of ideas leading to discoveries and transformative changes in education, research and health care.

Innovators from left to right: Delesha Carpenter, William Zamboni, and Michael Daniele.

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Meet: Delesha Carpenter, William Zamboni and Michael Daniele

Project: Creating the First Non-Invasive Wearable Technology to Continuously Monitor and Improve Patient Medication Adherence

Funded Amount: $49,317

About project: Ingestible sensors and smart pills hold the potential to revolutionize how we measure and monitor patient medication adherence; however, the impact of these technologies has been limited by low patient acceptability and high costs. Our goal is to develop a new non-invasive technology that is low cost, acceptable to patients, and provides patients with personalized adherence information.

“EII funding provided critical resources to allow us to conduct proof of concept work that would not have been possible with traditional funding mechanisms,” Carpenter said.










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