Closer Look: How One Atlanta Startup Plans to Tackle the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

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Closer Look: How One Atlanta Startup Plans to Tackle the Nation’s Opioid Crisis

This week Closer Look launched a new series highlighting local startups that are trying to address social, economic and health issues.

We kick-off the series with the Atlanta-based startup, Intent Solutions, which has created a device, TAD, to help curb the opioid epidemic.

The company’s founder, and former Georgia state senator, Sam Zamarripa explains how patients and doctors can use the TAD device, which stands for “take as directed” to monitor prescription medication intake.

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Intent Solutions Advances Adherence In Clinical Trials And Chronic Pain Management

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Intent Solutions Advances Adherence In Clinical Trials And Chronic Pain Management

Intent Solutions has developed an innovative technology and data solution designed to improve adherence in pharmaceutical clinical trials, chronic pain management, and specialty pharmacy. Today the company is poised to take on the final frontier of medication compliance, making sure the right patient takes the right dose at the right time. Central to this ambition is the company’s portable medication dispenser aptly named, tad™, for “Take as Directed.” We talked with the CEO of Intent Solutions, Sam Zamarripa to get some insight into their plans for 2018.

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This MedTech Device Company Could Take On the Opioid Epidemic

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This MedTech Device Company Could Take On the Opioid Epidemic

Medication adherence is a serious issue for care providers — especially in light of recent statistics that show drug overdoses deaths are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., surpassing automobile accidents, guns, and HIV. It’s important for doctors to track the prescriptions they’re doling out, especially of potentially-addictive medications like painkillers.

One Atlanta startup is helping healthcare providers maintain control over prescriptions by bringing smart connections to prescriptions. Intent Solutions, a company in the Advanced Technology Development Center (ATDC) portfolio, is tackling the market with a cloud-connected device that dispenses prescriptions only in certain amounts and at certain times.

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Atlanta-based company with device to fight opioid overdoses

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Atlanta-based company with device to fight opioid overdoses

Posted: 2:02 p.m. Monday, October 16, 2017

An Atlanta-based start-up is preparing to launch a business aimed at providing dispensing devices that make it harder for patients to overuse opioid painkillers.

Intent Solutions will begin selling its TAD – “Take as Directed” – device in December, officials said.

The product is a response to a widespread, national crisis that some argue was sparked by over-enthusiastic marketing and prescribing of opioid medicines.

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INTENT SOLUTIONS HIRES CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, Paul Quiner

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INTENT SOLUTIONS HIRES CHIEF STRATEGY OFFICER, Paul Quiner

ATLANTA (August 30, 2017) – Intent Solutions™, creator of the breakthrough medical device technology tad™, is excited to announce the addition of its new Chief Strategy Officer, Paul Quiner. Paul has spent his career in healthcare both from product and service perspectives. “Paul brings extensive experience in business including strategy, mergers and acquisitions experience,” said Sam Zamarripa, CEO. “In addition we believe that Paul’s legal training will give him a unique perspective on our regulatory issues at both the state and federal level.”

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INTENT SOLUTIONS™ HIRES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Ward Broom Will Oversee Strategy to Bring TAD™ to the Commercial Market

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INTENT SOLUTIONS™ HIRES CHIEF OPERATING OFFICER Ward Broom Will Oversee Strategy to Bring TAD™ to the Commercial Market

ATLANTA (June 23, 2017) – Intent Solutions™, creator of the breakthrough medical device technology TAD™, is excited to announce the addition of its new Chief Operating Officer, Ward Broom.  With a background of co-founding a healthcare business, Broom’s experience includes taking a product from development to an exit.  Broom has two degrees from the Georgia Institute of Technology and is currently completing his MBA there with a focus in management of technology, getting up to speed with the latest practices in business management. 

“I was originally drawn to the Intent Solutions team because of their leadership and passion for the product,” said Broom.  “TAD is poised for commercialization, and I enjoy the start up community and challenges that it presents.  The idea of taking another healthcare product that has the potential to benefit the community and medical research field and helping to commercialize and make it a reality is very exciting.”

TAD, for “Take As Directed,” is a smart, mobile, medication dispenser that helps patients obtain better health outcomes by helping the right patient take the right dose at the right time. 

At Intent Solutions, Broom will develop the operational strategies for the organization as it gains customers and ramps up for growth.  Focusing on the internal processes including customer interfacing, implementations, and product management, Broom will be an asset for Intent Solutions as it moves forward into a new phase of growth. 

For more information, visit www.IntentSolutions.com

or contact sam@intentsolutions.com

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Intent Solutions Interviews Jacob Levenson

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Intent Solutions Interviews Jacob Levenson

Last week we had a great opportunity to interview Jacob Levenson, CEO of Map Health Management, of Austin, Texas.  We focused our conversation on the importance of technology and data in population health---understanding where we are coming from and where we’re are going with this sea of data!

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Going to HIMSS '17 in Orlando?

Going to HIMSS '17 in Orlando? On Monday February 20th, Tyler McCrary will be at MAP Health Management's booth, 6744. Come by to see a demonstration of TAD and hear about our partnership with MAP Health.  

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ANNOUNCEMENT: MAP Announces Partnership with Intent Solutions to Assess Medication Compliance in Patients with Addiction

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ANNOUNCEMENT: MAP Announces Partnership with Intent Solutions to Assess Medication Compliance in Patients with Addiction

MAP ANNOUNCES PARTNERSHIP WITH INTENT SOLUTIONS TO ASSESS MEDICATION COMPLIANCE IN PATIENTS WITH ADDICTION

MAP Health Management, LLC., announced today a partnership with Intent Solutions designed to track adherence to medication protocols for patients with a Substance Use Disorder diagnosis who are served by MAP’s patient engagement technology. Intent Solutions is the creator of the TAD™, a biometric pill dispensation device that can track in real-time who has or has not taken their medication.

The partnership will launch with a pilot program as early as March of this year wherein a number of patients whose risk for relapse is continuously measured by MAP’s technology will be provided a TAD™ device.  The device will send real-time data to MAP’s platform when a patient takes their medication, or fails to do so. With this information, MAP can inform the appropriate members of collaborative care networks if a patient is overusing their medication, or failing to take their medication at all. This information is then leveraged to improve clinical outcomes and manage financial risk through facilitating early interventions and other modes of mitigating recidivism and costly treatment episodes.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions Announces New Advisory Board Member-- David Gastfriend

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions Announces New Advisory Board Member-- David Gastfriend

INTENT SOLUTIONS™ ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER

David R. Gastfriend, M.D. to Bring Pharma-Tech Knowledge

ATLANTA (January 17, 2017) – Intent Solutions™, creator of the breakthrough medical device technology TAD™, is excited to announce the appointment of David R. Gastfriend, M.D., chief architect of CONTINUUM, the American Society of Addiction Medicine’s standardized treatment software, to its Advisory Board. Gastfriend brings a vast wealth of pharma-tech experience from his work at Alkermes, Inc., where he supported gaining FDA approval of VIVITROL® for the treatment of alcohol and opioid dependence. Most recently, Gastfriend co-founded DynamiCare Health, Inc., a technology start-up that focuses on incentivizing patients for compliance on treatmentsAs a clinical scientist in addiction, he will assist in helping Intent Solutions optimize TAD for improving patient adherence, as well as advise the company on leveraging the various stakeholders in the healthcare system to achieve change and improvements in patient outcomes. 

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World Pharma: Clinical Trials Insight Features Intent Solutions in Winter Issue

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World Pharma: Clinical Trials Insight Features Intent Solutions in Winter Issue

Clinical Trials Insight: "Adherence Data Gets Smart"

The very definition of is on the brink of change because of new technologies, sensors and real-time data. Intent Solutions is a part of a major shift in the digital health economy where the ability to monitor and stream vast sets of new, real-time data in clinical research and health delivery will reveal how and when people take medications. 

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Home Health Technology News-- Intent Solutions Article Featured

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Home Health Technology News-- Intent Solutions Article Featured

Intent Solutions Looks to Expand Market

DECEMBER 6, 2016 BY KATHY DION

ATLANTA – With $1.5 million in new funding on the books, Intent Solutions aims to expand the market for its TAD smart medication dispenser technology.

TAD has been attracting attention from big specialty pharmaceutical companies recently and Sam Zamarripa, president/director of Intent Solutions, hopes to work with them on clinical research to expand the market for the device.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Capital

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions Raises $1.5 Million in Seed Capital

INTENT SOLUTIONS™ RAISES $1.5 MILLION IN SEED CAPITAL
Announces first equity round of financing to drive growth in 2017

 

ATLANTA (November 11, 2016) – Intent Solutions™, creator of the breakthrough medical device technology TAD™, announced today that is has successfully completed a seed round of funding of $1.5 million.  

TAD, for “Take As Directed,” is a smart, mobile, medication dispenser that helps patients obtain better health outcomes by helping the right patient take the right dose at the right time. TAD, which can be programmed to a specific regimen and schedule, incorporates biometric access and is fully tamper resistant.  The medication dispenser also records adherence data, which is sent to a cloud database for analysis, reducing errors and simplifying data reconciliation for clinical trials.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions™ Welcomes New Advisory Board Member-- Chris Hassan

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions™ Welcomes New Advisory Board Member-- Chris Hassan

INTENT SOLUTIONS™ ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Chris Hassan to Bring Vast Patient Care and Treatment Knowledge

ATLANTA (October 19, 2016) – Intent Solutions™, creator of the breakthrough medical device technology TAD™, is excited to announce the appointment of Chris Hassan, previous CEO at Colonial Management Group, LP, to its Advisory Board. Hassan brings a vast wealth of knowledge from his years overseeing the treatment and medication of tens of thousands of patients with opioid use disorder at Colonial Management Group, LP. Moreover, Hassan has been on the front edge of drug development for major pharmaceuticals including Depot Naltrexone, as well as the commercial introduction of Buprenorphine in the US, which is now the standard of care in office based opioid treatment. As an expert on drug abuse science, he will advise Intent Solutions on issues including TADs ability to help treat opioid use disorder.

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions™ Welcomes New Advisory Board Member-- Barbara Tardiff

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ANNOUNCEMENT: Intent Solutions™ Welcomes New Advisory Board Member-- Barbara Tardiff

INTENT SOLUTIONS™ ANNOUNCES NEW ADVISORY BOARD MEMBER
Barbara Tardiff to Bring Clinical Practice and Research Operations Knowledge

ATLANTA (November 4, 2016) – Intent Solutions™, creator of the breakthrough medical device technology TAD™, is excited to announce the appointment of Barbara Tardiff, M.D., former vice president, development operations, worldwide head, clinical informatics and innovation at Pfizer, to its Advisory Board. Dr. Tardiff brings a wealth of knowledge from her two decades of clinical practice and experience as a clinical investigator.  Over the course of her career she has participated in a broad range of scientific and operational activities related to medical product development, including protocol design, data management, information systems, and interpretation and presentation of study findings.  Dr. Tardiff has extensive operational experience in conducting clinical research in collaboration with many of the world’s major pharmaceutical firms.  She will advise Intent Solutions on issues including product features and capabilities to ensure it addresses drug development and clinical practice needs.

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World Pharma: Clinical Trials Insight Interviews Intent Solutions President Sam Zamarripa

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World Pharma: Clinical Trials Insight Interviews Intent Solutions President Sam Zamarripa

"Adherence to medication is vital to the accuracy of clinical trials, but reporting missed pills is often left to patients. Now, a smart portable drug dispenser has been developed that not only prompts timely administration, but also feeds back to doctors and trial managers as to when and why the regimen was disrupted. Clinical Trials Insight speaks to the president of Intent Solutions, Sam Zamarripa, to find out more." - Clinical Trials Insight (Vol. 1, Issue 2016)

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Health Connect South Radio on Midtown Business RadioX Spotlights Intent Solutions and NFANT Labs

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Health Connect South Radio on Midtown Business RadioX Spotlights Intent Solutions and NFANT Labs

ATLANTA, GA–(Marketwired – October 26, 2015) – On October 16, 2015, Health Connect South Radio welcomed to the studio Lou Malice and Sam Zamarippa with Intent Solutions, and Tommy Cunningham with NFANT Labs. Host CW Hall led a roundtable discussion with these two Atlanta area health technology companies.

Intent Solutions is a start-up that is developing a device aimed at improving compliance with prescribed medication regimens, as well as helping to improve the likelihood the intended person has access to the medicine. In its early phase of development, Intent Solutions has positioned itself to be an effective tool for pharmaceutical research studies. In these studies, it is vital that participants adhere to the prescribed medication regimen in order to obtain the most effective and accurate test results.

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Medical Marvels: Thoughts Move Once Paralyzed Limbs; Rx Bottles Prevent Drug Abuse

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Medical Marvels: Thoughts Move Once Paralyzed Limbs; Rx Bottles Prevent Drug Abuse

Matt O'Connor

"The Future of Rx Bottles; End of Opioid Crisis?

What if a patient could only access their pills during the time their doctor directed, and received only the exact dosage? The device, TAD, “take as directed” is looking to put a tighter cap on prescription abuse.

The pill bottle of the future, developed by Intent Solutions, pictured left, houses a portable dispenser that contains a disposable vial attached to a pre-programmed reusable electronic device, according to a Palm Beach Post report..."

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