Design of the Year 2016
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NSP Tech Pte Ltd
Joseph Lum
Takahiro Kondo
Raymond Tang Peng Yew
Gandhi Thlaivan
Charlie Goenardi
Hendro Gunawan
Boris Aripin
Sooraj Gopinath
Paranthaman Kamalnath
Chandra Prabu
Alfred Lum
Packirisamy Senthamilselvan
Chan Pang Kian
Veron Ling

“ In the business

of design, the product

has to be relevant.

It has to be relevant

to the current market

and the expectations

of the end-users.”

SAFETiCET is a safety lancet designed primarily for pricking the finger for blood glucose sampling. Ordinarily, for safety reasons, the use of lancets is restricted to a hospital setting. However, SAFETiCET has made it easier and more convenient for diabetes patients and their caregivers to use lancets in a home environment.

Conventional lancets tend to be larger and more uncomfortable to use. They are also more prone to cross-contamination, and more dangerous to carry around and dispose of. SAFETiCET was designed to respond to these concerns.

With its patented contact-activated Rotational Trigger Mechanism, SAFETiCET minimises pain for users by reducing trigger force and vibration. The lancet is also intuitive and easy to use it is gently triggered by being pushed against the side of a finger. Self-deactivated after one use, it prevents injuries and cross-contamination, enhances hygiene and safety, and controls the spread of diseases by preventing reuse and ensuring safe disposal. Moreover, the variety of brightly-coloured plastic housings helps patients feel less intimidated by the prospect of pricking their fingers.

By reducing the pain and challenges of using lancets through such unique design features and packaging, SAFETiCET promotes regular self-testing amongst people of all ages and backgrounds, and ultimately aims to save lives. 


Joseph Lum developed his interest and skills in design and problem-solving when helping out at his father's locksmith stall in his teenage days. He built a sorting and assembly service to support a Japanese-owned factory by engaging a group of housewives in his neighbourhood. This was the start of NSP Tech, a plastic injection mould business that has evolved into an ISO-certified contract manufacturer that specialises in design and mould-making, injection moulding, and various secondary processes. Today, NSP is a leading manufacturer of innovative, safe and reliable disposable medical devices using state-of-the-art technology. In August, Joseph received the 2016 World IP Organization IP Enterprise Trophy and the 2016 IP Office Singapore Technology Patent Award. SAFETiCET, which he began developing in 2007, also received Unity Pharmacy's Most Popular Product Award in 2015 and 2016.


Driven by an empathy for medical patients who have to go through the painful experience of pricking their fingers to draw blood for sampling several times a day, SAFETiCET features an innovative rotational trigger mechanism that reduces vibrational force, thus drastically reducing trauma and pain.

The patented mechanism allows for a compactness of design, while maintaining good handling and ergonomics. The logical form and detailing of the lancet informs the user very clearly how the product should be used. Pragmatism and honesty are the main characteristics of the design as there is no unnecessary adornment. The lancets come in a bright colour-coded range to indicate the varying needle strengths. All these considerations combine to reduce the ordeal of daily blood sampling.

This is an example of a user-centric observation being successfully addressed by a clever application of a simple mechanical engineering principle.


Kang Thian Jian
Managing Director
Hyflux Ltd

The advent of technology and increasing affluence have changed lifestyles. We are now exposed to a greater variety of food choices and lead, arguably, more comfortable and, at times, more dormant lifestyles. As a result, there has been an increase in health problems such as cholesterol, diabetes, and high blood pressure.

It is increasingly critical that the diagnosis of common health problems is efficient, simple and accessible. Thankfully, this is possible with the rapid progression of medical technology. Blood sampling is one such self-diagnostic tool available to individuals. However, such tools are often painful to use, and hygiene is not necessarily guaranteed.

There is therefore a critical need for a simple and affordable lancet. NSP Tech's innovative, inventive and user-friendly solution miniaturises the traditional lancet trigger mechanism into an attractive, sleek and easy-to-use design. SAFETiCET employs a novel two-stop operated mechanism that is convenient, safe and smart. A V-shaped collar allows the protective cap to be simply twisted off. This mechanism is packed in a tube that is tiny compared to traditional devices. To prevent reuse and enforce hygiene, the lancet automatically retracts the used needle into the protective housing.

What's more, SAFETiCET is available in multiple grades to suit variable human skin and usage intent. The increases the utility of the device as it can be applied to different body parts, and used for different blood volumes and penetration depths, whilst controlling pain and tissue damage at varying sensitivity levels.

More significantly, the needle is not visible. Trypanophobia, or the fear of needles, affects between 20 and 33 percent of the adult population to such an extent that it causes them to avoid needed medical care. The new SAFETiCET means these sufferers will now be able to use the diagnostic tool without being impeded by their fear.

NSP Tech's invention has resulted in an affordable healthcare option whose benefits will extend beyond Singapore. With increasing health issues troubling millions, SAFETiCET is a genuine change-maker that will enable regular health monitoring, reduce discomfort, increase healing and promote a healthier lifestyle.