Hi, my name is Jim Sweet. I am a recent grad passionate about allergy awareness, education, and safety. I was impassioned by a close friend who is highly allergic to garlic, and almost always forgets to carry his epinephrine auto injector with him. In a number of circumstances sheer luck has kept him from moments of life threatening danger.
After doing some research, I found that there are over 200,000 emergency visits a year due to food induced anaphylaxis. According to a 2012 survey, up to two thirds of anaphylaxis patients don’t carry their recommended epinephrine auto injector with them. To me, these numbers were screaming out for a new solution and specifically one in the form of a resource that could be available to anyone.
I am the founder and CEO of AppiPen, a mobile app that allows users to locate and alert a network of epi auto-injector carriers in their vicinity in the event of an anaphylactic emergency. People all over the country have signed up to download AppiPen and you should too! It’s free and will be released in the app stores before the end of May. Lets build a safer and more connected community!
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