Liverpool student brings award-winning invention to life
Young inventor Jorja Suga holding her award-winning smart safety glasses.
Budding inventor from Liverpool, Jorja Suga, is working to secure a patent for his latest award-winning invention, The EpinJect – a needleless epinephrine injection to treat anaphylaxis.
The EpinJect helps decrease the thousands of needle-related injuries that occur each year in the treatment of anaphylaxis by delivering a high-pressure stream of adrenaline directly to the person, which is effective within minutes.
Ms Suga, a ninth grade student at Clancy Catholic College in West Hoxton, said her needle-free solution meets the limitations of existing products on the market and is easy and safe to use, allowing anyone young or old to save a life.
The EpinJect won the 2020 Aussie Student Inventions competition in the junior high school category, hosted by educational resource platform ClickView in partnership with the producers of the Aussie Inventions That Changed The World TV show.
As part of the award, Ms. Suga received an exclusive mentoring opportunity that she is currently undertaking, as well as a cash prize of $ 3,000 to help bring her invention to life.
This follows Ms. Suga’s success in the littleBIGidea National Origin Energy 2019 competition, placing her among just three winners out of more than 1,000 entries for her Safety Smart Goggles invention. The goggles feature Bluetooth technology that alerts a supervisor if a young swimmer has been underwater for too long.
Ms. Suga is inspired by the work of innovative young biomedical engineers like Macinley Butson and has relayed this advice to other young inventors.
“It’s hard to come up with a unique idea for an invention. However, I find the best way is to look into your own life or talk to your family and friends about the issues they face every day.
“One of my passions is swimming, which has helped me develop Safety Smart Goggles. I wanted everyone to be able to share this passion, regardless of their ability to swim, without the risk of injury or drowning, ”Ms. Suga said.
Ms Suga hopes to empower other young inventors within the Liverpool community as a member of the Liverpool Youth Council of which she has been a part since July 2020.
“Through the Youth Council, we can have a say in the issues affecting young people in Liverpool – not just adults. It’s a great way to get involved in your local community and connect with other people your age, ”Ms. Suga said.
Liverpool Mayor Wendy Waller said the Liverpool Youth Council continues to be an effective platform for young people living in the Liverpool area to have a voice on the unique issues that matter to them.
“To help the Council understand and come up with viable solutions to enrich the lives of young people in Liverpool, we need to regularly connect and engage with them.
“Our Youth Council continues to be an important platform to do this and ensure that our young talents continue to live and work within Liverpool, thus contributing to the bright future of the region.
“We are proud to have young members of our community like Jorja leading the charge in our Youth Council,” said Mayor Waller.
Asked about her future, Ms. Suga wants to follow in McKinley Butson’s footsteps and become a biomedical engineer.