Dr. Doug McMahon is more than your average allergist. His out of the box thinking led him to create an affordable epinephrine auto-injector whose practical design could save lives. His device, named AllergyStop, is a palm-sized auto-injector – small enough to attach to a key chain. Read about his journey below: what led him into allergy and immunology; the inspiration for his invention; and how you can follow the process of getting AllergyStop to market.
1. What led you to become an allergist? Did you feel a connection to the field?
When I was very young I had food allergies, environmental allergies and asthma. I was under the care of various doctors who said that I should be home schooled, shouldn’t play sports or go to friends houses. My mother knew that there were many other kids in my situation living a normal life so we found a specialist to work with and I lived a ‘normal life’. This impact made me want to become a doctor and an Allergy specialist in particular.
If you want to help support the process of getting AllergyStop to market, please visit AllergyStop’s IndieGoGo page.