Thimble™ and ITL BioMedical Join Forces to Combat Blood Donation Shortfall with Recover Patch

Thimble™ and ITL BioMedical Join Forces to Combat Blood Donation Shortfall with Recover Patch

 Press Release

Los Angeles, CA —Thimble™ (Achelon, Inc), a doctor-led health tech startup founded to alleviate needle pain and anxiety, announced today a new distribution partnership with ITL BioMedical, a leading global provider of medical devices and systems for safer, more efficient biological sampling and clinical best practices.  

Thimble’s latest innovation, the Recover patch, is a skin-soothing adhesive patch designed to alleviate the stress of needle procedures. It offers an alternative to traditional bandages focusing on after-procedure relief. It utilizes turmeric and arnica to reduce tenderness, bruising, and inflammation, thereby enhancing the post-donation experience for individuals.  

The strategic collaboration aims in part to address the critical decline in blood donations across the US by offering a more comfortable and less stressful donation experience. Recent data from the American Red Cross indicates a 25% decrease in blood donations since August 2023. This partnership aims to introduce Recover to a wider audience and make it more accessible to blood centers/banks, caregivers, and patients to allay “needle anxiety” and foster an increase in blood donations.  

"As a physician, I've always been acutely aware of the discomfort and anxiety needles can cause,” said Dr. Manju Dawkins, CEO and founder of Thimble™. “This became even more personal to me as a mother, witnessing my own child's fear during vaccinations. That moment of seeing fear and a sense of betrayal in my daughter's eyes was a turning point. It highlighted the urgent need for a compassionate approach to healthcare, where pain and stress are not just clinical side effects but deeply personal experiences.”   
“At Thimble™, we're not just addressing needle pain; we're striving to transform the healthcare experience into one that's more understanding, more humane,” she continued. “Our partnership with ITL BioMedical is a significant step towards realizing this vision, making our Recover patch more widely available and helping millions to be fearless about their health."  

"Our mission at ITL has always been to support and enhance the blood donation process,” said Craig Wilson, CEO of ITL BioMedical. “By introducing Thimble’s Recover patch, we are not just providing a superior alternative to traditional bandages; we are addressing a fundamental barrier in blood donation—the fear and discomfort associated with needles. Our collaboration with Thimble is a step forward in encouraging more people to donate blood.”  

Made in the US, the Recover patch is powered by minimal ingredients that provide optimal relief after needle procedures, such as arnica, turmeric, black pepper, and coenzyme Q10. Its localized delivery provides effective relief right where it hurts, without the potential side effects of oral medications.  

The Recover patch is available for bulk order for hospitals, blood banks/centers, and other organizations. For more information, visit

About ITL BioMedical  

A leading established manufacturer of registered medical devices and consumables, ITL BioMedical is at the forefront of innovative design in biological sampling systems and healthcare devices for both human and animal use. We specialize in producing easy-to-use sample collection, blood transfer, and vascular access products that prioritize the health and safety of patients and healthcare professionals globally. Recognized and trusted by blood banks, clinics, clinical laboratories, veterinarians, and NGOs worldwide, our commitment to quality is unwavering.  

ITL BioMedical is a proud division of ITL Health Group (ASX:ITD).  

For further details, visit 

About Thimble™  

Thimble™ (Achelon, Inc) is pioneering the needle care market with innovative solutions and products designed to create better health outcomes and improve experiences with needle procedures. With a focus on compassion and a commitment to alleviating pain and stress, Thimble™ is on a mission to change the way healthcare feels. For more information, visit  

FDA Statement  

The Recover product and claims have not been evaluated by the U.S. FDA and are not approved to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent diseases. For external use only. Do not use if you’re allergic to any ingredients in the patch.  



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