September 11, 2012

No longer seeing red for glucose testing


The commonplace practice for every person saddled with diabetes is the traditional blood glucose test. Whether you subscribe to the practice with a finger stick, a droplet from a flesh wound or some other source of a bloodshed – the all too familiar practice of blood draws for a glucose reading may have its days numbered.

In the past, noninvasive glucose testing involved devices that were cumbersome, inaccurate, and relied heavily on a power source that couldn’t keep up with the demands. Thanks to a fresh approach, innovation has given life to continuous glucose testing with a bloodless, nano-form biosensor.

The researchers at the Fraunhofer Institute for Microelectronic Circuits and Systems IMS have developed a diagnostic system that reads the tissue fluids to measure glucose levels. The microchip is placed on the patient’s body and continuously measures glucose levels through sweat or tears. The collected data could then be wirelessly transferred to a readout device.

Further information wasn’t available on the Internet, save this one detail: Noviosens is the Dutch medical technology firm that engineered the noninvasive sensor. The firm believes that the device is cost-effective and is best suited for mass production. Taking this a step further, the biosensor could conceivably control an implanted miniature insulin pump. Artificial pancreas, anyone?

Dexcom, Medtronic, Omnipod – have your people call their people. You could be in on the ground floor rebuilding the outdated infrastructure of diabetes management.

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