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Non- Invasive Teleglucometer

Country of Origin: Spain
Reference Number: TOES20170317001
Publication Date: 12 September 2017

Summary

A Spanish medical SME has developed an innovative non-invasive tele-glucometer. The technology can measure glycemic on the surface of the tongue in a non-invasive way. The prototype could also connect to a smartphone and make use of biometrics technologies for measurement. The SME is looking for industrial partners of the health sector to cooperate via license agreement.

Description

Diabetes monitoring involves measuring and logging blood glucose levels, analyzing the information, and sharing it with care providers who provide personalized support to cope with the disease. 

The finger-prick test, also called SMBG (Self monitoring of blood glucose), is the most common technique used for measurement of blood glucose levels; however, it is painful and inconvenient, which could hinder regular testing and affect diabetes management. Another technique gaining wider acceptance is the CGM, in which a sensor linked to a CGM (Continuous Glucose Monitoring) device is placed under a patient’s skin but not into the bloodstream. The sensor measures glucose levels in the interstitial fluid (ISF). Though it is less invasive than the finger-prick test, its accuracy is dependent on the equilibrium of glucose levels between ISF and blood, which accounts for a time delay in the measurement and hence requires frequent recalibration using the finger-pricking test. CGM does not replace the traditional SMBG technique as it also requires measurement of blood sugar with a regular glucose meter a few times a day. Moreover, sweat, temperature changes, and electrostatic noise can affect its accuracy.

A Spanish SME active in the area of medicine, has developed a novel non-invasive tele-glucometer.

The SME has developed a non-invasive portable blood glucose meter prototype. This prototype is available for testing if any potential partner is interested.

How it works:
Data are collected via a white LED light from the tongue surface in a totally non-invasive way. This makes possible that the technology hereby exposed is portable (reduced dimension) and low weight.

This innovation can also be connected to a smartphone and test directly glucose using biometrics technologies (fingerprint or retinal scan). Accuracy is 97.75%

The Spanish SME is interested in getting in contact with industries of health or medical sector. They would negotiate a license agreement for the development and exploitation of the technology.
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Advantages and Innovations

Advantages
- Personalized control of blood glucose curves.
- Correlation between the blood glucose curve, the lifestyle and the food intake at the time of reading.
- Portable and light.

Innovations
- Possibility of inserting telephone line with the control center for a personalized attention.
- The device is easily miniaturized to suit the situations expected: either integrated as part of a mobile phone specifically for diabetics, or as a standalone device, connected to the Smartphone with Bluetooth.

Stage Of Development

Prototype available for demonstration

Requested partner

Type of partner sought: Medical industry

The Spanish SME is interested in a license agreement with a health or medical industry willing to develop and sell this technology in their markets.

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