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Innovative and non-invasive system for detection of alcohol in the blood.

Country of Origin: Croatia
Reference Number: TOHR20190227001
Publication Date: 28 February 2019

Summary

A Croatian company, in cooperation with University from Zagreb Osijek, is developing an innovative, noninvasive transdermal sensor/detector for continuous monitoring of alcohol in sweat/breath of the examinee. The market and potential users of the product are people with alcohol dependence, insurance companies, health insurance funds, medical institutions, but also work organizations. They are looking for a partner to sign a Joint venture or Financial agreement.

Description

A Croatian company, in cooperation with University from Zagreb and Osijek, is looking for a partner to develop an innovative device for continuous monitoring of alcohol in sweat/breath of the examinee. . 
Transdermal alcohol measurement encompasses a non-invasive continuous method for determination of alcohol concentration in blood that is comparable with the results obtained using the conventional methods for determination of alcohol in blood, breath and urine. That innovative method allows continuous detection of alcohol consumption in real time.
To determine the alcohol, the sensor should use the principles of optical or electrochemical detection. Built-in chemical energy sources or photovoltaic cells should be used for sensor power supply. Specially developed software should be used for data collection and processing as well as for sensor control. The sensor will be built in an appropriate, easy-to-carry form with an integrated prevention system (bracelet, watch etc.). If the alcohol concentration exceeds the permissible concentration, the sensor would send unpleasant but harmless electrical impulses or vibration stimuli.
Their aim is to develop the prototype of sensor/detector with the following characteristics: fully noninvasive, fast responding, inexpensive, accurate and reliable, of small size and with a minimum maintenance.
Alcohol is responsible for nearly two million deaths in the world per year and also results in work disability in almost 60 million people, of which about 40% are caused by neuropsychiatric disorders caused by alcohol abuse.
The market and potential users of the product are people with alcohol dependence, insurance companies, medical institutions, but also work organizations
Also the significant target group are drivers. This solution could be used by drivers either as a shocker or just as an informant (showing the information on the screen).

The company has involved the researchers from University of Osijek, Department of Chemistry and University of Zagreb, Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in development of the concept.

The company is looking for a partner to sign Financial, Joint Venture or Research cooperation agreement.

Advantages and Innovations

In the global market there are several disposable or reusable products that measure alcohol in the breath or slime. There are also several manufacturers who transdermally measure alcohol concentration, but their products are in the form of bulky bracelets (USA market).
The new sensor would be considerably smaller in size, so it would be less noticeable and would have a lower price. In addition, new materials with better physico-chemical properties would be used in the construction of individual sensor components, which would affect the usability of the sensor. The advantages over the current solutions:
- small in size
- provides reliable and reproducible results
- durable and robust
- requires minimal maintenance
- unobservable in everyday use

Stage Of Development

Concept stage

Stage Of Development Comment

The Company's current activities are focused on the realization of the prototype of the product, and finding financial resources for its development.

Requested partner

Financial or Joint venture agreement:
looking for an investor in the field of health and public health including insurance companies, willing to invest in the development of the device.

Joint venture agreement:
looking for the companies or research institutions dealing with sensor development in Health sector and
Healthcare & Medical App Development companies or research institutions to participate in the development of the device.

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