Millions of diabetics repeat the same procedure daily for a lifetime: using a finger prick device to gain a blood drop which is then measured by a non-reusable test strip and measuring device. This procedure is repeated at least 3-5 times a day (and often as many as 8-10). The measured blood glucose values are used as the basis for the diabetes treatment.
Although blood glucose values can vary greatly within a short space of time both day and night, the unpleasant associations with finger pricking hinder many from checking their values more often. Not only is the lancing procedure itself painful, but over time the fingers may hurt or even start to display numbness in the finger tips. Not measuring however brings the associated fear of hypoglycaemia and coma.
Overcoming these barriers would help greatly in keeping the blood glucose curve in a comparable range to a non-diabetic. Together with the appropriately dosed insulin amount and a greater awareness, many symptoms can be relieved and even avoided.
The aim over the last many years has been to develop a blood glucose measuring system that fulfils the customers’ wish of a blood and pain free process. Most attempts until now failed due to
- Too little measuring precision
- Too little glucose specificity
- Too high user costs
Our innovative technology enables us to overcome these problems and fulfil customer wishes with two different products: the continuous fiber sensor and the eye sensor.
Continuous Glucose Sensor
Continuous glucose monitoring (CGM) delivers automatic continual blood glucose values and informs the patient when values are critical (hyper and hypoglycaemia). Warnings of impending critical values can be given prematurely. This increases the patients’ quality of life and sense of security. The first prototypes are showing very good clinical results. The long-term aim is the semi-automatic regulation of an insulin pump for diabetes patients.
Due to its unique site, the eye sensor delivers highly precise blood glucose values with no need for contact. It has the potential to replace regular finger pricking. The patient can measure as often as required without incurring extra costs. Our clinical results are very promising.
In the following film (link) expert opinions and patient reports from our studies are shown