Apple Working on Glucose Sensors To Monitor Diabetes

RingPlus News Service Los Angeles April 13th, 2017: A team of biomedical engineers at Apple are working on developing sensors that can non-invasively monitor blood sugar levels to better treat diabetes. Apple is developing optical sensors, which involves shining a light through the skin to measure indications of glucose. If the sensors are successfully developed, it would be a breakthrough as it is extremely challenging to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin as many life sciences companies have tried and failed. The initiative is far enough along that Apple has been conducting trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help figure out the regulatory pathways. First envisioned by the late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, these efforts have been going on for at least five years. Jobs had envisioned that wearable devices, like smartwatches, could be used to monitor oxygen levels, heart rate and blood glucose. It can help millions of people turn devices like the Apple Watch into a must-have. Apple isn't the only technology company eyeing opportunities, Google's life sciences team, is currently working on a "smart" contact lens to measure blood sugar via the eye, and it partnered up with DexCom in 2015 to develop a glucose-sensing device no bigger than a bandage. These breakthroughs would be beneficial for million of people with diabetes to track their blood sugar for health and wellness, and to branch new medical research and open up a potential market for these consumers.
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