Reports about companies developing a “no prick” blood glucose meter have been around for a while. Well, it appears an Israeli company called, CNOGA, has finally cracked the code. The device has been approved in Europe and CNOGA will begin shipping the device in Europe, South America and countries throughout Asia.
This is really exciting stuff! The device uses LED lights and a small sophisticated camera to measure the color of your blood. The on board computer runs the results through an algorithm that sifts through over 68 billion possible result combinations to formulate your blood glucose levels.
How Does It Work?
Here’s where Cnoga Medical’s unique breakthrough comes into play: using patented algorithms and a vast amount of data – there are over 68 billion color combinations – from the processors, our TensorTip devices compute and analyze the correlation between the signal and bio parameters.
All you have to do is stick your finger in the device and it simply beams light at your finger tips. A few moments later, the results are in. No test strips, no control solution, co coding, no lancet device, no pain! You can watch a video of the process below.
Four light emitting diodes (LEDs) within the finger compartment shine discrete wavelengths from visual light to infrared light and sensing in a continuous spectrum, ranging from 600 nm to 1150 nm, through the fingertip.
As the light wave passes through the fingertip, some of it is absorbed and the light signal is changed. Next, a camera sensor, similar to that found in professional digital cameras, detects the changed light signal in real time. The signal is passed on to a processor, which digitally splits the signal into three hyper planes: red, green and blue.
If this seems like science fiction, you’re not alone. When the company first looked for partners to develop the product they met with Texas Instruments (TI). The chief scientist at TI called CNOGA liars! Well, TI eventually came on board the project to supply some needed components and no one is calling them liars now!
About the Company
Cnoga Medical Ltd., an international privately held company, is a leading developer and manufacturer of innovative, non-invasive, pain-free medical devices for personal use, as well as professional remote medical care.
Headquartered in Israel, and subsidiaries in Shanghai, China and Sao-Paulo, Brazil, the company was founded in 2004 by Dr. Yosef Segman, a technology innovator and entrepreneur, who has led product development from the early stages through a strategic partnership with Texas Instruments Inc., to commercialization in Europe, Asia and South America. The company’s Medical Advisor is Prof. Eli Zuckermann, who is with the Faculty of Medicine at the Technion, the Israel Institute of Technology.
Cnoga Medical is pursuing a future in which people conduct simple, needle-free blood tests in the comfort of their own homes or other locations. Cnoga’s systems have undergone extensive clinical trials, are registered to ISO13485:2003 and are being commercialized in Europe, Asia and South America. The devices have been CE certified as a 2a Medical Device since May 2014 and the company has received FDA approval for marketing the blood pressure and pulse (PPM) devices.
All-in-all, the total development took 9 years and $8 million dollars. Initial pricing in Europe is approximately 1,500 euros. At today’s exchange rate, this is about $1,995. Pricey! However, if you spend $75 a month on testing supplies, then this device will be paid for in approximately 2 years.
Like all medical devices, I would think pricing will come down over time. Nonetheless, right out of the gate the pricing is far less than other medical devices, such as an insulin pump, and there does not appear to be any ongoing supplies to purchase.
So, what about the availability in the United States? Encouragingly, the technology has already been approved by the FDA; however, it has only been approved for other medical uses, not blood glucose testing.
Stay tuned! Meanwhile, check out this great video about how the process works!
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