No More Finger Pricks! Darden-Incubated Startup Developing Painless Eye Test for Glucose
Here’s a bulletin for diabetics (and the good portion of the U.S. population at risk of developing diabetes): your future may be free of the painful annoyance of routine finger pricks to test your blood sugar (glucose) levels.
Freedom Meditech, a startup biotech firm that took some of it’s first steps with the help of Darden’s Batten Business Incubator, is well on the way to developing a device that can painlessly measure glucose levels with light in the eye.
The company is aiming, thus far, for a consumer-ready product that will operate a bit like binoculars, shining light on one eye for less than a second. Moments later the glucose reading will appear on a digital display. Sounds almost sci-fi cool, doesn’t it?
So far, the process has been successfully tested on rabbits, with average accuracy (13 percent error) that handily surpassed the standard finger prick method (32 percent error).
Next steps: additional animal studies on the way to gaining U.S. Food and Drug Administration approval for human clinical studies, explained Freedom Meditech’s president and CEO Craig Misrach, a 2006 Darden graduate.