The 1mm thick sugarBEAT patch uses a Bluetooth link to transfer readings of glucose levels from sweat every five minutes to a smartphone or watch. The current version uses a primary, disposable battery and the rechargeable version is expected to be cheaper.
“It is our plan to make sugarBEAT affordable for all diabetics, including those using test strips and meters to manage their glucose levels,” said Dr Faz Chowdhury, Chairman and CEO of Nemaura which is headquartered in Loughborough but registed in Nevada in the US withpublicly traded shares.
“Adopting a wireless skin-patch format has allowed us to seamlessly integrate our needle-free technology with a diabetic’s own smart device," said Chowdhury. "We have also further refined and enhanced our sensor performance, and are confident that this year’s clinical trials will confirm the efficacy of sugarBEAT in helping to improve personal healthcare management for anyone living with diabetes.”
The clinically relevant data can be securely streamed to a pre-downloaded App on user’s own smart device, and optionally forwarded onto healthcare professionals.
A predecessor sugarBEAT device wired to a smartwatch has previously been granted CE approval and the patch is starting clinical trials shortly with a launch in the UK later this year.