"Smart" Contacts Keep an Eye on Blood Glucose Levels
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Novartis and Google have agreed to collaborate on developing “smart” contact lenses that would measure glucose in tear fluid and wirelessly transmit this data to a mobile device, allowing diabetes patients a less painful alternative to traditional glucose testing. The lens technology in the contacts could also be used for patients with presbyopia to help restore the eye’s ability to focus. Novartis’s eye care division Alcon will further develop and market the lens, designed by Google’s development team. Novartis also hopes to apply this technology to other medical conditions that require monitoring like cardiovascular diseases.
The logo of Swiss drugmaker Novartis is seen at its headquarters in Basel October 22, 2013. ZURICH (Reuters) - Novartis expects the "smart lens" technology it has licensed from Google will take several years to develop, but hopes to have a product ready for market in about five years, the drugmaker's chief executive said on Tuesday.
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