Kumetrix Working on BG Monitoring Technology—Device Said to Mimic the Painless Bite of a Mosquito

Jan 1, 2000

Kumetrix Inc., a privately held medical device company located in Union City, California, recently announced that it will receive $194,000 in state funds to further develop its painless blood glucose (BG) monitoring device.

The BG monitoring device consists of a disposable cartridge containing a silicon chip and a hand-held battery-powered electronic monitor. The chip consists of a micro-needle about the size of human hair integrated with a micro-reservoir. The patient simply presses the monitor against the skin, causing the micro-needle to penetrate the skin and draw a blood sample about 1/100th the size of a drop. Blood then flows through the needle into the tiny reservoir. Chemicals inside the reservoir react to the glucose and produce a color. The hand-held monitor analyzes the color and produces a readout of the blood sugar level. The more intense the color, the higher the blood sugar level.

The entire process, according to a Kumetrix press release, can be completed in less than one minute. In addition, Kumetrix says the silicon micro-needle was engineered to mimic the painless bite of a mosquito. In a pilot study conducted last year on type 1s at St. Luke's Hospital in San Francisco, the silicon micro-needle device was shown to be painless.

For additional information on Kumetrix and its silicon micro-needle device, call 510-476-0950.

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