Assemble an interdisciplinary team to develop a MEMS-based blood glucose monitoring patch that can offer painless, easy-to-use, real-time sampling for diabetics
Despite the huge strides in insulin pump technology and continuous glucose monitoring there is still a dearth of monitoring devices that directly and continuously probe blood. Therefore, regardless of the technologies used for diabetes management, painful finger pricks for blood MUST be performed multiple times per day, everyday by EVERY diabetic, which significantly affects the way of life of millions of people. Granted, there are truly innovative studies where blood monitoring is incorporated with insulin injections into implantable devices, but such technologies and their implementation are decades into the horizon. Moreover, non-invasive, pain-free continuous blood monitoring is not only needed for the expected massive diabetes epidemic, but will also significantly improve the way we understand human health.
This initial 6-month effort is aimed at understanding the strength of the proposed solution – a hollow MEMS multicantilever array incorporated into a wearable, disposable, band-aid-like patch, with integrated sensing, detection, and data transmission – in light of the competitive research landscape of diabetes-driven glucose monitoring.