Lein Applied Diagnostics Ltd, a Berkshire-based company that is developing a revolutionary new product to measure blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, has successfully completed clinical tests of its advanced prototypes and secured further investment from Seven Spires Investments, a member of Thames Valley Investment Network (TVIN). The funding will enable Lein to accelerate the development programme for its non-invasive optical instrument.
Diabetes is a major problem, with 1.8 million sufferers in the UK and over 170m worldwide. The numbers are predicted to rise dramatically due to an ageing population and the general increase in obesity rates. People with Type 1 diabetes must measure their glucose levels four or five times a day in order to control their condition; they currently take a blood sample from a finger prick test, which is painful, inconvenient and can be unhygienic. As a result, some people do not test themselves as often as they should, increasing the likelihood of complications such as heart disease and blindness.
Lein’s patented blood glucose meter could transform the way people with diabetes test their blood glucose levels. In recent clinical tests, an advanced prototype of the instrument, which uses an innovative optical measurement technique to track the amount of glucose in the eye, produced well correlated readings of blood glucose levels when tested on volunteers with widely varying ages. Successful tests have also been performed on volunteers with contact lenses.
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