San Francisco startup Sano Intelligence has developed a small, wearable sensor patch that can read and transmit blood chemistry data continuously to almost any device.
In order to monitor blood chemistry in the past it has usually been necessary for samples to be given via large needles. For those requiring constant monitoring, this could be a serious and often painful burden. Hoping to make this a thing of the past, San Francisco startup Sano Intelligence has developed a small, wearable sensor patch that can read and transmit blood chemistry data continuously to almost any device. Roughly the size of a nicotine patch, Sano’s painless new transdermal device can already measure the glucose and potassium levels of the wearer’s blood, according to a recent Co.Exist report. Eventually, the aim is for it to be able to monitor all the standard components of a basic metabolic panel, including kidney function and electrolyte balance as well. Such data, in turn, will be retrievable in app form via a third-party development and analytical platform. Sano calls it “The API for the bloodstream,” making it accessible to users on their smartphones or other devices. Each sensor reportedly costs between USD 1 and USD 2 in materials and enjoys a lifespan of a week. Now about to enter pilot testing, the device could reportedly be ready to launch as early as mid-2013. Healthcare entrepreneurs: one to get involved in?