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Corporate partnership: glucose monitoring without needles

Instead of pricking their finger with a needle or wearing an implant, people with diabetes will in future simply wear a wrist-worn device that reads their glucose with a mini laser. Trumpf Photonic Components and the Danish medical technology company RSP Systems have now entered into a partnership for this purpose.

Berthold Schmidt, Managing Director of Trumpf Photonic Components: “This partnership once more demonstrates the innovation potential of VCSEL technology.” Image: Trumpf

Together, they plan to create a sensor to miniaturize RSP’s non-invasive technology into a wearable format. Trumpf Photonic Components says that it is contributing its expertise in the field of the miniature laser diodes required for this purpose, the VCSEL (vertical-cavity surface-emitting laser). “With our knowledge of the mechanisms of photonics, we will soon be able to enable people with diabetes to measure their blood glucose levels more easily, more cost-effectively and completely painlessly,” says Berthold Schmidt, CEO of Trumpf Photonic Components.

From book to wrist sensor size

RSP Systems already has wearable, optical, sensor-based devices that can measure blood glucose levels – but in the size of a paperback book. ” Touch Glucose Monitoring has been an ambition for device developers over the last three decades due to the vast implications for hundreds of millions of people, needing to keep an eye on their glucose levels,” said Anders Weber, CEO of RSP Systems. ” Together with Trumpf Photonics, we will realize a wrist-worn device, aimed to cover all uses from people on insulin therapy to people at risk for developing diabetes, literally hundreds of millions of people.” Over the past decade, the company has developed a clinically proven glucose monitor that provides accurate glucose readings by just touching the skin and with no need for calibration.

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