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Google is now looking for partners with experience bringing similar products to market. Google officials declined to say how many people worked on the project or how much the firm has invested in it.
Dr. David Klonoff, medical director of the diabetes research institute at Mills-Peninsula Health Services in San Mateo, worked with Google to see whether glucose is present in tears and whether the amount of glucose is proportional to the amount of glucose in blood. He's still analyzing but optimistic about his findings and warns there are many potential pitfalls.
"Already this has some breakthrough technologies, but this is a moonshot, there are so many challenges," he said.
One is figuring out how to correlate glucose levels in tears as compared with blood. And what happens on windy days, while chopping onions or during very sad movies? As with any medical device, it would need to be tested and proved accurate, safe, and at least as good as other types of glucose sensors available now to win FDA approval.
Karen Rose Tank, who left her career as an economist to be a health and wellness coach after her Type 1 diabetes diagnosis 18 years ago, also is encouraged that new glucose monitoring methods may be on the horizon.
"It's really exciting that some of the big tech companies are getting into this market," she said. "They bring so much ingenuity; they're able to look outside the box."
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Posted: 2014-03-10 @ 9:27am PT
@Pat: Sorry we don't have a specific contact regarding the trials. Hopefully reaching out to Google via their website and contact form will help.
Posted: 2014-03-10 @ 9:20am PT
how would someone become a tester for this?
Posted: 2014-02-22 @ 10:16am PT
Would love to see something like this. My son has been diabetic since 16 months old now 14 yrs old. Lots of finger pricks. Cant even feel his fingertips anymore. Great when it becomes available...
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Posted: 2014-01-31 @ 9:28am PT
I think , it`s a fantastic, wonderful invention. I hope , I will live long enough to enjoy this . If not, I hope all the other millions of people that suffer with Diabetes will benefit by this .