Skip to comments.Glucose-Sensing RFID Microchip Patent
Posted on 10/25/2006 6:13:34 AM PDT by zek157
The U.S. Patent and Trademark Office has granted Digital Angel Corporation a patent for its syringe-implantable glucose-sensing RFID microchip, Digital Angel announced today. The RFID microchip measures the glucose concentration levels of diabetic patients and will be marketed and distributed by Digital Angel's sister company, VeriChip, as an extension to the company's products benefiting people. "A glucose-sensing microchip could profoundly impact the 230 million people worldwide living with diabetes," said Digital Angel CEO and President, Kevin McGrath. "Patent approval for this RFID microchip is a major step in bringing this life-altering technology to market. It also underscores Digital Angel's commitment to innovation, product development and rapid growth." Checking blood glucose levels regularly is critical to properly managing diabetes. The conventional method - a finger prick - is invasive, painful and often inaccurate. The implantable bio-sensor chip has a passive transponder, glucose sensor and integrated circuitry that allow anyone implanted with the microchip to painlessly scan it to determine their level of glucose concentration. The RFID microchip quickly and accurately transmits the glucose data back to a wireless scanner that displays the glucose level. The RFID microchip is powered by the scanner signal, avoiding the need for a battery in the microchip. "This is a landmark development in the world of diabetes management," said Dr. Joseph Feldman, Chairman of the Emergency/Trauma Department of Hackensack University Medical Center. "The current process for monitoring blood sugar levels is painful, cumbersome and discouraging, and especially burdensome for the young and the elderly. By having this technology, the process becomes effortless. This glucose-sensing RFID microchip is the next great step in implantable microchip technology."
The patent, No. 7,125,382 was granted on October 24, 2006 and is titled "Embedded Bio-Sensor System."
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This is wonderful news!
Gee only 4 posts in to bring out the conspiracy theorists.
this is great, as a Type 1 diabetic under tight blood sugar control, this would save me from sticking my fingers 6 to 8 times a day!
Wow.... Prolly a ways from the market, and plenty of hurdles to go, but my diabetic son could use something like this.
Slave the output to an insulin pump and Voila! - an artificial pancreas.
The HUGE bug-bear for this approach is that there is, as yet, no known technology for glucose sensing with the necessary analytical reliability, ESPECIALLY in the relatively hostile environment of the human body (basically sea water).
My area of expertise is analytical chemistry, much of which has involved sensor design and development. A LOT of research has been done trying to come up with a really good, really reliable, accurate and precise sensor for glucose. AFAIK, no success yet.
Make one sensitive to ethanol, put a scanner in a car, and you'd reduce drunk driving incidents (the chip would be mandated by court order after judicial due process).
If it works or if it at the least leads to something that works, it is great news for me. Type 1 since Sept '81.
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Resistance is futile.
This will be highly significant if it works as advertised. Diabetes is a horrible disease to have and must be monitored very closely. And we should all watch this closely; even those who are in the range of "pre-diabetes" which suggests full blown diabetes is a high risk. That's something everyone should keep their eye on and not just diagnosed diabetes. The range now has been lowered to anything over 100 on the glucose levels. About 126 and you're a diabetic for life. Mine is at 103 and I watch that very carefully and am trying to get it below 100 with some weight loss.
I wish you the best. My Father got it late in life and I've seen the problems that can occur.
Be carefulll on that. They have a very troubled history with the parent company. Follow your gain with a stop.
Not what they need to do is install readers at donut shops and make the wearers insert a dollar bill each time they want to read the glucose level.
No reason why they couldn't just shift a molecule and have it read out blood alcohol level; then the state could require one for a driver's license - starting with convicted drunk drivers, of course with the incrementation to other drivers as the resistance decreases and the technology becomes humdrum.
What were the problems between them?
I have a 9 year old with type 1. I've been hearing about this for some time. From what I've heard the external closed loop system is in trials right now. I could care less about the implantable tester. Right now the closed loop system looks extremely promising.
Super duper....this is so great.
My granddaughter's little bitty fingers are getting so scarred from finger pricks! 3 years already, and she is only 8.
Actually, she also has had such a build up of scar tissue from her insulin shots, that she has had to go 4-5 months at a time, not using her upper arms or thighs..
If this thingy works, though, it will really help. Thanks for posting it.
Well..darn, you just burst my happy bubble.
Thanks for the information. I am always on the lookout for making my granddaughter's life a little easier, and a little less painful..(I have to admit though, it bothers me more than it does her..she is a trooper)
Sorry to bear bad news--but articles like these tend to "oversell" technology, and raise false hopes. The good news is that a lot of really smart folks are working on the problem, because they know whoever solves it will become VERY VERY rich. But it is a REALLY tough problem.
"Thanks for the information. I am always on the lookout for making my granddaughter's life a little easier, and a little less painful..(I have to admit though, it bothers me more than it does her..she is a trooper)"
Do NOT give up. The tech is getting better all the time.
Thank you, I do worry a lot about what this could be doing to her internally, that won't show up for a while.
adsx has more catching up than you can imagine. 10:1 reverse split a couple years ago. They catch up and I will be buying an Island. Problem with them is they don't ever follow through on their great statements. Doc is better, but controlled by ADSX - Applied Digital.
I'm sorry to have posted this. While it may work some day Applied Digital has a storied history of BS. They also have a pattent for a GPS microchip. You have never seen that either. Hopefully this is something that actually will work.
I pray for you all with diabetes.
Hey...I am glad you posted it....it is good to know what is going on out there...and as you have seen, there is a lot of interest on FR for anything about diabetes.
Thank you for posting it...and don't hesitate to post anything else you find, okay??
Hunh? Can you offer a bit more information? These figures don't line up with what I have. You are referring to mg/dl figures, aren't you?
Please add me to your ping list. 11 year old son is a type 1.
Done. God bless you and your son.
ADSX now has two, that I know of, patents on implants. That is quite an accomplishment IMO, considering problems in dealing with government bureaucracies.
On the first identification implant chip, they seem to be making progress, in signing up hospitals and doctors. This one if it works will take off IMO. I also am invested, but will settle for a vacation.
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For type 2s. Has a nice weight loss side effect.
I guess so. Just do a "google" of pre-diabetes. This will discuss the numbers. The normal level is below 100. Typically blood work-up will show those numbers.
Not to be argumentative, but what I have been taught, normal fasting blood sugar levels run between 70-110 mg/dl according to the "new" standard. (The old standard, and still used by many physicians, was 70-125 mg/dl. A cynical view of the 15 mg/dl difference would note the financial boon the measly 15 mg generates.) A value above 140 mg/dl (again a lowered new figure and subject to the same cynical evaluation) on at least two occasions would be a rather strong indicator the the tested individual has diabetes.
A glucose tolerance test uses a glucose solution administered to raise a fasting patient's blood/glucose level to 200mg/dl. Then a series of blood samples are drawn over the following 3 hours. The long and the short of it is that in three hours the normal patient's blood sugar level will return to the normal fasting level of between 70-110 mg/dl (or 125 mg/dl depending on how cynical you are).
If someone has better info I'd very much like to hear about it.
You're not being argumentative. The standards have just been lowered.
Looks straight up from here. For Type I's, though, usually a Glucose Tolerance test isn't required, as the disease is usually pretty obvious (my bg at diagnosis, for instance, was about 800, and I'd only lost about sixty pounds).
Thanks for the tip!
you have a point, I am thinking cautiously but it's nice to think that someone is working on this, and there may be hope in the future. I know my fingers would thank them *L*.