In a groundbreaking collaboration, Phillips-Medisize, a Molex company renowned for its expertise in designing and manufacturing pharmaceutical drug delivery and medtech devices, has joined forces with Finland-based medtech firm GlucoModicum. Together, they are poised to revolutionize glucose monitoring with their innovative Talisman device, which employs cutting-edge magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) technology.
The Talisman device represents a major leap forward in continuous glucose monitoring. By eliminating the need for needles, it addresses a critical concern for individuals managing diabetes. Jokke Mäki, the managing director of GlucoModicum, expressed the team's shared vision, stating, "We wanted to create a solution that is needle-free, accurate, and more affordable so people would better monitor their glucose." This breakthrough has the potential to positively impact billions of lives worldwide.
MHD technology works by applying a controlled amount of energy directly to interstitial fluid, the fluid between blood vessels and cells. This action brings the fluid to the skin's surface, allowing for a quick and painless extraction of a glucose sample. GlucoModicum's published study results in Scientific Reports showcased the safety, efficacy, and effectiveness of MHD. In fact, the technology demonstrated that it was "13 times more effective than other needle-free approaches tested in extracting interstitial fluid from the skin." Furthermore, the biosensor solution proved to be "eight times more sensitive to glucose molecules than comparative biosensors on the market."
Additionally, the Talisman device is designed to be worn on a patient's arm, seamlessly integrating MHD technology, ultra-sensitive biosensors, and advanced algorithms. These components work together to relay real-time data to a smartphone app, providing users with a comprehensive view of their glucose levels. This user-friendly interface empowers individuals to make informed decisions about their diabetes management.
Homer Fairley, the business development manager for Phillips-Medisize, shared his enthusiasm for the project's progress, stating, "We started with ideas, concepts, and drawings... Now that there is a proven concept, we look forward to the opportunity to leverage Phillips-Medisize's high-volume manufacturing capabilities to produce hundreds of millions of units on time and in a cost-effective manner."
While the Talisman device has not yet received FDA approval or obtained the CE mark, its potential to revolutionize glucose monitoring cannot be overstated. As it moves through regulatory processes, the device promises to bring about a new era of convenience, accuracy, and affordability in diabetes management.
The Talisman device's needle-free, wearable continuous glucose monitoring system utilizing MHD technology has the potential to transform the lives of individuals managing diabetes. With further regulatory milestones on the horizon, this breakthrough offers hope for a brighter, more manageable future for millions worldwide.