Should we have been looking at Apple all this time for the answer to treating diabetes?
Apparently according to CNBC, the tech giant has a secret group of biomedical engineers that are developing sensors to monitor blood sugar levels.
Before Steve Jobs passed away, he had a vision for this and if successful, it could help millions of people all over the world and make Apple devices a must have.
According to CNBC, Apple’s team of biomedical engineers are working at a nondescript office in Palo Alto, California near corporate headquarters. The team is said to report to Johny Srouji, Apple’s senior vice president of hardware technologies.
A non-invasive way of monitoring blood sugar levels continuously could be the holy grail of treating diabetes.
According to people familiar with the matter, they said such a breakthrough would be a “holy grail” for life sciences as many life sciences have attempted but with fail for such a breakthrough.
It’s very hard to track glucose levels accurately without piercing the skin.
The people said that for at least five years now, Apple has been conducting feasibility trials at clinical sites across the Bay Area and has hired consultants to help it figure out the regulatory pathways.
According to one person, as of a year go there were around 30 people working in this group and another has said that Apple is developing optical sensors, which involves shining a light through the skin to measure indications of glucose.
If Apple is successful this could open a major door for companies in measuring blood sugar for health.
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