Smart Lenses That Measure Diabetes Will Be Developed With The Collaboration Of Google And Novartis. Google is collaborating with Swiss pharmaceutical giant Novartis to develop smart contact lenses used in diabetes monitoring. According to the news announced by Novartis, with the agreement between the company's eye care unit Alcon and Google's semi-secret Google [x] unit, the therapeutic products of the "smart lens" technology will be licensed by Novartis.
With the deal, Google [x] and Alcon will begin working together on "smart lens" technology. Smart lens technology consists of non-invasive (in medical terms, non-invasive) sensors, microchips, and miniature electronics embedded in contact lenses. Novartis' interest in this topic stems from two main reasons: Firstly, the technology allows continuous glucose measurements of diabetic patients with minimal intervention. Smart contact lenses wirelessly transmit data from eye tears to a mobile device.
The second important reason is the potential of smart lenses to offer a solution for the disease of nearsightedness, in other words presbyopia, in later ages. Smart lenses can work just like hyperopia lenses or intraocular lenses used in cataract treatment by helping the eye find its natural focus.
It should be noted that Google's support of Novartis is a very important development in terms of launching smart lenses worldwide. Novartis, one of the 10 largest pharmaceutical companies in the world, is also among the three largest pharmaceutical companies in Turkey. Innovation is becoming more costly in the pharmaceutical industry, one of the world's largest R&D industries, and the deal could help Novartis take a huge advantage in diabetes treatments, a key revenue item.
Google is not the first company to pursue smart contact lens technologies. As TechCrunch reported in January 2014, one of the researchers behind the project, Babak Parviz, first started working on the technology with Microsoft. Parviz, who later transferred to Google, continued his work here until recently.
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