Abbott Freesstyle Libre

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LIBRE LIBERATION

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bbott has announced the

creation of a high-production

line for making its Libre flash

glucose monitoring system.

It means that improved

availability of its in-demand sensors will be

a reality by the end of January 2016. To

date, despite a launch in 2014, many of

those who'd registered to get the device

have yet to receive one. This back-log of

people that have already registered will be

contacted by the end of January, then the

online shop will be open from February for

new customers who can expect to register

as a customer and be able to order for

immediate use.

How Abbott brought its FreeStyle Libre

sensor and reader to the diabetes

marketplace.

This month (December) a

spokesperson for the company confirmed

that Abbott had been reducing the backlog

but that without the new production

line being on-stream it has been taking

time. If you are already registered, and

had a confirmation email back, but have

not been contacted yet, then call Abbott's

Customer Care line to get an update. It is

still possible to register so that you will be

able to get the product when it's available

from February next year.

Also coming in the very near future is

Libre Link mobile app. This is now certified

for use and is launching this December in

Sweden and will then roll out over all other

European countries Abbott is present in

during 2016. This effectively makes

your mobile phone into an alternative

to the existing Libre reader. It uses NFC

technology. The app is free, but when you

start a new sensor you can only pair it up

with either your reader or your phone -

you can't do both, so you have to choose

your device per sensor.

Making it happen

Working out of Abbott's development

base in California, Scott House is Head of

Research and Development while Jared

Watkins, is Head of Global Manufacture

and Operations. They are the "behind

the scenes guys" who are rarely seen but

make things happen. Put simply, Watkins

helped create the Libre then House had

to bring it into production. As a company,

Abbott's blood testing background was

in traditional strips and meters. Then

it developed the Abbott Navigator, an

early form of continuous blood glucose

monitoring (CGM). The relatively recent

launch of the Libre machine was an

unusual and different take on CGM.

Says Watkins, "We now live in an era

of wearable technology. In the future even

contact lenses could do blood glucose

readings. Some of these developments

are more real than others, but the fact

that it's going on and being talked about

is important. There's been an absolutely

huge investment in specialist technology,

a lot of data gets generated but the

problem with 'big data' is, how do we

make it meaningful? The next big step

for Abbott is the use of NFC capability in

Abbott's new app, the Libre Link. It means

that you don't even need a sensor reader;

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