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Afon Technology noninvasive

CGM sensor

Introducing his technology at a

recent online diabetes event,

Afon Technology founder Sabih

Chaudhry referred back to a

research paper written in 2006 by

Doctor of Philosophy John Smith.

His paper was entitled The Pursuit

of Non-Invasive Glucose: Hunting

the Deceitful Turkey, the turkey

reference being taken from a Mark

Twain short story that asks many

questions but has few answers.

Also in 2006, a non-invasive

diabetes product called GlucoWatch

was developed by a company called

Cygnus, which was subsequently

taken over by Animas ¬- part of

Johnson & Johnson - but the product

development stalled and came to

nothing (for more info, see below).

That fact has not put Chaudhry

off his pursuit of this deceitful

turkey. He explains, "The fact is that

it's a challenging - but emerging -

technology. It involves photonics,

sweat and electrophoresis [see

glossary]. But there is scope to

develop these products as there are

known downsides to the currently

available sensors ¬- questions

of accuracy, sensitivity and the

potential for an allergic reaction to

the adhesives needed to stick sensor

onto skin."

Afon Technology is using radio

and microwave frequencies (multiresonance),

which are both on

the long wavelength end of the

Electromagnetic Spectrum, to read

blood glucose levels via a noninvasive

sensor. That's to say there's

no 'pokey' bits stuck in the body;

the sensor just sits on top of the

skin unlike what might be called

'traditional' CGMs where the skin is

punctured to allow a sensor to be

inserted into interstitial body fluid to

read glucose levels.

Wild goose chase?

In 2005, Chaudhry had been

undertaking scientific investigations

in a laboratory in Bangor University,

later raising money to continue

to research into the possibility of

designing such a sensor. In 2012, a

trial at the Royal Liverpool Hospital

showed the microwave factor. In

2015, additional funding allowed

him to stop being a one-man band;

he started the company which now

has a lab in the Wye Valley with a

team of researchers and engineers

pushing the technology forwards.

Chaudhry says with a small smile

that, "Things can work wonderfully

'on the bench', but on the body there

are the challenges of movement, the

changing condition of the skin - and

so forth. We took a step back to ask,

what are we trying to do, and how?"

After taking the time to restrategize,

he and his team felt

that they were going to be able

to develop a colour-indicator as

part of the device, showing yellow

for hyperglycaemia, green for in

range and red for a hypo. It would

also indicate Time-in-Range

measurements, increasingly TIR

is seen as an extremely powerful

enabler of self-management for

anyone living with diabetes.

The design of the sensor is such

that it would be worn on the wrist,

potentially on a watch or just on any

other wrist-strap. Being worn on the

wrist means it could be prone to a

jarring shock if knocked, therefore

it needs to be robust, but people are

already using watches, so integrating

the sensor makes a lot of sense. It

also means it does not have to be

another wearable device on the body,

while it will also be 'manufacturer

agnostic, being able to 'talk' to other

smart devices with electro-magnetic

compliance, such as smart phones.

Afon's sensor is likely to be the size of

two £2 coins, stacked on top of each

other and will last for two years.

A MARD measurement (mean

absolute relative difference*) is used

to assess the accuracy of both blood

glucose meters and CGM sensors. In

general, lower MARD values indicate

higher accuracy. At present, Afon's

sensor is coming in at 20% whereas

Dexcom's G5 came in at 10%.

Medtronic's Enlite sensor is anything

anything between 15% and 21%,

likewise Abbott's FreeStyle Libre.

Says Chaudhry, "The team has

multidisciplinary skills and is slowly

and systematically overcoming

barriers. We are planning to apply

Sabih Chaudhry

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