​PKvitality sets 2024 target for glucose monitoring K’Watch

Glucose tracking watch isn't quite the full dream
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French health tech company PKvitality has its eyes on a 2024 launch for its glucose tracking watch.

That’s according to a new press release from the company, which reveals success in clinical trials of its wrist-worn continuous glucose monitor.

In its third round of human trials, PKvitality’s K’Watch achieved a 16% margin for error (MARD) when tracking glucose in type 1 and type 2 diabetic patients.

There’s clearly some way to go in order to reach the levels of accuracy needed to get FDA approval – but it's a big step on the way to improving the lives of diabetics.

We’ve spoken to a number of wearable companies attempting to track glucose non-invasively – including Rockley Photonics and Movano with its RF sensor. And Apple and Fitbit are certainly also working on the technology.

​PKvitality sets 2024 target for glucose monitoring K’Watch

The PKvitality technology does differ slightly, as it’s not fully non-invasive. It uses “micro-tips” on the back of the watch – which are minute needles that painlessly examine the interstitial fluid under the skin.

It will then continuously monitor glucose levels, and provide alerts for high or low levels.

While the company says that wearing the device is totally painless, the solution isn’t quite as simple as tracking via an optical, laser or RF sensor. It would be reserved for diabetics, and require replacing the micro-tips using the disposable K’apsul – which will last 7 days at a time.

While a continuous glucose monitor on the wrist would dramatically improve the lives of diabetics – a solution from Apple, Fitbit or other wearable companies could bring the benefits of glucose tracking to the whole population. These solutions would also work without disposable patches.

But that’s a long road. And it seems that the PKvitality K’Watch could be one of the first wrist wearables for diabetics.

Source: PKVitality Via: Notebook Check

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