smart contact lens

NovioSense's artist conception of its device in use.

NovioSense's artist conception of its device in use.

By Jonah Comstock November 20, 2018
Last week, Alphabet subsidiary Verily Life Sciences announced the end, at least for the foreseeable future, of its glucose-sensing contact lens collaboration with Novartis. Verily CTO Brian Otis gave his thoughts in a blog post at the time, stressing the learnings the company got from the project. In a recent interview with MobiHealthNews, Novartis Global Head of Digital Development Jacob LaPorte...
By Dave Muoio January 25, 2018
A team of South Korean researchers are the latest to tout a smart, glucose-sensing contact lens. In a research article published today in Science Advances, the team described soft lenses carrying a tiny LED light that automatically turns off in the event of high glucose levels, as well as their efforts to test the lens in vivo. “The reliability and stability of soft contact lenses have been...
By Heather Mack November 21, 2016
When will Novartis and Google begin testing the autofocus contact lens they have been developing? Well, there’s still no clear date in sight. The pharmaceutical company announced late last week they had done away with a 2016 goal of testing a smart contact lens for people with nearsightedness, telling Reuters, “It is too early to say when exactly human clinical trials for these lenses will begin...
By Jonah Comstock June 1, 2016
Medella Health, the company whose founding team includes a Thiel Fellow and is racing Google and Novartis to develop a glucose-sensing contact lens, has raised $1.4 million in funding. Backers include 1517 Fund, Fifty Years Fund, Garage Capital, BDC Capital and others.  Not too much is known yet about Medella's lens. The company says it will integrate a small sensor, a chip, and a micro-antenna...
By Aditi Pai June 8, 2015
Thiel Foundation has announced that Harry Gandhi, cofounder and CEO of digital health startup Medella Health will be a 2015 Thiel Fellow. Medella Health is developing glucose-sensing contact lenses. This year's group of 20 Thiel Fellows were selected from 2,800 applicants. Fellows receive $100,000 and mentorship from the Foundation’s network of founders, investors, and scientists. They can...
By Jonah Comstock July 15, 2014
Just seven months after announcing its ambitious contact lens program, Google has announced a partnership with Novartis eye care division Alcon to license its still-largely-theoretical "smart lens" to the Swiss pharma company. "We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs," Novartis CEO...
By Aditi Pai January 17, 2014
Google has officially announced its intentions to develop smart contact lenses, as a noninvasive method of measuring blood glucose levels in people with diabetes, according to Google's blog. "At Google[x], we wondered if miniaturized electronics—think: chips and sensors so small they look like bits of glitter, and an antenna thinner than a human hair—might be a way to crack the mystery of tear...