The University of Newcastle, Australia

Biosensor / Saliva Glucose Biosensor

A biosensor is a device that detects a biological response with a high degree of accuracy and enables detection and monitoring of various health conditions.

The Saliva Glucose Biosensor is the world's first non-invasive, saliva-based glucose test for diabetes management. It measures glucose in saliva instead of blood and removes key barriers to self-monitoring such as cost, fear of pin-pricking and inconvenience.

The Saliva Glucose Biosensor is made by printing our sophisticated electronic inks onto thin film plastic using unsophisticated existing print technologies. It’s an example of functional printing - an exciting new industry which marries the old and the new to achieve low cost production of advanced materials.

In 2013 we partnered with the IQ Group Global to help translate this promising technology from the laborartory to the real world, where it can begin to help the more than 425 million people living with diabetes globally. In late 2019, the IQ Group Global were named in the top ten most innovative health companies for the Saliva Glucose Biosensor and we continue to work together towards our shared goal of ensuring noone needs to bleed to eat.