Saudi startup outlines pain-free glucose testing for diabetes patients at GITEX

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The days of finger pricking to analyze the blood sugar levels of diabetics could be over. (Reuters)
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The sensor is printed on paper. (Supplied)
Updated 10 October 2019

Saudi startup outlines pain-free glucose testing for diabetes patients at GITEX

  • GlucoJet, founded by three young Saudis at KAUST, is developing a new method of detecting sugar level with the use of saliva, instead of blood
  • It was one of the startups that received a $100,000-grant from the recent TAQADAM accelerator program, one of KAUST’s flagship entrepreneurship events

DUBAI: A Saudi startup is inventing technology that will make sugar level testing pain-free and non-invasive.

GlucoJet, founded by three young Saudis at the King Abdullah University for Science and Technology (KAUST), is developing a new method of detecting sugar level with the use of saliva, instead of blood.

“We have managed to develop a sensor for glucose that doesn’t need to use blood, instead it uses the saliva to measure the glucose. It’s completely pain-free, you don’t need to do the finger pricks,” GlucoJet co-founder Abdulelah Saleh said, referring to the traditional way of determining glucose count.

Currently, diabetes patients use a glucometer to monitor their sugar level. The portable device works by analyzing blood usually taken with a prick to a patient’s fingertip, which Saleh noted could be painful and expensive for some patients.

“Every single diabetic patient I have talked to so far has been telling me: If you put this in the market, I’m throwing away the (glucometer),” he said.

But GlucotJet is yet to be available commercially, Saleh clarified, because it still needs to go through a long process of development, testing, and approvals.

“As a research project, it started about four years ago, but as a startup it’s only been less than a year so far. We are still very young. We are still building the startup. We’re building our team. We’re trying to develop our product enough so we can actually put it to the market,” he added.




Founders of GlucoJet. (Supplied)

Saleh said they have already proven the technology works but emphasized: “To actually get it to the level where it can be used by customers, we still need to do a lot of development.”

The development process will still go on for another two years, Saleh said, while Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approval might take around three years to finish. He said this length is longer compared to other startups in general but is “less than the average time in the biotech startup scene.”

GlucoJet was one of the startups that received a $100,000-grant from the recent TAQADAM accelerator program, one of KAUST’s flagship entrepreneurship events.

Saled said the grant could help them in developing the product, and especially in meeting potential investors who will support them until they launch the product commercially.

 


Friendly guide to get ready for fun, fitness with the Color Run

Updated 23 min 20 sec ago

Friendly guide to get ready for fun, fitness with the Color Run

JEDDAH: The countdown to the Color Run has begun and the most colorful race on the planet returning to Saudi Arabia on Oct. 26, as part of the General Entertainment Authority’s efforts to attract top entertainment to the Kingdom. There will be a 5-kilometer run in Riyadh this Saturday and one in Jeddah on Nov. 2, with thousands expected to take part at each location.

People who want to take part can visit www.ksa.thecolorrun.com, collect the limited-edition participant packs, and follow this friendly guide to make sure they have an unforgettable experience.

 

Make exercise — in any form — a weekly family activity

Walking or jogging is easy, common and free. But doing it as a family is a fun way to spend time together and improve family life overall. Over the next few days plan a “test run” with the family to see how they fare. It will help them prepare for what is coming and create a special bonding opportunity with children, improve the family’s health, and teach the little ones a valuable lesson about the importance of leading a healthy lifestyle to develop into happy, active adults.

 

Fuel up for your first 5k

The family’s diet leading up to the race will help them stay energized and enjoy their first 5k run, walk or sprint. On the day of the event, offer the family a tasty breakfast that is packed with unprocessed carbs, for example a muffin and an apple, toast with jam and a piece of fruit, or a bowl of cereal topped with raisins or other dried fruit. Don’t forget to hydrate before, during and especially after finishing the run. Plan to arrive at the start line with enough time to use the washroom before the 5k begins without feeling rushed.

 

Show off your colors

It goes without saying that one of the things that makes this run different is the color. That means the best way to get those Instagram-worthy photos is to make sure participants are wearing clothes that help those beautiful colors shine through. While the limited-edition participation packs have everyone covered with the Hero Tour Color Run T-Shirt and other cool gear, it would work in a runner’s favor to sport the white or pastel clothes.

 

Take the essentials

As participants jog, skip or walk through the event, they will want to keep things as light as possible. This is why the event’s organizers recommend bringing only things people really need, preferably things that fit into a light carry-on zip lock baggie. This way they are free to go all out with their dance moves at the post-run finish carnival as well.

 

Make the memories last

Participants are encouraged to make sure to take a before and after photo as a family. One snap in the limited edition Hero Tour Color Run T-Shirt at the starting line, then another after the 5k once the participants are covered in color. Frame it or post it on Instagram to remind family members of their happiest 5k run together.