A device to measure glucose in exhaled air won a gold medal in the medical category at the 48th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva. The invention also received a Romanian Special Award ‘Laus Ingenii Causa’ in recognition of scientific novelty and creativity, as well as an Iranian Special Award ‘FIRI AWARD’ for the best invention.
The device was created by scientists from the Institute of Electronics at the Faculty of Computer Science, Electronics, and Telecommunications: Dr hab. Eng. Konstanty Marszałek, Associate Professor at the AGH University, Dr hab. Eng. Artur Rydosz, Associate Professor at the AGH University, and Dominik Grochala, MSc Eng.
The device looks like and functions as a regular breathalyser, but analyses the exhaled air for diabetic markers, allowing it to test the level of sugar in an organism, similarly to a glucometer. It can replace traditional blood glucose measurements by means of lancet insertion, and be used both in everyday lives by people suffering from diabetes and for screen tests in hospitals, schools, and nursing homes to perform quick and non-invasive diagnoses. This is truly a revolutionary solution.
The device that was presented in Geneva is the final version that had been prepared for a medical certification by the Advanced Diagnostic Equipment start-up as part of efforts leading to the commercialisation of the device.
The 48th International Exhibition of Inventions in Geneva took place between April 26 and 30, 2023.