Meta Materials Announces Grant of First U.S. Patent for Noninvasive Glucose Detection System
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Foundational patent covers anti-reflective metamaterial films and system architecture
HALIFAX, N.S. / ACCESSWIRE / May 13, 2022 / Meta Materials Inc. (the “Company” or “META®”) (NASDAQ: MMAT), (FSE: MMAT), a developer of high performance functional materials and nanocomposites, today announced that the UK-owned subsidiary proprietary to the Company, Medical Wireless Sensing (“MediWise”), was granted the first U.S. patent (United States 11,298,052 B2) for its glucoWISE® non-invasive glucose sensing system and associated anti-reflective metamaterial films. This foundational patent covers anti-reflective metamaterial films, which improve signal penetration through the skin, and different configurations of the detection system to collect biomarker readings at various locations on the body. The co-inventors are Dr. Georgios “George” Palikaras, Dr. Efthymios “Themos” Kallos and Dr. Helena Cano-Garcia.
“The granting of this patent in the United States is a key step in our development plan for glucoWISE®,” said Dr. Themos Kallos, co-founder and chief scientific officer of META. “This is our foundational patent on non-invasive biosensing using radio waves, built around the central idea of an ultra-thin metamaterial film that acts as an anti-reflective coating for the skin, resulting in increased signal penetration into tissues. It paves the way for a totally painless radio wave-based glucose sensing system in the United States, which is currently home to more than 30 million people with diabetes. »
Lead Inventor Dr Cano-Garcia at the MediWise facility in London, UK
Example of broadband metamaterial film
The glucoWISE® system under development is intended to allow blood glucose monitoring without the need for painful finger pricks. META plans to first introduce a tabletop version of the device, for use at home or in the clinic, followed by a handheld portable version to enable quick and painless monitoring anywhere, and thereafter , a portable version. In July 2021, META announced the completion of a 27-month UK-funded project to develop a non-invasive glucose sensing prototype, which for the first time combined radio waves and optical sensors to improve the accuracy of predicting changes in glucose levels . The development team has since grown and is actively working on the next-generation prototype, suitable for human studies in 2022.
“META’s large and rapidly growing intellectual property portfolio is a key part of our strategy to sustain growth and establish a sustainable competitive advantage,” said George Palikaras, President and CEO. “Dr. Shann Kerner joined us last September as Director of Intellectual Property. Under his leadership, we have just achieved a key milestone, with 302 active utility and design patent documents, more than double the 149 we announced in the second quarter report in August 2021.”
META patent portfolio includes 175 issued patents, including one design patent, and 127 pending patent applications, in 81 patent families, 48 of which include at least one issued patent. There are 15 active patents for glucoWISE®, including 5 granted patents, divided into 6 patent families, 3 of which include at least one granted patent.
About Meta Materials Inc.
META® delivers previously unattainable performance, in a range of applications, by inventing, designing, developing and manufacturing durable and highly functional materials. Our extensive technology platform enables leading global brands to deliver breakthrough products to their customers in consumer electronics, 5G communications, health and wellness, aerospace, automotive and clean energy. Our nano-optical technology provides anti-counterfeiting security features for government documents and currencies and authentication for brands. Our achievements have been widely recognized, including being named Lux Research Innovator of the Year in 2021. To learn more, visit www.metamaterial.com.
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