Occuity is excited to announce our project to develop a personal use, optical, non-contact, glucose monitor - the 'Occuity Indigo'.
Please note that the Occuity Indigo is in the research and development phase. See FAQs
Occuity Design Director, Daniele De Iuliis, used all the skills and experience he has honed through over 27-years in Apple's world-class Industrial Design team to deliver a beautifully crafted concept design for the Occuity Indigo. The new concept designs show a pen-sized device that will be slim, elegant, unobtrusive and easy to carry within a pocket or small bag.
Simple, easy and pain-free
A press of the top will activate the device and enable the protected optical lens to pop-up. The user would then simply hold the device up to their eye for a few seconds, allowing the Indigo to take multiple scans and measurements, before quickly displaying a clear glucose reading to the user on the front. With no pain and no consumables, the user would be free to test as often as they need or wish to.
Whilst the final production version of the Occuity Indigo is still under development, the inspiration to deliver a glucose monitoring device that is a radical step-change away from the painful and widely disliked devices which currently dominate the market, to a device that is a pleasure to own and use, is clear to see.
With its pain-free and non-invasive and hygienic operation, the Indigo will also be more appropriate for those who may find it hard to use current finger stick testing such as children, seniors or someone not capable of self-administering current glucose tests.
The Occuity Indigo's friendly and familiar pen-like design, unlike existing methods, the Indigo will be able to be comfortably and quickly used in a public setting such as a busy restaurant, coffee shop or office.
What's in a name?
The Occuity Indigo's name was inspired by a number of factors, such as our vision for making regular glucose testing and monitoring easier, safer, quicker and stress-free - simply using light; 'Indigo' being part of the visible light colour spectrum.
The Occuity Indigo will allow those who currently have the hassle of carrying around all the things they need for invasive finger-prick testing, to pick up our device, put it in their pocket and simply - 'go'. With this freedom (alluded to with the reference to ‘Indi’), we hope to make it easier for people with diabetes to go about their lives less encumbered by their need to check their blood glucose levels.
Have your say!
If you're part of our Diabetes Community (or would like to be), we'd love to hear your thoughts on the Indigo name and on the design? Perhaps you have a name you'd like to suggest, or an important feature you would like the device to have. Perhaps, you think some of our other concepts for the device are better.
You can let us know, by taking part in this short survey.
Who are Occuity?
Occuity is a small medtech start up with a big vision - to change the lives of millions of people by developing easier, safer and better solutions to current invasive diabetes screening and monitoring techniques.
What is wrong with existing finger prick testing methods?
Existing methods for monitoring diabetes involve using a drop of blood to test blood glucose levels. Of course this involves taking blood - which is an invasive practice - and when done regularly has many negative side effects.
It can be painful
Regular pricking fingers can lead to hardening of the skin and even potential nerve damage
There is an inherent risk of infection
It is a relatively complicated and time consuming process - especially for young children and the elderly.
It requires considerable care to be taken such as handwashing.
It involves a lot of waste - disposable lancets and test strips - 44+ million Finger prick tests performed daily worldwide!
When I sign up, how will you use my data?
We will never sell your data or pass it on to third parties.
We will not send you needless communications (spam) and you can opt-out at any time.
Newsletter - We will send you our newsletter, so you can keep up to date with our progress. After all, you'll likely want to know how we're getting on.
Surveys - We might send you the occasional survey to help us answer questions that can help us make decisions on the Indigo's development.
Opportunities - We'll let you know about any research groups or clinical trials we organise, giving you the opportunity to express your interest in taking part.
- Your Story - We may ask you to tell us your story and help.
How can I purchase the Occuity Indigo Glucose Monitor?
The Occuity Indigo Glucose Monitor is currently in the research and development phase and is not available for purchase.
How much will the Occuity Indigo Glucose Monitor cost?
As we are still in the research and development phase, this has not yet been determined. We will pursue all avenues to get the monitor to as many people as possible and the Occuity Glucose Monitor will be very competitively priced. The intention is that the meter will be provided on a contract – like a mobile phone – rather than sold outright. And the price per month will be similar.
What will the Occuity Indigo Glucose Monitor be like?
As a personal use device it is important to us that the Occuity Glucose Monitor is a pleasure to own and to use.
When will the Occuity Indigo be available?
The Occuity Indigo Glucose Monitor is currently in the research and development phase. The development of medical devices necessarily takes a number of years as it is necessary to build prototypes, undertake extensive clinical trials and submit the results for detailed regulatory approval.
But you can help to accelerate this timeline by letting us know what you want to see in the meter and perhaps by being involved in the trials.
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How can my support help get the Occuity Indigo to market faster
Occuity recently completed a successful round of funding through the Angel Investment Network which is enabling us to accelerate the research and development of our portfolio of products.