Summary of the technology
A prototype of a novel laser-based displacement sensor enabling subnanometric resolution measurements of biophysical parameters has been developed. The system is in addition extremely compact (few cm3), robust and non-contact. Partners to further develop the current prototype, to pursue novel applications, and/or to establish commercial agreements along with technical cooperation are sought.
A number of biophysical parameters of relevance may be measured using different optical techniques. However, parameters such as pulse shape, blood flow rate or bioelectrical signals contain relevant information on the inner state of the human body. The relevance of measuring such parameters with very fine detail is expected to enable better, earlierstage, predictive therapies.
The ideal measurement technique should thus be of high resolution, accurate, non-contact, repeatable, with low-cost components, non-invasive and non-ionizing, in order to minimize the discomfort of patients in clinical stages or risks in treatments.
The Technology Laser feedback interferometry is a non-contact, non-invasive technique which has been used for monitoring a number of biophysical parameters in the past.
presented involves a novel optical head which enables a stable, portable, compact, singlepoint, low cost sensing approach without contact with the user, based in the optical feedback phenomena. A combination of two laser feedback interferometers enable a selfreferenced optical head which enables high sensitivity measurements (x100 enhancement) of parameters like:
· Blood flow rate
· Bioelectrical currents and voltages
· Pulse rate and shape
· Small-scale skin motion
The technology can equally be applied to detection of badly acquired signals due to patient motion (e.g artifacts in pulse oximetry), or to precise measurement of micro and nanofluidic flows.
Current stage of development
First lab prototype fully operative, hardware and software ready for demo.
Applications and Target Market
Target market involves medical device and equipment manufacturers or developers. As an instance, the system can be applied to measurement of bioelectrical currents, pulse shape, ECG, mecanomiography and other parameters under delicate patients, like in neonathology or intensive care monitoring. The setup is also fully functional in electronics applications, for measurement or current or voltage; in mechanics, for detection of very small displacements, or in fluidics, for measurement of fluid flow.
Novel proprietary optomechanical setup and algorithmics.
Small, compact and robust, enabled as a external sensor head for an instrument Simple principle adaptable to different biophysical parameters Non-invasive, non-contact, with low power consumption Large accuracy single point measurement (1nm change in optical path) Low cost, very compact unit immediately turned into an optical head.
Dedicated signal processing for
Intellectual property status
Technology available for licensing with technical cooperation Patent Status PCT application
Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya - UPC
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