Published on 27 October 2023

Device for self-management of diabetes recognised for non-intrusive monitoring of the condition.

A diabetes device has been recognised for offering improvements to people living with diabetes in their day-to-day management of the condition.

Afon Technology has been awarded a Wales STEM Award for the creation of the world's first non-invasive wearable blood glucose sensor.

The pain-free continuous blood glucose sensor could make life easier for people with diabetes by removing the need to use needles when monitoring blood sugar levels.

The Innovation in Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths (STEM) Award recognised the pioneering technology involved in diabetes management and promise of accessible and non-intrusive health monitoring.

Afon Technology’s non-invasive continuous blood glucose monitoring sensor is worn on the inside of the wrist with or without a watch, and it feeds back to the user’s chosen smart device to display blood glucose data.

Unlike the current continuous glucose monitoring devices, it will measure blood glucose levels in real-time without the need to penetrate the skin at all, making it easier to manage the condition, reducing the risk of diabetes-related complications such as heart attack, stroke, blindness, kidney failure and limb amputations.

The award was presented to the Monmouthshire-based tech firm recently at the 2023 Wales STEM Awards ceremony in Cardiff.

The Innovation in STEM Award recognises a company in Wales that has created and developed innovative products and processes that have impacted the performance of the organisation.

Sabih Chaudhry, CEO for Afon Technology, said: “I am incredibly proud of the entire Afon Technology team for receiving the Innovation in STEM Award.

“Our mission has always been to push the boundaries of what’s possible in healthcare technology, and winning this award is a testament to our dedication.

 “It means a lot to get this recognition in our home nation for something which will have global significance.

“This recognition motivates us to continue our journey, addressing diversity gaps, and inspiring the next generation to dream big and reach for the stars in the world of science and technology.”

Head judge Dr Louise Bright, founder of the Wales Women in STEM network, said: “Afon Technology impressed the judges with its clarity of purpose and determination to address a complex challenge that many others are trying to tackle.

“They are a small team, that have a proven track record and they thoroughly achieve to be recognised for their innovation.”

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