Computer Science researchers developing new diabetes monitor

Tuesday, August 2, 2022

Glaucia Melo dos Santos accepting $5,000 cheque for OrientaMED. Photo credit Courtney Caird
Two Cheriton School of Computer Science affiliated researchers are working on a new era glucometer. Nathalia Nascimento, a postdoctoral fellow, and Glaucia Melo dos Santos a Ph.D. candidate, alongside a team of researchers and health professionals are developing new health technology through a startup company called OrientaMED. Their device aims to replace the need to use needles to check blood sugar levels with a less intrusive breathalyzer-like glucometer able to produce instant test results. 

Last month, the team took the stage for the Concept $5K Competition where they impressed local entrepreneurs with their innovative idea and were ultimately named one of the winners, securing $5,000 in funding. Of the win, Melos dos Santos said, "it feels great to win the $5K competition, it has come at a very timely moment as we have our international patent due…to be able to be included in the Canadian startup environment is also great".

You can read more about their journey to market and the technology behind the device in the feature article on Waterloo News,  and learn more about their experience in the Concept $5K as well as the other winners in their blog post