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U of Illinois start-up attracts $750,000 grant for its non-invasive eye injury detector

A University of Illinois (UI) start-up has received a $750,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to develop a technology that could change the way eye injuries are diagnosed and treated.

InnSight Technology is working on a biosensor probe and detection strip to address the lack of effective, non-invasive methods for diagnosing eye injuries.

A severely damaged eye will show leakage of a chemical that is normally only found in high concentrations inside the eye. InnSight’s technology is able to detect the presence of this chemical outside the eye.

“The disposable sensor touches the surface of the eye’s anterior film, collects a tiny volume of tear film that will be drawn to the sensor device, and that will generate the data that can be read on the device itself,” says Dipanjan Pan, assistant professor of bioengineering at UI and co-developer of the InnSight technology. “It will revolutionize the way [providers] diagnose or treat patients,” he adds, “either trauma patients or patients undergoing cataract surgery, or even Marines battling in remote areas hit with a splinter or something.”

InnSight will use the NSF funding to further develop the innovation and to conduct multiple clinical studies. The company aims to commercialize the device within the next two to three years. “We’ll be looking at coming up with some prototype devices that can be used at multiple clinical locations,” Pan says.

Source: The News-Gazette

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