While a “graphene varactor sensor” might sound like a gadget in Batman’s fictional tool belt, in reality, it could help millions cope with diabetes. Since 1980, the number of Americans diagnosed with diabetes has more than tripled, from 5.6 million to 20.9 million, and its prevalence shows no signs of slowing. The disease is characterized by an inability to produce adequate insulin, and consequently to regulate glucose in the body.
Electrical engineering professor Steven Koester is developing a new type of continuous glucose monitor, which uses graphene to sense glucose wirelessly. He’s examining various device configurations that could lead to better sensors. These sensors could enable people with diabetes to better manage their glucose levels, preventing complications that range from kidney failure and heart disease to loss of vision.
Koester is one of several U of M scientists participating in the upcoming Innovation Showcase: Software & Physical Sciences, sponsored by the Office for Technology Commercialization. Don’t miss your chance to connect with potential research and business partners, and to learn about emerging university technologies in the areas of cleantech, health IT, nanotech, software, sensors and electronics.
Showcase details & agenda
Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012, 4-6 p.m.
McNamara Alumni Center, Maroon & Gold Room
4:00 p.m. Welcome, Office for Technology Commercialization
4:10 p.m. Keynote: “Creating a Thriving Technology Ecosystem,” Margaret Anderson Kelliher, President & CEO, Minnesota High Tech Association
4:30 – 6 p.m. Technology showcase and networking
Register online or call 612-624-0550 by Sept. 25.