A Croatian company, in cooperation with University from Zagreb and Osijek, is looking for a partner to develop an innovative device for continuous monitoring of alcohol in sweat/breath of the examinee. .
Transdermal alcohol measurement encompasses a non-invasive continuous method for determination of alcohol concentration in blood that is comparable with the results obtained using the conventional methods for determination of alcohol in blood, breath and urine. That innovative method allows continuous detection of alcohol consumption in real time.
To determine the alcohol, the sensor should use the principles of optical or electrochemical detection. Built-in chemical energy sources or photovoltaic cells should be used for sensor power supply. Specially developed software should be used for data collection and processing as well as for sensor control. The sensor will be built in an appropriate, easy-to-carry form with an integrated prevention system (bracelet, watch etc.). If the alcohol concentration exceeds the permissible concentration, the sensor would send unpleasant but harmless electrical impulses or vibration stimuli.
Their aim is to develop the prototype of sensor/detector with the following characteristics: fully noninvasive, fast responding, inexpensive, accurate and reliable, of small size and with a minimum maintenance.
Alcohol is responsible for nearly two million deaths in the world per year and also results in work disability in almost 60 million people, of which about 40% are caused by neuropsychiatric disorders caused by alcohol abuse.
The market and potential users of the product are people with alcohol dependence, insurance companies, medical institutions, but also work organizations
Also the significant target group are drivers. This solution could be used by drivers either as a shocker or just as an informant (showing the information on the screen).
The company has involved the researchers from University of Osijek, Department of Chemistry and University of Zagreb, Zagreb Faculty of Electrical Engineering and Computing in development of the concept.
The company is looking for a partner to sign Financial, Joint Venture or Research cooperation agreement.