Intricon, developer and manufacturer of medical devices powered by smart miniaturized electronics, today announced that it has launched a new Biosensors Center of Excellence (CoE). The new CoE combines Intricon’s biosensor device expertise and capabilities into a vertically integrated business unit focused exclusively on bringing biosensor devices to the medical market.
“OEMs and start-ups need an approach like this because there are important intricacies in creating medical biosensor devices vs. consumer biosensor products,” said Intricon CEO Scott Longval. “There’s a mass movement toward biosensors for medical applications, such as hospital at home and remote patient monitoring. Creating and commercializing first- and next-generation medical biosensor devices are more complex than ever and must happen at scale and cost profile to meet the demands of these exploding use cases.”
Longval adds that Intricon’s intensified focus on biosensors is a natural evolution for the company, given its more than four decades of experience in wearable medical biosensor devices. Intricon was an early innovator of hearing aids -- the precursor to today’s modern body-worn devices -- and is the primary developer and manufacturer of wearable glucose monitoring devices for the world’s largest med device company.
“We’re responding to the industry, which needs deep expertise in the many complex capabilities required to successfully compete in this quickly emerging device category,” said Dave Liebl, Intricon chief commercial and technology officer.
The Intricon Biosensor CoE team has expertise in high-density microelectronics, miniaturization, ultra-low power, miniature molding, firmware development, and wireless communication, including Bluetooth and Bluetooth Low Energy technology. Intricon plans to expand its team of biosensors experts, with key hires in 2023.
Intricon’s other sensor-driven expertise is in developing and manufacturing medical devices that use electromagnetic (EM) navigation. The company has proprietary modeling and engineering systems to design and produce micro-coils that meet electromagnetic goals such as induction, resistance, sensitivity, and localization performance.