Oxford Medical Diagnostics (OMD), a leading developer of advanced proprietary methods of analysing volatile organic compounds (VOCs) in breath, is working with Renfrew Group International (RGi) on the engineering and industrial design of a portable breath analysis device.
The collaboration combines OMD’s scientific research expertise with RGi’s design capabilities to further develop an accurate, low-cost, portable and non-invasive breath analysis platform to identify and monitor certain metabolic and infectious diseases by detecting and measuring VOCs in breath.
OMD’s platform is based on the Company’s main proprietary technology, Cavity Enhanced Absorption Spectroscopy (CEAS), which was developed at the University of Oxford.
The current lab based prototype device is capable of measuring acetone in breath samples at sub-parts-per-million levels, which is in excess of the sensitivity required to detect acetone levels of patients with Type 1 diabetes.
The device is designed for use in Type 1 diabetes, as an aid to diabetes management and to help prevent the onset of Diabetic Ketoacidosis (DKA). In recent months the prototype system was successfully used in its first clinical evaluation, successfully measuring breath acetone from over 100 samples.