Novartis has this week announced they have entered into an agreement with a division of Google to license its “smart lens” technology for ocular medical uses and create smart contact lenses.
The new partnership will enable the two companies to join forces and develop a smart lens that has the potential to address ocular conditions.
The smart contact lens technology will be equipped with non-invasive sensors, microchips and other miniaturised electronics embedded into the lens. Novartis CEO Joseph Jimenez explains:
“We are looking forward to working with Google to bring together their advanced technology and our extensive knowledge of biology to meet unmet medical needs,”-“This is a key step for us to go beyond the confines of traditional disease management, starting with the eye.”
Sergey Brin, Co-Founder, Google explains :
“Our dream is to use the latest technology in the miniaturization of electronics to help improve the quality of life for millions of people,”-“We are very excited to work with Novartis to make this dream come true.”
The Novartis press release explains :
“The agreement between Google and Alcon represents an important step for Novartis, across all of its divisions, to leverage technology to manage human diseases and conditions. Google’s key advances in the miniaturization of electronics complement Novartis’s deep pharmaceuticals and medical device expertise. Novartis aims to enhance the ways in which diseases are mapped within the body and ultimately prevented.”
For more information on the new smart contact lenses technology and the new partnership between Google and Novartis jump over to the Novartis press release website for details.
Source: Android Authority