Ben Hwang

Profusa’ Ben Hwang on injectable biosensors

In this eighth episode, Ben Hwang, Chairman & CEO of Profusa, provides an overview of injectable biosensors. He explains that the technology enables a model akin to getting a blood test every few seconds of our life (rather than only every few years when sick).

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He predicts that this “unlocked stream of biochemistry data” will become married to other data (e.g. our voice patterns) to provide a panoramic view of our health and wellbeing.

Topics we discussed in this episode
  • Continuous, realtime measurement of an individual’s biochemistry
  • Injectable biosensors
  • Biosensor components
  • Solving the ‘foreign-body response’
  • Blood chemistries that can and can’t be measured in the interstitial fluid
  • Three stages of the sensor
  • Achieving calibration with heterogeneity of tissue
  • Putting multiple chemistries on one single sensor (multiplexing)
  • Episodic measurements taken by a clinician every few years vs realtime direct measurements
  • Changing towards a proactive (forward looking) rather than rear-view looking measurement of blood chemistry
  • Achieving a product cost similar to the price of a Netflix subscription
  • Empowering individuals to be able to make healthcare decisions and decisions about their wellbeing
  • Impacting how insurance companies, healthcare providers etc. think about keeping a population or individual healthy
  • The extent to which today’s medical practitioner will remain as intermediaries
  • The economic need to move to prevention
  • Ambition to touch a billion people
  • Marrying biochemical data to other data such as voice (tones, word pattern), pollen count, activity level etc.
  • Being able to predict and monitor many more biomarkers than the ones we actually have to measure
  • Forthcoming CE and FDA approval
  • Multiyear measurement of glucose in realtime
  • The majority of the population will one day have implantable biosensors for continuous long-term monitoring of blood chemistries
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