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CardieX applies for wearable sensor patent

Steve Rogerson
July 14, 2020

Australian firm CardieX’s Atcor subsidiary has submitted a US patent application for its recently announced wearable sensor technology that measures heart beat. Google-backed Mobvoi in China could be the first user.
The patent application describes a system and method of measuring medically reliable heart and arterial health indicators from a plethysmogram (PPG) light sensor on a wearable device such as a smartwatch or mobile phone when a user places his or her finger on the sensor. The determination of a pulse rate with significant heart and arterial health indicators by way of the patent could previously only be obtained invasively or via a medical device in a clinical setting.
PPG sensors are the most widely used sensors on wearable devices and are incorporated into a broad range of wearable devices produced by technology companies such as Apple, Fitbit, Garmin, Mobvoi and Samsung.
The global wearable medical device market size was valued at US$13.0bn in 2019 and is expected to witness a CAGR of 27.9% over the next seven years with remote patient monitoring of cardiovascular disease and patient risk via non-invasive wearable devices expected to play a major role in the management of global health populations.
"We are already the world leader in measuring arterial stiffness and central blood pressure through our FDA-cleared SphygmoCor technology that analyses central arterial waveforms,” said Craig Cooper, CardieX CEO. “In fact, we are the only FDA-cleared device that provides clinicians a full range of arterial features for managing hypertension in adults with SphygmoCor Xcel. Our plan is to take that leadership position and replicate the same FDA-cleared technology from our medical devices into wearables in order to provide advanced medical diagnostics and health information to consumers, and to build a patent portfolio around our engineering successes to drive increased value for shareholders."
On the commercial application of the patent going forward, Cooper said: "The first application of the patent will most likely be with Google-backed Mobvoi in China as part of our development agreement with that company, but we also intend to license the technology to other wearable and smartwatch companies and to include it in our own medical and consumer wearable devices. Further updates and details of our device strategy will be announced shortly."
CardieX develops digital and device-based products for large-scale population health disorders. The company's SphygmoCor Xcel device measures central blood pressure, which is considered essential for the management of hypertension and related cardiovascular disorders.
Atcor's SphygmoCor technology lets researchers and clinicians non-invasively measure central blood pressure, which provides clinicians with better prognostic and diagnostic information to target effects that cannot be detected with standard brachial blood pressure measurement alone.
More than 4000 SphygmoCor systems are in use worldwide at medical institutions, research institutions and various clinical trials with pharmaceutical companies.