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Glenn Research Center

NASA Inventions and Contributions Board Space Act Award Received

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Bruce Banks (Alphaport/Space Environment & Experiments Branch) received a Space Act Award from the NASA Inventions and Contributions Board (ICB) for his technology entitled, “Aluminization and Hyperthermal Atomic Oxygen Texturing of Polymethylmethacrylate Optical Fibers For Blood Glucose Monitoring (LEW-17975-1),” which was awarded a U.S. Patent No. 7,382,944 on June 3, 2008.

The technology is a cost-effective atomic oxygen based method of producing the active sensor tip on an optical fiber that is used in a new blood glucose monitoring system that requires much smaller quantities of blood than conventional lance and absorbent strip devices. The reduced pain associated with the requirement of smaller blood samples, and the enhanced affordability of the fiber sensor promotes the more frequent use of the new glucose monitoring system, which results in better glucose level control.