Apple hires secret team to develop sensors for treating diabetes: report

The development takes place as pharma and tech companies join forces to tackle chronic diseases using high-tech devices


The hiring of biomedical engineers was done as part of a secret initiative, initially envisioned by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Photo: AFP
The hiring of biomedical engineers was done as part of a secret initiative, initially envisioned by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs. Photo: AFP

Apple Inc. has hired a team of biomedical engineers as part of a secret initiative, initially envisioned by late Apple co-founder Steve Jobs, to develop sensors to treat diabetes, CNBC reported, citing three people familiar with the matter.

An Apple spokeswoman declined to comment.

The engineers are expected to work at a non-descript office in Palo Alto, California, close to the corporate headquarters, CNBC said.

The news comes at the time when the line between pharmaceuticals and technology is blurring, as companies are joining forces to tackle chronic diseases using high-tech devices that combine biology, software and hardware, thereby jump-starting a novel field of medicine called bioelectronics.

Last year, GlaxoSmithKline Plc and Google’s parent firm Alphabet Inc. unveiled a joint company aimed at marketing bioelectronic devices to fight illness by attaching to individual nerves.

US biotech firms Setpoint Medical and EnteroMedics Inc. have already shown early benefits of bioelectronics in treating rheumatoid arthritis and suppressing appetite in the obese.

Other companies playing around the idea of bioelectronics include Medtronic Plc, Proteus Digital Technology, Sanofi SA and Biogen Inc. Reuters

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