Stratio is Showcasing Their Portable Spectrometer for Prescription Drugs at CES 2017
LinkSquare is a pocket-size smartphone-compatible device used to verify medications' identity with the touch of a button. The user points LinkSquare at the medication to shine a bright light on it. The spectrometer collects data to form the medication's "spectral fingerprint"
LinkSquare will be beneficial for pharmacies to ensure accuracy and speed up the process of filling prescriptions, as well as to enhance operational cost efficiency. The current system where a pharmacist is filling up to 25 prescriptions per hour can lead to dangerous errors. The risk of mix-ups is increased by the proliferation of so-called "look-alike sound-alike"
LinkSquare freesup skilled personnel for patient consulting and allows less specialized employees to accurately and quickly verify the medications. It also serves as a risk mitigation tool that could lower insurance premiums for organizations.
Additionally, LinkSquare can help fight counterfeit drugs, especially in developing countries. The International Criminal Police Organization (INTERPOL) estimates that ten to 50 percent of medications sold there are either fake or fail to meet quality standards. Unfortunately, the resources and training needed to combat counterfeits are often in short supply in these areas.
LinkSquare doesn't require sophisticated and expensive laboratory equipment or highly-trainedpersonnel and can help flag suspicious medications or act as a secondary verification tool when coupled with other analytical techniques in the field.
LinkSquare currently uses both color and near-infrared data to distinguish medications. The next iteration of the device will feature Stratio's proprietary shortwave infrared (SWIR) sensor to make the first ever low-cost, compact VIS/SWIR spectrometer (400-1700nm)
"We are excited to show LinkSquare at the Consumer Electronics Showbecause we strongly believe that access to instant, reliable information about medications will lead to improved health care and help protect patients from counterfeit drugs," said JaeHyungLee.Ph.D.,CEOandco-
Stratio,Inc. wasfounded in2013byfour StanfordElectricalEngineeringPh.D.students and since then has been recognized at numerous startup competitions. Stratio received U.S. National ScienceFoundationSmall BusinessInnovationResearchgrants in 2014 and 2015.
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