A Silicon Valley company with early funding from the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, as well as the US Department of Defense’s highly secretive Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, is expecting approval of an injectable, permanent under-the-skin biochip sensor made of advanced hydrogel material sometime in the spring.
The chip is being touted as a way to detect COVID infections as soon as the body begins to show symptoms.
It has been known since the end of May, according to the CDC, that COVID is a 99.8% survival rate virus, similar to flu, which is 99.9%. While it is true that severe cases of COVID can have serious after-effects, this is true of any serious case of a respiratory disease, including flu.
Defense One, a defense industry trade website, writes in “A Military-Funded Biosensor Could Be the Future of Pandemic Detection.”
“Why are pandemics so hard to stop? Often it’s because the disease moves faster than people can be tested for it. The Defense Department is helping to fund a new study to determine whether an under-the-skin biosensor can help trackers keep up — by detecting flu-like infections even before their symptoms begin to show. Its maker, Profusa, says the sensor is on track to try for FDA approval by early next year.”
According to a Profusa press release the biosensor is:
Inserted under the skin with a syringe, the string includes a specially engineered molecule that sends a fluorescent signal outside of the body when the body begins to fight an infection. The other part is an electronic component attached to the skin. It sends light through the skin, detects the fluorescent signal and generates another signal that the wearer can send to a doctor, website, etc. It’s like a blood lab on the skin…”
Once implanted the chip is permanent, fusing with living tissue and blood vessels:
“Smaller than a grain of rice, each biosensor is a flexible fiber about 5 mm long and half a millimetre wide, comprised of a porous scaffold that induces capillary and cellular ingrowth from surrounding tissue…The data is relayed to a smart phone for an encrypted personal record and historical tracking. Data can be shared securely via digital networks with healthcare providers”.