12/18/2011 8:46:00 AM
Times Union: Making good ideas better
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When John Willis shows off his company's pain-free glucose monitoring device for diabetes patients, it's pretty compact — about the size of a round pill box
But as his East Greenbush-based company, Ultradian Diagnostics LLC, works to get the innovative medical device to market, Willis, the company's chief executive, wants to shrink the wireless device — the Biologue — to the size, and flexibility, of a Band-Aid.
Making a complex medical device like the Biologue smaller while maintaining its accuracy would be a nearly impossible task for a small company like Ultradian, Willis said. A range of companies would have to provide expensive research, prototyping and manufacturing services that aren't typically available to early-stage companies with limited funding, such as Ultradian.