Medtronic, Qualcomm partner to develop continuous glucose monitoring systems

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Medtronic and Qualcomm, Inc. announced a partnership to develop continuous glucose monitoring systems for patients with type 2 diabetes.

The companies initially plan on developing a single-use continuous glucose monitoring system for general practitioners. The agreement will combine Medtronic’s experience in diabetes management with Qualcomm’s experience in wireless technologies.

Medtronic currently has a MiniMed 530G system that includes an insulin pump and a glucose sensor. The system helps lower patients’ hemoglobin A1c levels and their risk of nerve, eye, and kidney problems. The FDA approved the MiniMed 530G system in September 2013.