Winnem’s Higham is designed to make it easier to collect blood from the fingers, increasing the amount of volume drawn so that it can be used for more types of tests. The company’s vacuum-assisted device based in New Taipei City, Taiwan, can collect 150 to 500 microliters of blood in about two minutes, depending on the person with the prick of a finger.
Winnoz is currently introducing Hime and EGG, its molecular detection tool that supports isothermal DNA / RNA amplification methods, with the goal of finding new partners and investors at CES ‘Taiwan Tech Arena Pavilion.
Higham was inspired to see childhood memories of founder and CEO Jose Hsukung visiting clinics for routine blood tests. Because her mother’s veins were barely visible, it often took several punctures for the phylobotomists to draw enough blood. Eventually, his veins collapsed. Hsiung began working on the device to maximize the amount of blood by finger prick.
While finger blood draws are commonly used for tests that require less than 10 microlitas of blood, such as glucose monitoring or cholesterol panels, highs can draw enough for people who need large amounts of blood. Is required, potentially helping patients avoid venopuncture blood draws.
The device consists of two parts, the main unit and single-use cartridges that carry blood until this test is performed. Since many clinics and hospitals do not understand, it is designed so that employees can start using it with less training than traditional blood collection methods. Hyme was approved by the Taiwan Food and Drug Administration in 2019 and is used for use by health care organizations, clinics and hospitals.